Opening: Friday November 20 at 4 – 6 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday November 19 at 7.30 pm
The exhibition “Mono” is composed of a series of portraits. The artist’s intention has been to pin-point a state of mind. Each portrait is keyed to a particular colour, chosen by the sitter as a starting point. The frames of the paintings match the colour given to the individual portraits: motive and frame are thus brought together and find their own harmony.
Faces in the paintings are averted: eyes in the picture fail to meet the eye of the beholder. By such means, Trine Søndergaard seeks to carve out an intimate space round her subjects. In traditional portraiture, the motive is either private or representative: the portrayed subject, for example, might be a family member or else a public person. By contrast, Trine Søndergaard is interested in the possibilities of a portrait occupying a deliberately anonymous space. These pictures are in a sense anti-portraits by virtue of the fact that they are trying to catch a condition and not a “likeness”. The photographer observes what is happening visually when the gaze is recessive and the face barely visible. The portraits disappear, almost, into their own respective colours.
A book on the exhibition, Monochrome Portraits, with texts by Ph.d Mette Mortensen, will be issued by the German publishing house Hatje Cantz in December.
Trine Søndergaard was born in 1972. Her work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, and she is represented in a wide range of collections. In 2000 she received international recognition for her exhibition “Now that you are mine” and the published monograph that accompanied this event. In April of this year she received a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Her current project “How to Hunt”, made in collaboration with Nicolai Howalt, will be exhibited at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in the fall of 2010. Meantime, in the spring of next year, Trine Søndergaard´s portrait project “Strude” will be exhibited at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.