Unfunctionality - 16 May - 22 June
Group exhibition by Anna Stahn, Cathrine Raben Davidsen, Karl Monies,
Kristoffer Raasted, Lulu Kaalund, Nat Bloch Gregersen and Studio ThinkingHand
Anna Stahn: b. 1994, Denmark. Stahn is a visual artist and writer educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and The New School in New York. In 2018 Stahn exhibited in ”Drawings” at Alice Folker gallery and had an exhibition in an old bathhouse titled ”What The Water Tells in Kofu”, Japan at The Airy Foundation.
Cathrine Raben Davidsen: b. 1972, Denmark. In 2006 Raben Davidsen received her MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Raben Davidsen has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad. Her work is represented in numerous prominent museum collections and institutions, including The National Gallery of Denmark, Horsens Art Museum and The New Carlsberg Foundation i Denmark.
Karl Monies:b. 1984, Denmark. Monies has studied both at Gerrit Reitveld Academy in Amsterdam, Slade School of Fine Art in London and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in Guangzhouand has lived in Berlin for several years. His work has been presented in galleries all over the world among others in ”Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” at Blain/Southern London in 2015and “Gamut” at Alice Folker Gallery in 2018.
Kristoffer Raasted: b. 1988, Denmark. Holds a MFA from The Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 2014 Raasted exhibited at the Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and at Galleri Asbæk in 2013.
Lulu Kaalund: Recently, in 2019 Danish artistKaalund has participated in the exhibition “8. marts” at Collaborations by Asbæk.
Nat Bloch Gregersen:b. 1986, Denmark. Educated from The Jutland Art Academy in Denmark in 2015. Bloch Gregersen has exhibited at Kunsthal Aarhus Sculpture Park 2017, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning 2018 and is currently selected as one of 8 danish artist to exhibit at the international biennale for contemporary art - JCE biennale 2019-2021.
Studio ThinkingHand: A Danish-Australian collective consisting of Rhoda Ting and Mikkel Dahlin Bojesen. In 2017 they exhibited their work at “Festival of Future Nows” at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and in 2018 they showed the installation “Mycelium Moon” at Vejle Kunstmuseum.
Opening May 16, 2019, 17-20. Performance by Kristoffer Raasted 18.00 pm.
The exhibition is open until June 22, 2019.
In our hectic modern life functionality has become close to serve as an ideology. Chained to everyday life ideas of function, utility, measurable results, linear time and schedules, everything finds its existential eligibility by having a certain purpose – from the things we surround ourselves by to our own human bodies and lives. The state of the unfunctional can be said to be a fundamental anxiety of this society based on efficiency and optimization. Just think about the common phrase “out of order”, which by defining the lack of functional quality, implies a rejection of society; left behind, trashed and forgotten as useless cast-off of our material world. The question arising is, what then is the purpose of a functionless object? The phenomenon of unfunctionality points toward an empty space, an in-between open for interpretation and a sphere of the aesthetic and poetic care and enjoyment of the self enriching our lives. The purpose is nothing less than the presence itself. Being just for the sake of being. Art offers this momental space of breath freed time and space, freed from our functionalized society. Perhaps what we need is more unfunctionality?
Alice Folker Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, which rethinks the concept of design, materials and sustainability. The contributing artists are Anna Stahn, Cathrine Raben Davidsen, Karl Monies, Lulu Kaalund, Nat Bloch Gregersen, Studio ThinkingHand and Kristoffer Raasted presenting unique works that emphasizes materiality and textural sensuousness. Design-based artworks, sculptural flower-stands, organic ceramic sculptures, colourful crochet rugs, soft neon-works, wall decorations and an intangible lyrical performance are unfolded in the gallery space. The exhibition contemplates the debate on aesthetics and function and challenges the traditional conception of design as having primarily functional purpose inherited from the modernism. By recalling the classical modernistic catchphrase ”l’art pour l’art” (art for art’s sake), Unfunctionalitytwists this view into a contemporary interpretation of the concept of design, exhibiting
post-functional objects that explores the crossover between the realm of art and design and the firmly established idea of functionality – or unfunctionality - linked to this distinction.