The exhibition juxtaposes Havsteen-Mikkelsen’s narrative oil paintings with Pettersen's abstract concrete sculptures. The architectural theme suggests a fragile and tangible condition that
swings between something recognisable and something more imaginative and improbable.
Petterson's sculptures/installations are concrete modules and carriers of a variable potential that characterises building blocks. They can always be constructed in a different way - which their rickety expression also emphasises. In contrast to the material's iconic robustness the works portray a looming collapse. The idea that suddenly the concrete modules are scattered on the floor in a drastically changed constellation enhances their expression with energy and states of vulnerability. Petterson explores the material potential and space, by constructing chosen formats that mime a fundamental architectural form.Havsteen-Mikkelsen´s painterly explorations are concerned with the architectural frames we erect around our lives and which take part in governing the way we lead our lives. Therefore, it is a recurring feature that Havsteen-Mikkelsen selects subjects that are often canonised and normative architectural buildings, such as Le Corbusier’s 1931 Villa Savoye in Paris or Richard Neutra’s Chuey House in California from 1958. In the cases where the point of departure isn’t famous buildings and is clearly abstract, Havsteen-Mikkelsen focuses on the architectural structure where the modernist traits carry the narrative. In his choice of subject matter, he plays on a collective memory of modernism’s spaces but his interests lie in the mental space that buildings are exponents for, rather than the concrete space they represent. Havsteen-Mikkelsen uses architecture to explore painting and its meditative, reflective, cathartic and aesthetic qualities.