New works by Jytte Hoy entitled 'Sketch for the Structure of Peace', 'Chequered United', 'The Line of Coincidence' and 'Non-interpretable Thoughts'. These particular titles serve as concrete points of departure for enigmatic juxtapositions of objects and the contrasts of humble materials. Oliver Croy presents 'Counter-communities' 2 projects about specific architectural experiments.
Jytte Hoy: Sketch for the Structure of Peace.
OVERGADEN - Institute of Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by the Danish artist Jytte Hoy.
On OVERGADEN’s ground floor it is a pleasure to show new works by Jytte Hoy entitled Sketch for the Structure of Peace, Chequered United, The Line of Coincidence and Non-interpretable Thoughts. These particular titles serve as concrete points of departure for enigmatic juxtapositions of objects and the contrasts of humble materials. Jytte Hoy works in a precise conceptual and poetic language with a certain humorous charm. Complex relationships are established between the objects. The works develop from each other and together they visualise and materialise into obstinately persistent assertions, which play a central role in Jytte Hoy’s personal artistic universe. As is the case with her objects, Jytte Hoy’s exhibitions grow from one another. Thus Sketch for the Structure of Peace at OVERGADEN develops and renews the topicality of individual works from Jytte Hoy’s previous exhibition The Museum of Thought at Nikolaj - Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre and at Esbjerg Museum of Art.
Jytte Hoy works with different formal languages that are brought together in a kaleidoscopic way. A drawing or a photograph can function as a point of departure for a group of works by letting the thought-experiment continue, and a concept is materialised in a sculpture. In the group Chequered United, Jytte Hoy in this way takes her point of departure in a series of photographs of motifs where the checked pattern is a common theme, thus making up a postulated community. This two-dimensional community is hereafter expanded to also include three-dimensional ‘checks’ (cubes) as sculptural objects. In this way the works grow organically from one another, and this seductive game with different dimensions and the works’ subtle charm draw the spectator into an otherwise closed conceptual artistic universe.
The works’ ambiguous content is a trace of Jytte Hoy’s unique working process. They are imprints of her own series of associations and thus appear as road signs that point towards the artist’s next destination in the expedition of thought. To walk through the exhibition is therefore a particularly intimate experience where the visitor is let into the artist’s private imagination and way of thinking.
Also characteristic is Jytte Hoy’s ability to create sets of rules and work with stubbornly persistent assertions that the works are materialisations of. In her whole working process one can trace the way in which the rules create boundaries which insubordinately are broken open again, where after creative associations are allowed to flow. An example is a series of drawings from the group of works Non-interpretable Thoughts where the grid acts as a fundamental structure. In the prevalent Western sense the grid is synonymous with rationality and control, but Jytte Hoy has here used a specific system from the tradition of Islamic ornament where she displaces the grids’ points in infinity and colours the patterns that appear. In its entirety Non-interpretable Thoughts is an attempt to visualise the short circuit of a statement, as opposed to Jytte Hoy’s usual practice that still pursues the way in which meaning is created.
In March 2006 Jytte Hoy (born 1952) received the Eckersberg Medal for her artistic practice. Recent solo exhibitions include A Historical Alphabet for You at Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, in 2004 and The Museum of Thought (awarded by the Danish Arts Council) at Nikolaj - Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre and at Esbjerg Museum of Art, 2003 and she participated in the group exhibition Fluxus und die Folgen at Nassaurischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2002. Jytte Hoy lives and works in Copenhagen and Arhus and has been Director of the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts since 1996.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council and the National Workshop for Arts and Crafts.
OVERGADEN - Institute of Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by the Austrian artist Oliver Croy.
On OVERGADEN's first floor it is a great pleasure to present Oliver Croy's first solo exhibition in Denmark. Oliver Croy has recently gained great international recognition for his documentary art projects about alternative ways of life and living. At OVERGADEN he presents two projects about specific architectural experiments that until now have occupied a marginal position in the history of architecture.
Using film and archive materials, Kugelmugel portrays the Austrian artist Edwin Lipburger and his utopian and highly controversial building from the 1970s, 'Kugelmugel'. The slide projection Freedom House refers to a housing experiment in the desert of New Mexico. The building project does not exist any longer and only very limited documentation of the place remains. Therefore the work Freedom House is made up of image fragments and associative material of a more or less fictitious nature.
Both works in Counter-communities deal with architecture and social structures of an experimental nature that reflect the desire for and the pursuit of new and different ways of living.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council's Committee for International Visual Art and The Austrian Embassy Copenhagen.
Oliver Croy (born 1970) currently has a solo-exhibition, Hot Properties, at Stadtturm Galerie, Innsbruck, Austria. Recent group exhibitions include the fourth Berlin Biennale and the Werkleitz Biennale, Halle in Germany (both 2006) and the exhibition Territories at Malmo Konsthall (2004). Oliver Croy lives and works in Berlin, where he runs the exhibition space croy nielsen together with art theorist Henrikke Nielsen.
Image: Jytte Hoy
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