Nikolaj Recke, 2009
'A Cuban Cigar for Sam'
NO REGRETS CONGRATS SAM
Stalke Up North in Copenhagen are very happy to announce the opening of the Surprise group show 'NO REGRETS, CONGRATS SAM' which is a celebration of Mr Sam Jedigs 50th annivesary, and where a selected group of artists, whome have exhibited in Stalke Gallery at some point since the opening in 1987, participate with one work of art of own choice.
Since the middle of the 1980s, artist and galleryowner Sam Jedig, with his numerous projects, has been one of the most experimental figures of the Danish Art scene. Reaching beyond traditional categories and conventions for how to do things, he has with critical enthusiasm and curiosity, and with a unique openness and generosity led Stalke Gallery as a procedural work of art in constant evolution. This has inevitably involved unpredictability and risk, but with the approach he has found opportunities for innovation of the gallery form itself, and he has discovered new artistic talents as few others.
Although he unquestionably represents a kind of institution, he has always refused to be established and controlled by 'business as usual'. He is always on the way forward. As he said in a newspaper interview in 1993, his dream was to travel around Europe with his surfboard on the roof of the car and make art projects.
And this describes quite precisely the spirit of his many projects, from Stalke Gallery which opened in 1987 and which remains the focal point along with Stalke Collection and the Gallery Project 'Stalke Out of Space' which he launched in 1991, Gallery Kirke Sonnerup, which ran from 2002 to 2007 to Stalke Up North which was opened by Sam Jedig and Camilla Rohde Madsen, last year in Copehagen.
Later this year he opens the project space The Black Cube, a 2x2x2 m black painted box, located in the free nature in Iceland, which he for many years has had a close relationship with. Sam Jedig also publishes a publication with his latest project Artstamp.dk, a Mail Art project, where he, with stamps as a medium, address our global political realities.
The common thread in all the experiments is an irrepressible and, in so far rather un-Danish, dedication to the conceptual-based art in its many expressions, both historical and contemporary. Sam Jedig has in Stalke Gallery exhibited the art pioneers from the 1960s to its rediscovery in the "90s-art" and the continuation of the contemporary generation. And many, many more. From Denmark and the world. The range is impressive and characterize a nothing less than a unique function in relation to both domestic and international standards.