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Group show: HABITAT (over)

20 August 2011 until 23 September 2011
  Galleri Specta

Galleri Specta
Peder Skrams Gade 13
1054 Copenhagen
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Opening the late summer, SPECTA presents the exhibition "HABITAT". In various ways eight artists show works which focus on the human habitat - the physical environment that surrounds, influences and is utilized by humans.

With the video "Habitat", Lars Arrhenius reveals the lives lived in three apartments in a housing block. Through animated piktographs depicting human behaviour, we are reminded of the trivial, stereotypical yet dramatic lives we generally live.

In his video "Bjerringbro" (with the lyrics from the song "Det si'r sig selv" by the well known Danish singer-songwriter C.V. Jørgensen) Svend-Allan Sørensen pays a tribute - for better or worse - to that kind of stereotype life of the village, where he grew up. Bjerringbro is a small town in the north of Jutland, and in the video Svend-Allan Sørensen returns to his roots using the lyrics to comment on this part of his identity.
As in Svend-Allan Sørensen's video, Eva Steen Christensen's flowering carpet deals with tradition versus change, origin versus new. Both Nina Saunders' and Eva Steen Christensen's works on show originate from elements from the context of "home". By merging two very differently designed chairs, Nina Saunders is able to express contrary positions such as claustrophobia/coexistence and longing/imprisonment.

As it is significant for his works, Clay Ketter uses fragments of constructions and buildings. In his works, the constellation of different building parts emphasizes the process itself and by letting the elements occur in a new context, new meanings are made. Peter Callesen's work "Living in my Head" concentrates on a mental point of departure, where the significant aspect is to define the individual element in a larger context.

Daniel Svarre shows his drawings "Poul Henningsen Shadows". Poul Henningsen (Danish architect, designer, writer) was known as the father of the "cultural-radical" movement in the 1930ties. This movement represented social responsibility and international vision. Today his lamps are in most Danish homes, but the the political visions and critics of Poul Henningsen seem to have been lost.

In the larger context also Peter Holst Henckel comments on current regional tendencies of society. In "Amish Widow" we find a window where a brick wall appears to have been built inside, thus keeping everything outside. The window is both visually and physically blocked.

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