SPECTA opens the fall season with the solo show "Back to Culture" by Svend-Allan Sørensen. In a humorous and edgy combination of woodcuts, installation and sound we are presented to our influence on nature and to the nature in ourselves.
The Exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Agency and the Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse. We thank Nordsjö.
Back to Culture takes off with numerous textual woodcuts using the bird as a metaphor in a jumble of words, and creating a bunch of flapping black birds. The texts, which are bits and pieces from song lyrics, the internet, slang and sayings are absurd, paradoxical and ironic and present a complex idea of the relation between nature and culture. It is questionable if the bird in this context is about nature at all.
With a large sized landscape installation another space in the gallery will introduce a crossing between the classic gallery space and a museum of natural history. The large photo stats holding images of an artificial stoneage landscape, added a series of "natural" elements - stuffed animals and manipulated images of animals and bushes - show that going back to original nature is impossible, the experiment is a cultural idea. We find ourselves pretending nature, seeking the origin, but instead of Back to Nature we go Back to Culture!
Svend-Allan Sørensen works continuously with the relation between nature and culture. An investigation holding both a common, general perspective as well as being a personal issue to. With his exhibition Back to Culture, he challenges our understanding of nature versus culture. This is also one of the themes in his coming show "We'll Meet Again" at Kunsthallen Nikolaj in Copenhagen, opening on September 4.
Svend-Allan Sørensen (b. 1975) graduated from the Funen Art Academy in 2002. He has done solo shows at Vendsyssel Museum of Art and Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art. He has participated in exhibitions at a.o. Vestsjælland Museum of Art, Funen Museum of Art, Esbjerg Museum of Art, Den Frie, KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad and Johannes Larsen Museum.