LOST IN SPACE
The works of the exhibition all deal with the thematic question of the relationship between architecture and nature – either as the base upon which architecture is built, or as the horizon looking out of the windows. Most significantly is the large panoramic painting ’Open to the Outdoors’, where nature is both reflected in large glass panels and seen through the different spaces of the building. The relationship between the viewer and the motif is almost one to one, so an effect similar to a colourfield painting is achieved. The central perspective expands horizontally and encloses the viewer in a green blurred space, where the hard lines of the building are juxtaposed of an almost dreamlike nature. As a formal contrast to the monumental painting are the small intense paintings, that all depict lonely modernist houses, that either are situated in the wilderness, are ’off-grid’, or on the edge of an ocean. The images present architecture, that seems ’lost’ in a boundless space without any relation to civilization or other social realities. Through the large and the smaller works we thus see images of architecture, that in different ways seem ’lost in space’. A title that, according to the artist himself, is a direct quote from a public talk, which the French philosopher Bruno Latour gave, when he visited Copenhagen in the spring on the occasion of his new book ’Down to Earth’. According to Latour we have not yet landed on earth, but are still hovering in a modernist conception of an abstract nature, that now ’strikes back’ as the climate crisis. The works of the exhibition can be seen as a melancholic comment on the ongoing great challenge – and distance – in finding a solution to the climate crisis. ’Lost in Space’ is Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen´s fourth solo show at Gallery KANT. In the spring of 2018 he had a solo show ’The House of Being’ at Viborg Kunsthal and participated in the Vejle Floating Art Festival, where his project ’Flooded Modernity’ went viral. Above numerous solo shows and participation in group shows in Denmark and abroad he has been commissioned to a number of public works for among others the New Carlsberg Foundation, Jazzhouse Montmartre, Nyborg Gymnasium and the Court of Roskilde. His works are in the collections of the Danish Art Council, the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Swedish Art Council. In 2020 he will be contributing to the publication, that will accompany the Danish pavillion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture. In 2021 the Kastrupgaardsamlingen will present a larger solo-exhibition with Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen.