GREEN IS GOLD proudly presents Sweaty Sculptures a solo exhibition by Dutch, New York based artist,
Anouk Kruithof. The exhibition consists of conceptual sculptures and installation with a new take on photography. We are proud to host the first exhibition by Anouk Kruithof in Denmark.
Stress – with its positive and negative effects on the human mind, as well as its physical and chemical residues inside and outside of the human body – is a phenomenon that Kruithof has been interested in for a while. The most immediate physical stress residue is sweat. Kruithof is particularly interested in sweaty armpits, which she perceives as wet circles that equalize aesthetic scars of nervousness and universal discomfort. However, sweaty armpits are often understood as a persistent ‘enemy,’ overshadowing one’s ambitions and provoking the feeling of embarrassment. In the work she explores and celebrates human sweat (and stress), as well as its often disregarded aesthetic and emotional manifestations.
The exhibition presents the colourful outcome of a collective performance. Kruithof organized a sweat-workshop to which she invited 25 people to do an extensive work-out in the empty gallery space. Throughout the workshop, Kruithof asked the participants to stop for a moment, so that she could photograph the developing sweat on their clothes. These images of fragmented, emphasized body parts, whether they are presented individually or in form of a sculpture of morphing images, do not only present a new, humorous take on the indexical character that photography has been assigned ever since; they also question the status of the fixed photographic image.
Opening Thursday 20 August, 17:00 - 21:00
To open the exhibition Anouk Kruithof will give a shott introduction to her work.
Anouk Kruithof (b. 1981) is a Dutch, New York based artist working with photography and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in international institutions, such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Trafo, House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen China, The Centre for Photography at Woodstock, Multimedia Art Museum Moskow and ICP New York among many others. She has published nine artistbooks, and is represented in a variety of collections e.g. FOAM Amsterdam, Het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Fotomuseum Winterthur Switzerland and Museum Het Domein Sittard NL. For more information see: www.anoukkruithof.nl
Project Space Day 27.08.15: In cooperation with Copenhagen Art Week, GREEN IS GOLD participate in a guide tour for artist run spaces in Copenhagen, with offers an introduction to the exhibitions and spaces by it’s initiators. For more information see: www.copenhagenartweek.dk
Exhibitions period: 21.08 – 30.08.15
The exhibition is kindly supported by The Danish Arts Foundation and the Municipality of Copenhagen and is part of Copenhagen Art Week 2015.
August 2015: Feature by Paige K. Bradley on ARTFORUM
Photo: GREEN IS GOLD