Ebbe Stub Wittrup
Figures of Perception
09.12.16 – 07.01.17
Martin Asbæk Gallery is proud to present: Figures of Perception – a solo exhibition by the Danish artist
Ebbe Stub Wittrup. Wittrup’s philosophical and thought-awakening exhibition shows some of his
newest works that challenges the human perception of reality.
With the series Perception Figures, which is behind the name and theme of the exhibition, Wittup implicates
elements from perception research and thematise our acknowledgement of reality. Partly as
a phenomenological and scientific project and partly as an always active question for the beholder, in
their encounter with the work.
The work series are based on a sequence of sketches from 1926 by the Danish perception researcher
Edgar Rubin, who is mostly famous for his two-faced vase, where you either see two faces or a vase.
These sketches that the work is based on, creates an illusion between figure and ground. Wittrup has
moulded these illusions into physical plaster objects. He then photographed them as well in a classical
light and shadow studio. With subtle grips the works remind us of the often ambivalent relationship
between the physical and what our eyes perceive in our daily interaction with objects.
Earlier this year Perception Figures were exhibited as part of a comprehensive international solo exhibition
of Wittrup’s works at Kunstverein Braunscweig in Germany and in 2015 they were included in
the collection at the Danish National Museum of Art.
For Wittrup perception isn’t something that only happens on our retina. It is a complex and dynamic
process affected by individual, social, historical and cultural patterns. Psychology, mythological tales
and even art history plays a decisive role on how we perceive a given phenomena.
It is expressed in the work series: Repetition of a Word Thirty Three Times that portrays the grasshopper
in a double cultural portrait. In the eastern mythology the grasshopper is perceived as an animal
hat brings happiness, and is connected to prosperity and spiritual attributes. In the Bible on the other
hand the grasshopper is viewed more as an ominous pesticide. The work emphasises different views
and mythologies and how they reflect and shape the world as it appears to our senses and intellect.
The work will be part of a large Danish contemporary exhibition fall 2017 at AROS – Aarhus Art Museum.
Are we capable of differing between what is myth and what is reality? What does highly finished aluminium
poles for example have to do with a quote from an unknown philosopher? And what does
photocopy paper has to do with Jørn Utzons house in Mallorca? Wittrup raises these questions in two
other works. Lastly mentioned works were both created under an artist in residence stay in Jørn Utzons
house in Mallorca and shown at Wittrups solo exhibition: Quote From an Unknown Philosopher
at Kunsthalle São Paulo i 2016.
Ebbe Stub Wittrup (born 1973, Aarhus, Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. He was a professor at
Art Academy Jutland since 2012. During 2016 Wittrup had three mentionable solo exhibitions at Kunstverein
Braunschweig in Germany, CCA Andraxt at Mallorca and Kunsthalle Sao Paulo in Brazil. AROS art museum and
Kirchner Museum in Davos has shown solo exhibitions with Wittrup in 2014 & 13. Furthermore Wittrup has been
part of several group exhibitions in both Denmark and abroad. He is represented in several collections here and
as well as abroad, amongst other: The Danish National Museum of Art, Collection Munich-Re, Thyssen-Bornemisza
Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, ARoS Museum of Modern Art, Aarhus, Denmark, Falconer Gallery,
USA, New Carlsberg Foundation donation for the Danish Cultural Institute, Beijing, China, Statoil Art Collection.