SPECTA's first exhibition of the year features works by textile designer and artist Isabel Berglund and visual artist Signe Jaïs. Common for both artists is that their art hover on a Borderland: in a limbo, where mutation and deconstruction lead to new forms and places that are at the same time both unknown and familiar.
Isabel Berglund skillfully knits her objects and installations. While we are all familiar with knitting, in Berglund's hands, what starts off as an ordinary piece of knitting, takes on a new direction and transforms into unexpected forms, balancing between function and abstraction, hard and soft, the familiar and the unexpected. In the "Floating Pearls", a knitted collage hangs from the ceiling and spreads out on the floor - as a piece of knitted garment, apparently left behind by coincidence. One feels as if the garment was worn by someone with the pearls around her neck. The person has now dissolved and, in color and all, become one with the very objects that fashioned her or his appearance: the pearls and the knit garment. While one still has an idea of the initial function of the object, it soon becomes obvious that a transformation is taking place, and that we are witnessing an object in the state of transition.
Signe Jaïs' works often deal with a state of transition. In her works she returns to the same motifs: the hotel, the airplane, the car, the caravan - all objects illustrating the state of being on the move from one place to another. I Signe Jaïs' new works we find ourselves once again being in transition. The work titled "Borderland" is made up of numerous geometric shapes in green, yellow, brown and blue which are juxtaposed and forming an abstract landscape indicating fields and sky. At the same time, the colored fragments are juxtaposed in such a way that they build a new space of their own. In the middle of this landscape, buildings wedge in, creating an ambiguous mood of a borderland, where neither landscape or city, nor nature or culture dominate. The fragmented landscape is like a limbo, where everything can happen or appear.
Isabel Berglund (b. 1971) is educated as Textile Designer at Central St. Martins in London. In recent years, she has participated in a series of exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. In 2011, she participated in: "A New Hook" at Bellerive Museum in Zurich, solo exhibition at Gallery bn24 in Hamburg, "Mailles - art in lane" in Maison du Denemark in Paris. In 2010, she was exhibited at "MINDCRAFT" at Zona, Tortona and at Rossana Orlandi both in Milan. And in 2009, her works were exhibited at Cheonju international Crafts Biennale, Main Exhibition II, in Korea.
Signe Jaïs (b. 1967) graduated from The Royal Danish Art Academy in 1996. She has also participated in a series of exhibitions: "Compulsions" (with Frances Goodman and Rocio Infestas) at SPECTA, "Huskegruppen", "Palles børnebørn", Clausens Kunsthandel, and at Gallerie MøllerWitt in Århus (among others opening at 2011 and "Popblandninger" with Rasmus Lütken and Jes Wind Andersen). The Danish Arts Agency and the New Carlsberg Foundation have purchased works by Signe Jaïs.