KRISTIAN KRAGELUND

 

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Is it possible to eradicate or at least renegotiate art’s dichotomous understanding and use of the ‘signifier’ and the ‘signified’ in a sculptural or painterly plane? Since the 60s, this has been an on-going debate in art theory. The decrypting of such codes, created as a system of direct and straightforward causality for a hegemonic worldview, quickly falls short in today’s increasingly networked and cross-referencing condition of culture. However, such insufficiency in our critical vocabulary opens up a space of autonomous abstraction – where objects exist and become vessels for both simpler and more complex messages, and sometimes (to leave the logic of Western linguistics), none at all. In that sense, we are not at all done with abstraction, and not at all with abstract objects: we have only just begun. Art, despite its curbed institutional definition, can still prove as an access point to unexplored fields of perception and being.

 

Kristian Kragelund (1987) concerns himself with the objecthood of painting and the historical resonance of sculptural materiality. Through a weave of formalist and conceptual painting, the utilization of oxidization techniques and by appropriation of new and recycled industrial materials, he poses critical questions regarding the social and discursive histories of Western modernity. Working reductively, his meditate wall-based works possesses a striking synergy of traces of personal pasts and projections into collective futures, reminiscent, inversely, of early Minimalist art. Yet from this ambivalent glare between socioeconomic industrialism and personal spirituality, Kragelund's work perpetually attempts to re-negotiate the value of the physical object and to engage the established systems and structures defining art and contemporary culture..

 

- Jeppe Ugelvig, 2016

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

August 2017

 

June 2017

 

April 2017

 

Jan. 2017

 

Oct. 2016

 

May 2016

 

April 2016

 

Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016

 

October/November 2015

 

July 2015

 

June 2015

 

March/April 2015

 

April 2013

 

April 2013

 

April 2013

 

March 2013

 

Feb. 2012

 

April 2012

 

 

 

RESIDENCY

 

Dec. 2014 - March 2015

 

 

 

 

The August Show, Galleri Jacob Bjorn, Aarhus, DK

 

Artist Rooms, Encounter, London, UK

 

KP17, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, DK

 

You were high when I was doomed, IMT Gallery, London, UK

 

VOID (Two person show /w Wayne Warren), Edge Projects, London, UK

 

PARASCHEMATIC (solo), 27 Holborn Viaduct, London, UK

 

Reactive Painting (solo), Finale Art FIle, Manila, PH

 

The Wrong (Digital Art Biannual, Arebyte Gallery, London, UK

 

KONTROL (solo), Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK

 

A Sequence of Nows, Display Gallery, London, UK

 

When Words Collide II, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK

 

GROUP(15), Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK

 

Untitled Exhibition /w Jennifer Farrow, PRATT Institute Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA

 

Moving Image Arts Festival, Hong Kong, China

 

The Space, Hong Kong, China

 

Plum Blossoms Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China

 

One Place is Another - Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK

 

Modern Art Oxford - An Unfinished World (Artists' Shorts) - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Artist in residency program, ALTO Red, Sao Paulo, Brazil