Pernille With Madsen
Dissolution, imbalance, disorientation, collapse and loss of control are core themes in the work of Pernille With Madsen (b. 1972). Through video, photography, drawing and installation With Madsen creates various impossible, but insisting experiments, which, in each their own way, evokes a fundamental scale-related and spatial confusion in the spectator. An underlying motivation in her work is a continually, liberating and playful wonder of our world’s spatial and visual phenomena and contexts, together with a desire to induce an element of disorientation and imbalance in our otherwise set view upon the world. Through simple, but often difficult and backwards measures, the artist establishes a universe which affects the spectator both visually, physically and mentally, and which cause a feeling of forfeiture through a combination of dizziness, euphoria, visual distortion and spatial deconstruction. Besides the physical, almost phenomenological, effect With Madsen’s works have on the spectator, the artist also have an ambition to dissolve the symbolic and authoritative values of architecture and to let in a sliver of disorientation and loss of control, to expose the underlying structures which saturate space and architecture.