Troels Carlsen's visual language is diverse and poetic. Often incorporating interactions with vintage anatomical charts, maps and antique book pages, his work contains continuous visual and conceptual shifts between the biologically charted and the human consciousness. Rather than fostering contradiction, these works beg a curious question, which simultaneously challenges the notion of a given and complete truth whilst hinting that reality could be hiding somewhere behind the apparent foreground. Art historical movements, such as romanticism and symbolism, are paramount inspirational references within Carlsen’s work, juxtaposing the primacy of man with a scientific rationalization of nature.
With his tongue firmly planted in his cheek Troels Carlsen breathes idealism into old pictures and forgotten beings while distorting our social, biological and historical heritage. The almost ritual circumcisions of the works' original motifs allow one cycle of life to move to a new one. Yet the scar remains, reminding us of the past. Is the moment fleeting or part of a greater, ongoing progress?
Troels Carlsen (B. 1973, Denmark) has recently been shortlisted for the Carnegie Art Award 2014. He has shown recently in the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles in 2013. Other exhibitions include solo shows in Valencia, Spain and Berlin, Germany, as well as participation in exhibitions at the AROS Museum and Kunsthallen Nicolaj both in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work is internationally collected and a part of numerous private and permanent collections.
The opening reception will be on Tuesday, February 4th at 6-9pm. RSVP here.