Capsules 2019


New works for group show


Software for an age without computers
Tin silicone and plastic mold on transportation box with inscriptions
60 x 30 x 40 cm

Polyp
Tentacles of red clay on transportation table
80 x 60 x 85 cm

Seedlings
Plastic capsules with personal objects
Circa 20 x 20 x 20 cm each

Hidden in wavelengths – Capsule digitally photographed through colour filters
Framed photographic prints, open edition
55 x 70 cm

Initial habitat – Capsules in nature
Framed photographic prints, open edition
65 x 85 cm


Artothek & Bildersaal, Munich
March 1 – April 20, 2019


Supported by:
The Danish Arts Foundation
Artothen & Bildersaal

Some photos by Christoph Grothgar


When moving through the exhibition rooms of Artothek & Bildersaal the visitor encounters unfamiliar, biomorph objects. Due to their partially transparent surface they allow us to get a glance of their cores. Similar to fragments of plants and animals, eternally enclosed in amber, there are also small items of our contemporary, everyday world, such as a lemon or a tooth, encased in Rosenmunthe’s works. The influence of color and context on the perception of the synthetic resin sculptures also becomes evident in the artist’s photographs in which he stages them in different surroundings and light conditions. The two photographs ‘Hidden in Wavelengths’ show the objects through a yellow respectively purple color filter and enlarged in size which makes them seem to emerge from their surroundings on different levels.

In contrast to these rather reduced, almost timeless and hyperrealistic displays, the resin hybrids coalesce much stronger with our natural surroundings in ‘Initial Habitat’. Rosenmunthe placed them in a pineforest in Denmark where they appear to fuse together with tree stumps, moss and lichen on tree bark to become a new kind of organism. The fact that they embody both natural, industrial and human-made properties evokes the thought of genetically modified plants and invasive species. Rosenmunthe includes the viewer in the search for the objects’ origin by placing their silicone mold not far from the photographs and by integrating sculptures in different ways into the exhibition room, be it placed on clay, a metal plate or connected to metal rods. In this way, the works are clearly situated in an exhibition context but at the same time prepared to be introduced into nature. There, they will eventually merge and perhaps reproduce with other materials. Based on the concept of Artothek to make art democratically accessible, Rosenmunthe offers the visitors a possibility to temporarily use the molds for the production of his or her own sculptures, if they wish to embed an object into a future without computers.

 
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