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Nils Erik Gjerdevik
November 8, 2008-
January 18, 2009
An insistent installation by notable Danish artist Nils Erik Gjerdevik takes over the third floor of the exhibition hall at GL Strand. Gjerdevik's works of bright colours and ruptured forms challenge our perception of abstract art.
The installation, specifically created for the gallery space of GL Strand, is both playful and orderly. Gjerdevik meets the audience with a sensual inferno that he refers to as “anti-authoritarian.”
Nils Erik Gjerdevik was born in Norway in 1964. He studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 1984 and has since held a central position in Danish abstract art. He is known for his original and innovative approach to the history of abstract and expressionistic art and has contributed to a number of public designs, including one at Copenhagen University Amager and Copenhagen Opera House.
Gjerdevik’s images balance on a fulcrum of the recognizable and the unknown, the orderly and the expressive. In a compact installation of both painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture Gjerdevik allows for a dynamic dialogue between the works to unfold.
”Everything is carried out in a precisely measured relationship between intuition and control. The synthetic colour scheme of Gjerdevik’s paintings smells of plastic and Donald Duck, but at the same time demonstrate refined interplay. Hidden in Gjerdevik’s works are cryptic taxonomies which again and again are challenged by pattern breaks and sudden mutations”, says Curator Pernille Fonnesbech.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue and texts by art historian Christian Foghmar and visual artists Ferdinand Ahm Krag and Christian Vind.