Feeling disoriented? That was Kørner’s objective. The Danish artist calls his new exhibition “a freezing cold, frozen dream.” And the central installation is, indeed, a massive blue wave that builds in the first two rooms and breaks in the third. Displayed haphazardly along its surface are lush acrylic paintings of human figures in peril: a man falling backwards into water, another crawling on hands and knees, men and women bobbing in a body of water like survivors of a shipwreck.
By now, the connection between current events and “Blue Bedroom” is clear. The exhibition “has a relation to a situation in the southern part of Europe,” Kørner has said. “The situation where refugees are trying to enter Europe, and lots of them are lost in the Mediterranean Ocean.”
Suddenly, as you’re standing there, shivering, it makes perfect sense that the exhibition space is so cold. It puts you, as the viewer, in an uncomfortable position, and by extension, in closer contact with the subject.