Alexander Tinei, Untitled (Woman with Bird), 2010, 50 x 40 cm, oil on canvas
With the show "HUMAN" SPECTA presents works by Peter Callesen (DK), Andrew Sendor (US), Camilla Thorup (DK) and Alexander Tinei (MD/HU). By working in a figurative and direct style and adding certain elements or displacements, their works tell us about a condition.
Peter Callesen (1967, DK) constructs a dilemma, a build-in resistance in his paper cut works. A figure or a motive arising from Callesen's white paper leaves an imprint, a negative, and with this imprint both the intention - what is cut - as well as the inevitable trace - the hole - become the tale of the object. A tale, which is often a hint or a suggestion, like traces of a person or an extract of a universal human dilemma and where both sides of the question arise from the same paper.
Andrew Sendor (1977, US) is presenting the piece "Installation view: Annie Macdonald, Lucy Macdonald and Jesus Macdonald, Artists Unknown, 2028, human beings and mixed media, dimensions variable" at the show. The painting is seductive, the motive is beautiful and innocent, precise and accurately made. But the title is horrifying, and it creates a sense of a terrible and repulsive story. In Sendor's hypothetical future human beings are stuffed and exhibited, and like an opening to a "the back side" Andrew Sendor questions representation and the story about us as human beings.
Camilla Thorup's (1976, DK) drawing "Mr. Hand" is using the simple trick to put a tie around the wrist of a hand, and hereby making the hand very human. Instantly as it often occurs in Thorup's works, the hand seems to be in a situation, which is not a choice but simply a condition. In some cases the characters of Camilla Thorup's paintings are standing in strange, more or less abstract formations, balancing like acrobats or in special positions.
Alexander Tinei (1967, MD/HU) portrays human beings in an unbalanced state. Tinei adds simple elements, thus creating paintings of people in a more volunable state, like when a lying man with a box over his head, or when a woman puts a bird into her mouth. A description of a sense of awkwardness, which is easy to sense for the viewer. Furthermore the often vein-like marks in Alexander Tinei's works add to the sense of people marked by experience.