Songs from Misanthropolis – Aske A. Hvidtfeldt Exhibition at SomoS Berlin

Opening Reception: October 5, 2017, 6pm

from: 06.10.2017   to: 14.10.2017

Press Release: Mixed Media, Installation Art, International Artists, Resident Artist

Songs from Misanthropolis – Aske A. Hvidtfeldt

WHAT: Exhibition of large works on paper by Dansh artist Aske A. Hvidtfeldt

WHEN: Opening Reception: October 5, 2017, 6pm

Duration: October 6-14, 2017 2017, Tuesday-Saturday 2–7pm and by appointment

WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1. OG, 10967 Berlin U8
Schönleinstraße, exit Schinkestraße

WHO: Aske A. Hvidtfeldt (Denmark)


BERLIN—August 22, 2017

October 6-14, 2017 2017, SomoS presents “Songs from Misanthropolis,” a solo exhibition of large scale works on paper by Danish visual artist Aske A. Hvidtfeldt.

Meticulously executed, teeming with tiny figures, stroboscopic geometries and visionary universes, Hvidtfeldt’s work is a ground where the artist is a whimsical demiurge of new worlds arising from the unconscious. Nevertheless, his imaginary cosmos doesn’t lack of well-read quotes, references to historical art movements, symbols, graphics, literature, films and music.

The surrealist ground tone of Hvidtfeldt ‘s work is influenced by Roy Anderson’s film “Songs from The Second Floor.” The work of Magritte and Hitchcock play a part in Hvidtfeldt’s portraits. The delicately drawn endless meanderings within his tapestry-like drawing of clashing politicians suggest the ever-expanding nature of political dystopia; the cumulative patterns of their struggles remindful of Brueghel’s intricate scenes. The tradition of Pop-art is evident, but Hvidtfeldt also conducts a playful and critical visual exploration of the look and ideologies surrounding 1920’s industrialism, comparing it to today’s “digital revolution.” Works from that era, such as Fritz Lang’s film “Metropolis” and Fritz Kahn’s infographic vision of “Man as Industrial Palace,” (a great influence on Kraftwerk) are points of reference for his “Misanthropolis.”

Aske’s own “Misanthropolis” explores relevant social and political topics, applying his unique blend of optimism, wit, and satire.

In the artist’s own words:

“Misantropolis” is an imaginary place I’ve been working with and been meaning to flesh out, and with these new paintings I have struck on something, combining pop-cultural references with current discussions on humanity and technology, freedom and democracy, the self and community. How do we as humans adjust to modern society, new technologies and ways of living with our ape brains? The future may seem bleak, but using some humor might brighten our prospects and outlook.

Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, Artist’s Statement

 


About Aske A. Hvidtfeldt:

Graduated in 2014 from the Jutland Art Academy, Danish visual artist Aske A. Hvidtfeldt works in painting and drawing, but also creates costumes, film, sculpture and music. A visionary sense, combined with a high level of meticulous craftsmanship is characteristic of his cosmological oeuvre.


About SomoS:

Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the presentation, reflection and production of the arts. SomoS’ ever-expanding Artist-in-Residency program and ambitious exhibitions and event schedule allows for unique opportunities with artists, organizers, and curators to realize an array of artistic endeavors.

SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation.


Contact:

SomoS Art House Berlin
somos@somos-arts.org
+49 (0)172 3118431
+49 (0)30 89563000 SomoS Art House
Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG, 10967 Berlin www.somos-arts.org


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