24/02

From the 4th – 13th of May 2022

On the 24th of February, at 5:00 o’clock in the morning, the time stopped. At this moment, the first Russian soldiers crossed the Ukrainian border. This is a point of no return, turning to a mortifying page of European history. 

The war shows the true nature of people. It undresses people, and peels off all artificial layers to expose who they really are. 

At Magenta gallery, we invite you to connect with the true nature of Ukrainians, by seeing their resilience, as captured by talented Ukrainian and European photographers – Slava Ratynski, Yana Sidash, Mikhail Palinchak, Serhii Hudak, Yurko Dyachyshyn, Aziz Karimov, Olha Malinina, and Nicolas Cortes. 

Every photo has a story, that needs to be told. 

As a part of the exhibition, we will be glad to present a selection of charity organisations that directly support Ukraine. 

We invite you to the opening Wednesday the 4th of May from 12-17. The exhibition will run to the 13th of May.

Curation and text by Julia Motrenko @2402copenhagen and Nina Merkus @merkusprojects

E L S E W H E R E

From the 8th – 29th of April 2022

Wake up into darkness
Blink and see nowhen emerge
A sudden surge of unseen sights

Magenta gallery invites you to E L S E W H E R E

The gallery space will be transformed when the four artists Simon Nicolaisen, Emil Gundel, Frej Gudmundsson and Tania Sloth collaborates in a group exhibition with paintings, sculptures, digital art, soundscape and poetry.

The installation will be a meditative space waking all senses. Both the soundscape and neon colours creates an atmosphere that makes the world expand and seem different. Its somewhere else. The audience can explore the exhibition alone or together.

FALLING ON DEAF EARS

From the 4th – 25th of March 2022

Veronica Bluguermann
Amanda Kessarias
Madam Neverstop
Luise Noora Sejersen
Mia Dernoff
Johanne Storgaard Brok

Culture_VS_Events and Magenta Gallery welcome you to “Falling on Deaf Ears” – a group exhibition showcasing Denmark-based international artists of diverse backgrounds, nationalities, gender and sexual identities, who with their artistic contributions will explore different topics of conversation and actions provoked by contemporary feminism in various cultural pockets around the world.

The purpose of this exhibition is to celebrate Women’s History Month and all that feminism has accomplished for our society to take its current form. However, the Nordic / Western European perspective is often skewed thanks to inaccurate depictions in media on foreign affairs, and narrowed due to a lack of exposure to other narratives outside the domestic plane.

That is why, inspired by the theme behind the featured installation piece titled “Gritemos” by Argentinian artist Veronica Bluguermann, we would like to create a safe space for discourse where the artists participating in the exhibition can facilitate a direct link to different conversations and actions provoked by feminism, in order to create a holistic image of the different sociopolitical developmental stages in regards to human rights around the world.

The participating artists are working in different media including video, embroidery, textile, painting, and photography. Their work comes together in a total installation reflecting their individual perspectives on the subject.

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TRACES

From the 4th – 25th of February 2022

TRACES is a cross-country collaboration with visual artists Tanja Halstrick, Camilla Gabriele and Tania Sloth for the 14th exhibition in Magenta gallery in February 2022. 

Working with the theme TRACES they are studying natural phenomena by looking at the surface and form of elements that are undergoing changes over time.  

Their works are reflections on their own being and place in nature and how certain parts in their surroundings can be captured and translated from photographs to paintings and sculptures. 

At the exhibition we will be launching a book with findings and thoughts from each artist’s practice that will be for sale in the gallery. Order a copy on info@magentagallery.dk

The opening weekend will be Friday the 4th from 16-20 and Saturday the 5th from 12-16.

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COTTON RIVERS

From the 10th – 23rd of December 2021

A poetry book release

Based on the personal accounts of poverty through childhood to adult life, and the unbearable history of oppression, Cotton Rivers was realised. Through poems and illustrative elements, Elio Escoffery and Basco have created a poetry book which intends to tackle the seemingly blind red thread of this societal issue.

Accompanying the book, which was a source of inspiration, artist’s Jamie Jacob and Basco have produced artwork inspired by Cotton Rivers.

Elio Escoffery is a British Caribbean writer born in London, living in Copenhagen. Working primarily with poetry, his subject matters centre around race, loss, lust and decay. He has a real urge to see language used within more creative spaces and situations. Escoffery is currently writing his first novel, Drifters.
@esco_ffery

Basco of Scorpions is a Canadian born creative, living in Copenhagen.
Formerly named BascoFive, he is allowing himself to be unrestricted in his creative process. He envisions how one can reimagine what it means to publish, hold events, or create items with meaning. With a strong belief in collaboration, 2022 will see many new projects on the horizon.
@basco_of_scorpions

Jamie Jacob is an English born painter, living in Copenhagen. With a background in art and furniture design he is currently exploring the world through various mediums and many colours. Proclaiming himself a multi-coloured article manufacturer, his universe is vast and unique.
@jamie.jacob

On Friday the 10th of December from 16-21 we welcome you at Magenta gallery for the reception and book release of Cotton Rivers. The book will be for sale at the opening, you can pre-order a copy at info@magentagallery.dk

Elio Escoffery will be presenting a reading at 19 in the gallery.

TANFOOLIAN

From the 5th – 26th of November 2021

Magenta gallery presents the first solo exhibition by Lukas Keysell.

Lukas Keysell is a half English-half Danish graphic artist working expansively in many modes of creative output. His art and design practice started at Winchester School of Art (UK), where he completed his BA in graphic design and then transitioned to Denmark to explore his mother’s roots. 

The title “Tanfoolian” comes from the wandering thoughts of Lukas’s mind when he paints these half abstract-half figurative compositions. The ‘Tanfoolian tribe’ can be found in the bottom right corner of the largest painting in the collection. 

It is important to state that Lukas’s controlled lines are made with no aid from tape or rulers. Background first, then hours of meditative painting, aiming to finish with a uniform line-width throughout. This method of working was inspired by his passion for silkscreen printing at university, as he wanted to replicate the precision and boldness achieved through this process. 

Lukas recently graduated from MA Graphic Communication Design at Det Kongelige Akademi and continues to live and work in Copenhagen.

The exhibition opens the 4th of November from 17-20.

Check out the event live painting with Lukas the 19th of November from 16-20.

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LIGHTLY

From the 1st – 22nd of October 2021

Magenta gallery presents LIGHTLY
A duo exhibition by Sille Stenersen Egedal & Ellis Achong Karker

The sun is the star at the center of the solar system. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, heated to incandescence by nuclear fusion reactions in its core, radiating the energy mainly as visible light, ultraviolet light, and infrared radiation.

The time of sunset (the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon due to earth’s rotation) is defined in astronomy as the moment when the upper limb of the sun disappears below the horizon. Near the horizon, atmospheric refraction causes sunlight rays to be distorted to such an extent that geometrically the solar disk is already about one diameter below the horizon when a sunset is observed.

In the exhibition LIGHTLY Ellis Achong Karker and Sille Stenersen Egedal are working in different media combining embroideries, sculpture and video in the same space. They both have very distinctive styles that are coming together in a new installation.

Sille has been collaborating with the gallery since the opening and had her embroideries in the gallery shop. She is presenting her newest embroideries at the exhibition.

Ellis Achong Karker, Master of Fine Arts, The Royal Danish Art Academy
Sille Stenersen Egedal, artist & sign painter, TEC

STARING AT THE SUN

From the 3rd – 24th of September 2021

Magenta gallery presents visual artist and anthropologist Ene Bissenbakker’s solo exhibition STARING AT THE SUN that will be the 10th exhibition in the gallery. 

STARING AT THE SUN consists of works on paper mounted on wooden boards and is the result of a year of research into the interaction of the unconscious mind with the fragile nature of paper.

The exhibition builds on Bissenbakker’s investigations of the paper’s form properties and its extreme framework for use. The paintings are at once colour saturated and dry, as they have undergone a process in which gouache paint has been endlessly added and washed down from the paper. 

Gouache is by nature a semi-transparent type of paint that allows the visibility of underlying layers, and for each processing of the layers, traces are left on the paper, so that new motifs appear in an increasingly abstract form. In the series, the works end up as yellow energy fields with suggestive images that are hinted at between these layers.

The exhibition also shows textile work, a relatively new medium for Bissenbakker, who has bleached the carpets at the Danish Art Workshops. 

Magenta gallery was previously part of the music shop Strengelegen, and is still physically connected today via a narrow and dark hallway with old string instruments. The carpets from Strengelegen also extend into the gallery for this exhibition. They too have undergone a transformation and, like the paintings, have had their colour extracted. 

The opening is Friday the 3rd of September from 17-20 with the artist present in the gallery. 

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Video made by @bradyperron
Music by @timfain

PATTERNS, GRIDS & MEDITATION OBJECTS

From the 13th – 27th of August 2021

Magenta gallery presents a solo exhibition by Craig Martin Wood in August.

Craig Martin Wood has worked in various media and latest with his linocuts under the pseudonym Henry the Rabbit. This exhibition will show his earlier work from abstract and geometrical studies with paintings in oil and acrylic. 

From 2014 the first grid paintings were made as an alternative to the printmaking practice which has a lot of figurative and symbolic imagery. With inspiration from Indian tantric paintings, Islamic patterns and the enso circles of Zen calligraphers he created his own visual form. 

The paintings are created with a lot of layers so the thickness of the paint gives it a tactile feeling and some are built with a thick frame that makes them balance between a sculpture and a painting. 

“Words can never justify abstractions. The more we say, the further it is from the thing itself. Patterns create optical illusions, circles carry embedded meanings, meditation objects are pure and free from art theory; until you place them in a gallery.” Craig Martin Wood, 2021

We are excited to open this summer exhibition on the 13th of August from 17-20 serving cold drinks and wine.

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HAVEN OF THE LOST SNAKE AND DIVINE BIRD

Group exhibition from the 2nd – 10th of July 2021

Basco Five (CA/DK)
Tania Sloth (DK)
kollektivet_AR7 (DK)
Amy Worrall (SE)
Anna Hofmann (GE)
Malte Eskestad (DK)
Rose Bendixen (DK)
Rachel Racks (UK)

In this cult-like world of birds, snakes and mysterious creatures, an art experience is created that is
unlike any other. Magenta gallery has invited eight different artists from four different countries to
participate in this group exhibition with works from paintings and drawings to wearable art and
sculptures.

The experience of art in very different styles creates the interaction with the common theme. The colours and figures are a visual connection when the various media are put together by the two curators Tania Sloth and Basco Five that both participate in the exhibition.

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