Posts Tagged ‘Denmark’

Hotel Fox

Published January 15, 2010 by Graham

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In 2005, Copenhagen’s Hotel Fox invited a slew of designers from around the world to transform their 61 rooms into works of art. Artsy hotels abound in most metropolitan cities across the globe, but Hotel Fox remains one of the warmest creative spins on transitory living. Australian design collective Rinzen’s above-pictured room, “Sleep Seasons,” takes the cake. Who doesn’t want to hibernate in a big comfy tent, surrounded by adorable woodland forest creatures?

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Mads Lynnerup

Published October 28, 2009 by Molly

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We’d all agree that art loses something in the translation from real life to web. Paintings never look as good online as they do in real life. Drawings shrink; colors get screwy, there’s no sense of scale and what’s intended to provoke treads softly.

That said, some work translates better than others, and Mads Lynnerup’s videos––while more intense in their intended installation settings–are an experience worth catching online. The Denmark-born artist splits his time between Copenhagen and New York, and has shown work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, at P.S.1, at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and in many other places.

Check out his 2008 video Routine here.

From Wonderland With Love

Published October 14, 2009 by Molly

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Things that remind us of Denmark include vikings, Hamlet, that “o” with the line through it, breakfast pastries and peace. Now we can add another one to the list: comics!

The aptly titled From Wonderland With Love features the best of contemporary Danish comics––and with weather like they have up there, you can bet that a lot of drawing gets done.

If we had to generalize, we’d say that Danish comics specialize in a clean visual style, deadpan humor and a fidelity to revealing strange truths. Highlights include Ib Kjeldsmark’s tangerine dream “Sloth” and Allan Haverholm’s trippy “Tomb of the Rabbit King”, though it’s hard to go wrong with an anthology that features contributors named “Zven” and “Søren”.

Peter Callesen

Published August 31, 2009 by Molly

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The bulk of Peter Callesen’s work is crafted from regular A4 sheets of paper– what he calls “probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today.” The simplicity of the material belies a meticulous technique that the artist wields in order to form spiders, birds, skeletons, cages, and, memorably, a tableau of hell from the stuff everyone else uses as scratch paper.

Callesen, who lives and works in Copenhagen, grounds his work in the assertion that “we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper…by taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning.”

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