The concept of the presentation is an investigation into colour and materiality, represented here by the artists Birk Bjørlo (DK/NO) and Ruth Campau (DK). With an outset in painting they try to challenge and explore the classical medium both breaking with tradition and in a sense dissecting, breaking it down to its bare essentials.
Ruth Campau explores the viscosity of paint on a variation of surfaces, emptying her work in a minimalist tradition of all emotion and connotation laying bare its elements. Acrylic paint, plastic, cloth, various fabrics, mylar and mirror are her materials with which she puts together her highly aesthetic and conceptual works. While to a large degree extending her work out into the space, she maintains that she’s a painter, but rather she explodes the elements of painting underlining her fascination of materiality and colour.
Birk Bjørlo too questions the notions of painting but here adhering to paintings classical material, oil paint. Rather than taking the idea of a painting apart he works in extremely pastose layers of oil paint, classically building his works. His questions arise in his choice of colours, which aren’t quite natural. Screaming orange, stark pink, toxic green etc. make up his palette, questioning classical notions of colour harmony and instead creating his own contemporary spectrum.
In relation to both artist’s investigation into and questioning of painting, the presentation of their works in the booth will seek to underline this. Birk Bjørlo’s works will hang or stand (which ever is possible) independent of the walls of the booth. Ruth Campau will have an acrylic tile painting laying on the floor coming out from a corner of the booth and over it on the back wall will hang a mirror and mylar scrape acrylic painting.
All of the works in the booth brings painting out into an unfamiliar position, either questioning colour or materiality and hereby the position of painting in contemporary society.