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:
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.
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.
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