Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt, a mini-retrospective
Press release from Bruce Silverstein Gallery:
Bruce Silverstein is pleased to present an exhibition of recent and early work by the artists Nicolai Howalt & Trine Søndergaard. Living and working together in Denmark, their art shares a history and evolution as well as an intersection, which becomes apparent in this mini-retrospective. This is the first show to incorporate multiple series by each artist (side-by-side) provoking a conversation regarding a mutual influence, either aesthetically perceptible, or sometimes more subtle – a joint exploration of fragile and ineffable motifs. Juxtaposing the artists’ collaborative projects with their separate endeavors highlights a shared attention to their cultural heritage as well as an interest in marking transition, evolution, spaces of limbo, and the continuum of life and time.
Both artists began their careers with an approach more toward the documentary – Søndergaard followed and chronicled the lives of female prostitutes on the streets of Copenhagen’s red light district for her series, Now That You Are Mine, while Howalt, in a similar style, observed and captured the lives of a family in Denmark over several years for his project, 3×1. Howalt’s later series, Boxers – images of young boys before and after their first fight, and Søndergaard’s Versus – photographs of individuals paired with a work of art from Copenhagen’s Thorvaldsens Museum, are also aesthetically similar. Both series are about what is not pictured – the space between the photographs – a transition, a change, a relationship, that charges the images.
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