V1 Gallery presents
12 New Paintings by Ulrik Crone
A solo exhibition in Gallery II
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY MARCH 2. 2018. TIME: 17.00 - 21.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MARCH 3 – April 14. 2018
V1 Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition 12 New Paintings by Ulrik Crone.
For the past 3 years Ulrik Crone disappeared into his studio. On a quest to transform a memory of an emotional space
into form. An opaque meditative idea about the relationship between space, emotion and memory had preoccupied him
for some time. How can you possibly transfer a psychological landscape - part emotional experience, part dream,
rooted in a physical space, into a medium that could be experienced by others. A classic artistic predicament. An
artistic undertaking that is often underestimated. The artist as thinker, craft man, scientist, researcher and developer.
Through thorough experimentation with different media Crone gradually developed and perfected the process behind
his new body of work. A compound between painting and photographic processing.
Crone photographs with whatever fits the moment, large format cameras, handy pocket cameras or iPhone. From his
photos, whether film or digital, he creates black and white negatives in either 45 x 65 or 33 x 46 cm. The negatives are
1:1 with the size of the work he intends to create. A thin layer of photo emulsion is painted on to wooden plates, primed
only with a thin layer of oil paint, the negatives are mounted on the wooden plates in a dark room. The image from the
negative is then transferred on to the wooden “canvas”. A temperamental transformation where negative, chemistry, oil
and wood reacts. Once the wooden panels dry Crone paints into the surface once again and the works gain additional
layers. In the new body of work Crone has worked predominantly with variations of ultramarine, silver, grey and black.
In the new series, Crone examines the periphery of urban and rural landscapes. The motifs are not picturesque in the
classical sense. A gas station at an intersection, a winter road lined with bare trees, a mundane store front hidden by a
haphazardly arranged wall of flowers, scooters on an empty neon lit street, the entryway to a non-descript metro station
and the underpass of a highway bridge. Nothing to see here. Move along. This can’t be the place. So common that it
feels wrong or even eerie. Why spend so much time and effort on rendering these mundane gaps or aesthetic glitches
in our exciting and photogenic world. The works become almost confrontational in their norm core imagery. These are
not destinations you will find on anybody’s top 10 lists, Instagram perfections or Facebook realizations.
These works deal with the real. The beauty and blues of being human. The common and extraordinary shit we all must
deal with. The imperfections, the lost minutes, blurred lines, anxieties, trivialities, the nine to five. Crone creates
headspace in the new group of works. In the periphery there is a place for contemplation. Conversation. Exchange.
Each work is a multi-dimensional emotional landscape where author and audience converge. And there is an
overwhelming beauty in the sensation of sharing the human experience – especially the part that doesn’t photograph
well. The 12 New Paintings are a welcome antidote to the groomed personal architecture so favoured by western
civilisation at present.
Ulrik Crone, born 1964, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was educated at The Danish Royal Academy of
Fine Arts. Crone has pursued a multidisciplinary artistic path as a visual artist, documentary filmmaker and radio talk
show hosts. In all facets of his work he is preoccupied by social systems and often engages individuals or groups on
what is perceived as the fringes of society. This is Ulrik Crone’s fourth exhibition with V1 Gallery.