Fragments of Remembrance
Astrid Kruse Jensen
11 September – 17 October 2015
Astrid Kruse Jensen’s solo exhibition at Martin Asbæk Gallery is showing works from “Fragments of Remembrance”. In the works she explores the concept of memory in two tracks that run parallel in their treatment of memory as living, poetic displacement of reality.
The motivic starting point for the first track is ‘drip-photographs’ created with negatives from Astrid Kruse Jensen’s family; the other part of the series has been photographed by Astrid Kruse Jensen herself – primarily with old plastic cameras from the 1950s, from the same era as the negatives.
When she creates her works in the darkroom with developer in drips or as small organic explosions, the chemistry works in a field with equal proportions of chance, oblivion and rewriting. Parts of the sub¬jects are emphasized; others – perhaps even those originally intended as the central ones in the pictures – remain undeveloped.
In the works showing landscapes and houses, reflection and the discreet play of backlight are recurring features. Reflection distorts or displaces. When the reflections have the effect that one can no longer distinguish the actual subject from the reflection itself, the motif ends up miming the complexity of mem¬ory. The subject is dissolved where the reflections take over, and this creates an entirely new universe with only a brief existence.
Kruse Jensen challenges the no-man’s land between the visible and the hidden, between the real and the imagined, in the way we know from her earlier works. She questions the very concept of memory – including the memory associated with the photographic medium. At the same time she is eternally seek¬ing to explore the potential of photography, to investigate and challenge photographic origins. She lets the chemical process become part of the creation of the work.
Astrid Kruse Jensen trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Glasgow School of Art. Since she moved back to Denmark in 2002 she has exhibited widely at home and abroad and is represented in many collections, both public and private – including AROS, The National Museum of Photography, The John Kobal Foundation, Manchester City Gallery, Vestsjællands Kunst Museum, The Ny Carlsberg Foundation, Kunstmuseet Brundlund Slot and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena. She has published three books, most recently Beauty Will Always Be Disturbed from Kehrer Verlag in 2014.