Lars Christensen’s (DK, 1972) style is yet another fascinating tour through the vast engine room of contemporary painting. His newest works made especially for Code Art Fair are a reaction to colors as energy, motion and matter. The organic structure is created by perforating holes or slits of various sizes in the canvas where color, when pushed through, is allowed to “grow” and reproduce in many forms and shapes. The holes and colors appear as an endless pattern that tightens and expands the space, which establishes the transition between the physical and mental aspects of the images. The relativity of colors, how they interact with the surface and each other, as well as with the interaction of the light and space is explored in the paintings and works on paper.
By applying the paint as form, a movable and manipulable substance and not just as coloring material, the process adds a third-dimensionality, creating a sculptural expression. The work is at the same time painting and sculpture. The square format allows the colors in the paintings to expand equally to all sides and create an organic frame (like a sphere with a center) which dissolves the boundary between space, image and viewer.
With the new series Christensen wants to redeem the act of painting as a “self-thinking organism", an organic object with its own built-in logic, systems, directions and structure, releasing color and energy, simulating nature and life. Nature’s properties are also an important component to the work. Warm air is needed to dry the ”hanging” acrylic paint and the whizzing sound of the fan brings to mind reminiscence of water, air, waves, vegetation, soil, substance, temperature etc… Additionally, minimal music of Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Terry Riley, Phillip Glass and others accompany the investigation of the border between polychromatic and monochromatic expressions on the same support. The result is an imitation of nature and the cosmos, and most importantly, a spiritual and psychological dialogue with the viewer through the hues and substance.
Lars Christensen (DK, 1972) lives and works in Copenhagen. His paintings are in The National Danish Art Foundation, Ny Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen Cultural Fund, Nykredit Collection, Denmark and many private collections in Europe and the United States. His works were presented in September 2016 for the first time in the United States at EXPO CHICAGO with great success in a dedicated booth to him and Meg Webster. Lars will be part of the upcoming exhibit ‘The Brask Collection meets Willumsen’, J.F. Willumsen Museum, Frederikssund, DK.