Mark

Det Pittoreske Bæst
(The Picturesque Beast)


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Synopsis

Det Pittoreske Bæst er en multi-narrativ hybridfilm som følger en antropomorfisk ulveskikkelse, hvis formål bliver at håndgribe den sublime natur. Sat i tidlig guldalder samt parallelt i en ikke så fjern fremtid.

The Picturesque Beast is a multi-narrative hybrid film that follows an anthropomorphic wolf-like figure whose purpose is to capture the sublime nature. Set in the early danish golden age (romantic era) and as well in a parallel not so distant future.


Screenings



April — CPH DOX Official Selection - New Danish Film: Premiere @ Cinemateket  Copenhagen, Denmark


May — BFA degree show @ Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Denmark



August — solo presentation and screening @ Brigade Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark



August — Make Friend Not Art: Underbellies @ Bundesallee 213-214 Berlin, Germany



August — New Other Odd screening #2 @ Cantina
Aarhus, Denmark



5th September — Screening @ Zolforosso
Venice, Italy



19th September — Screening @ Partara Gallery 
Tbilisi, Georgia



26th September — Screening @ Kunsthal 44
Møn, Denmark



October — Online via Amulet Magasin 
Copenhagen, Denmark

Drafts of Ecology/

PSYCHE INTERIOR



Psyche Interior — Cabinet. 1
Bookcase, LED light, laser engraved plexiglas, magnetic butterflies, carabiners, ornamented shelf brackets and custom electrical cord.
Contents: Deer bone wrapped in bubblewrap & empty Monster Energy Hydra with attached silicone bracelets.

Psyche Interior — Cabinet. 2
Bookcase, LED light, laser engraved plexiglas, magnetic butterflies, carabiners, ornamented shelf brackets and custom electrical cord.
Contents: Dried mandarins.

Psyche Interior — Cabinet. 3
Bookcase, LED light, laser engraved plexiglas, magnetic butterflies, carabiners, hand-cut aluminum, dyed bolts, ornamented shelf brackets and custom electrical cord.
Contents: Hair of a Lagotto Romagnolo(truffle/marsh dog) wrapped in scoby leather and silk ribbon.

Bulletin. 1
Magnetic butterflies & businesscard from Le Gourmand with stain from MDMA purification testkit attached to iron plate.

Bulletin. 2
Magnetic butterflies & watercolor on paper attached to iron plate.

Bulletin. 3
Magnetic butterflies, paper cutouts, cyanotype, manual from beehive decoy & label from Paw Patrol sleeping bag attached to iron plate.

Bulletin. 4
Magnetic butterflies & paper cutout from cartoon attached to iron plate.

Bulletin. 5
Magnetic butterflies, magnets, receipt from Uniqlo & Wunderbar attached to iron plate.


The Archive:

  1. Model for Environment
    IKEA KNUFF Magazineholder, Spirulina, magnetic paint, modelling bush, modelling figure - on custom plinth.

  2. Recherche et Fantaisie
    IKEA KNUFF Magazineholder, Spirulina, magnetic paint, magnetic butterflies, archival research material, colored glossy paper, plastic dog mask - on custom plinth.

  3. Beastial Rehearsal
    IKEA KNUFF Magazineholder, Spirulina, magnetic paint, magnetic butterflies, varied fur scraps  - on custom plinth.

  4. Palissade
    IKEA KNUFF Magazineholder, Spirulina, magnetic paint, magnetic butterflies, dried pacay fruit, paper scraps, colored glossy paper, portable ashtray from Magaluf, volcanic rock  - on custom plinth with magnetic butterflies.

The Mesh:
IKEA IVAR dinner table set with chairs dyed with spirulina, aroma diffuser with Monster Energy Paradise, bluetooth speaker with custom soundtrack, custom box dyed with spirulina for natural wine, custom box dyed with spirulina for IKEA wine glasses, IKEA CYLINDER vases with water pearls and flowers from Aldi. 







Text by 


Caroline Ballegaard


 


The Cast:
Psyche: born (year undisclosed) to Greek parents with royal ties (according to the rumors). Those same whispers croon of a sight for sore eyes, and none seem to have dared to steal more than a glance at her. She was last seen, in tears, alone on a mountain peak; her current whereabouts are unknown.

Myself: The author.

Time: Today.

Place: The pleasure house of some god.

You might, as I, wonder about the choice of furniture. Interiors are questions of acquired, if not purely personal, taste—and who knows about the preferences of gods. There should be no kink shame, green is a lovely color with so many properties. Nature! Progress! Rebirth! No, I’m not tempted to mention that other obvious one, so human in nature (there it is again!).
The grass is always greener, and what is life without desire and its flipside. Like other things in this house not easily kept, it has a tendency to rub off.

So, I warn: Be careful with the green you see. Small environments that stick to me, sometimes leaving my fingers damp and sweet to touch with a tongue.
Temperature is of dire importance here; wind, weather, the will of the current, the rays of the sun. You stifle your soon to be burning passion for the lowest of mankind, staying still surrounded by cabinets of containment.

Think of them as tokens of your own. Let yourself sit and be served. In ancient holy books, I find prosperity and abundance in my search for nectar. It is a sacred gift, both wild and domesticated, always luxurious and sweet. Surely delight can be dangerous, I feel the temptation lurking at every corner to let myself go in favor of earthly pleasures.
What did he put in this wine?

Maybe I’ve changed my mind. I’m exhausted by the ruinous demands of our hearts. Can’t we flee as we did from the ash of the torches extinguished by your father’s weeping?
The need to fly in the face of any and every thing doesn’t necessarily mean freedom, though I heard you were a mortal lover and a serpent that bites with one or both eyes closed can look like the sweetest of beasts.

Dearest Psyche, have you found out how the monster isn’t hiding under your bed, though he still hides in the dark? Not only kind things come with wings, a plague does too. Alas, to be a human lover. Like holding matches to a forest fire, I imagine someone trying to catch you. At least he deems you worthy of hanging on the wall.
Did I forget to mention that Nabokov was a well-known collector of butterflies?

Lepidopterist, light of my life, fire of my burning blaze. No one told me to be careful with your hot wax, your drop of oil, and I adore you to distraction. A touch of skin by trembling lashes—might I,  clinging, catch wings by proxy, if only for a second. He wants what will also mean the very death of me. Or the becoming something else and more.
Maybe the wild grass. For who says anything ends at dying. You can try to close your fist.

See, I told you I was a no-good human.



22nd – 24th October 2021
Opening Friday 22nd October
7 – 9 pm

Udstillingsstedet Q
Peder Skrams Gade 2
1050 Copenhagen K




Upcoming

Solo show — Drafts of Ecology: Psyche Interior @ Udstillingsstedet Q
Copenhagen, Denmark

Drafts of Ecology: SIRENIA @ Servando Gallery
Havana, Cuba


Solo Shows

BFA Degree Show — The Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts 2021 
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dream Structures, Ta-Da Space 2021
Copenhagen, Denmark

Drafts of Ecology/Beastial Fantasy, Patara Gallery 2020
Tbilisi, Georgia

CRITS, Brigade Gallery 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

Roaming Away On The Pillars Of Consensus, CGK 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Group shows

Make Friend Not Art: Underbellies 2021
@ Bundesallee 213-214
Curated by Caroline Marie Ballegaard
Berlin, Germany



“HUMAN ERR0R”, GMO Gallery 2020
New York, USA (Online)

Staff Only, Salon 75 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

Rehearsal of The Beast, Rum46 Studsgade 2020
Aarhus, Denmark

The Legend of the Larynx Metamorphosis 2019
Bologna, Italy


Zoom With Your Feet (Make Friends) 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Homesick Gallery - Fantastic Sunny Apartment And 10 Min To Manhatten 2019
Brooklyn, New York 

Learning From (Learning) Albertslund 2019
Albertslund, Denmark

Supermarket Art Fair curated by Ta-Da 2019
Stockholm, Sweden

Pulsar Festival, Udstillingsstedet Q 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Vibevej Præsenterer: Rentemestervej 69B 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Førsteårsudstillingen, Udstillingsstedet Q 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Calculation LIVE online-performance, Tashkent International Biennale for Contemporary Art 2018
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Båndmagasinet no. 2, The Lake Radio. 2018
Copenhagen, Denmark

Walther & Langgaards Artists Supplies, Delfi 2018
Malmö, Sweden

Nye Rør!, Salon 75 2018
Frederiksberg, Denmark

Don’t Feed The Troll, Salon 75 2018
Frederiksberg, Denmark

Vi Tager Intet Ansvar 5, Kræ Syndikatet & Warehouse9 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

Flerdagesdrøm festival 2017
Slangerup, Denmark

Ingen Jury, Ingen Præmier, Salon 75  2017
Frederiksberg, Denmark

In The Gallery #10 No Title, Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon  2017
Copenhagen, Denmark


Spring Exhibition Charlottenborg  2017
Copenhagen, Denmark


Krystalpaladset, Odensemusikbibliotek  2017
Odense, Denmark




BFA DEGREE SHOW 


21th May - 30th May 2021


Udstillingsstedet Q


The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts


Photography: Mikkel Kaldal






Carcass of Christopher Fen-Dweller & The Ascend of the Gothis 2020/2021
Casted gypsum, MDF, hinges, steel handle, foam, cable, flaming bulb, dry
leaves and twigs.
180x65x40 + variable dimensions
















Smarthphone photos taken with flash







Flygildi® Surveillance drone (Munin) 2021
Inkjet on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame coated with Albedo100™
reflective spray for animals & pets with laser engraved Greencast™ 100%
recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP



Forest Vehicle (Liselund Castle) 2021
Inkjet and CNC embossing on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame
coated with Albedo100™ reflective spray for animals & pets with laser
engraved Greencast™ 100% recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP

Vesica Pisces/Ecotone Diagram (Tension of Oikos) 2021
Silkscreen on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame coated with
Albedo100™ reflective spray for animals & pets with laser engraved
Greencast™ 100% recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP


The Bionic Partition by Autodesk® & Liselund Castle (Hypha) 2021
Silkscreen and Inkjet on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame coated with
Albedo100™ reflective spray for animals & pets with laser engraved
Greencast™ 100% recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP


Sepia 2021
Magnetic paint and magnets on cuttlebone


Klekkendehøj Jættestue (Shelter of The Elders) 2021
Penplotting on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame coated with
Albedo100™ reflective spray for animals & pets with laser engraved
Greencast™ 100% recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP


Figure 8. from The Book of Lambspring & Aeroponic potato chamber (Individuation) 2021
Photogravure and Inkjet on 100g Cotton paper in pinewood frame coated
with Albedo100™ reflective spray for animals & pets with laser engraved
Greencast™ 100% recycled plexiglass.
Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP

Resurrection of the Beast 2021
Compost container, hair of a marsh truffle dog.
26x25x23 cm

Patara Gallery

12 september - 14 october 2020

Tbilisi, Georgia


Curated by Gvantsa Jishkariani 


http://pataragallery.com/en/




Drafts of Ecology/Bestial Fantasy


The exhibition Drafts of Ecology/Bestial Fantasy by artist, filmmaker, curator and composer Theodor Nymark revolves around four diagram-like illustrations which depict the grand narrative of the coming film by the artist; The Picturesque Beast. The illustrations consist of manipulated and vectorized imagery, architectural floor-plans (From a passage-grave and a neoclassical Liselund Old Palace, both central architecture of the film), descriptive texts and narrator models.

The primary aspect of the narrator model and the contradictory distinction between the primal and the picturesque is central for the narrative to unfold. As seen in three of the illustrations (Primal, Picturesque, Metamorphosis), the narrator model (appropriated from Carl Jung) depicts a descent from the picturesque to the primal and back as seen in the illustration entitled Drafts Of Ecology. The relation and contradiction between the phenomenological concepts of the primal and picturesque arose from a 19th-century romantic understanding and distancing of nature as a phenomenon, rather than as an inevitable aspect of ecology, evolution and therefore culture. That exact same distancing is relevant today as it follows up to 21st-century thinking and its effect on climate change, industrial production, xenophobia and economic accumulation.

The Metamorphosis depicts both the actual transformation of the character from human to wolf (or picturesque to primal) by the application of a prosthetic nose and the contradicting ecological relations in contemporary materiality. The central materiality of modern technology derives primarily from rare-earth-minerals and alloys which are resources naturally harvested from mines. These resources reflect the ecology of all existing objects as they symbolize the union of an ever-growing distinction between man and nature.

Inspired by thinkers and writers as Timothy Morton (Hyberobjects, Ecology Without Nature), William Gilpin (Forest Scenery), Carl Jung (his concept of the Corascene Dog) and Snorri Sturluson (The Poetic Edda) the narrative explores dialectical relations in aspects of society such as culture and nature, biology and technology, fiction and reality, past and present, dog and wolf, good and bad.


The Primal
500 gsm heavy-duty tarp (PVC) material (fire resistance rating “B1 (self-extinguishing)
150 cm X 100 cm

The Picturesque
500 gsm heavy-duty tarp (PVC) material (fire resistance rating “B1 (self-extinguishing))
150 cm X 100 cm


Drafts Of Ecology  
500 gsm heavy-duty tarp (PVC) material (fire resistance rating “B1 (self-extinguishing)
150 cm X 100 cm


The Metamorphosis
500 gsm heavy-duty tarp (PVC) material (fire resistance rating “B1 (self-extinguishing)
150 cm X 100 cm


Brigade Gallery

3 July - 24 July 2020 Vesterbro, Copenhagen

CRITS Duo solo-show w/ Sofus Keiding

Curated by Michael Bank Christoffersen.

https://www.brigade.site/crits



“Drafts of Ecology” 2020
Variable dimensions
  1. Passage grave of graphite on paper
  2. The Complete book of self-sufficiency by John Seymour with landscape modeling trees
  3. Dollhouse Empire Furniture with flint flakes
The three assemblages are small tableaus relating to the notion of ecology and architecture. The miniature-like situations also act as diagrams for understanding the historical and spiritual aspects of ecology within the framework of the coming film by the artist.


“Nest of The Beast” 2020
30x45x60
Styrofoam Thermobox, Monster Energy hoodie, dried branches, skin of a badger, bubble wrap, USB grow lights, USB hub, power strip with modelling grass.
A tomb-like case inhabited by an anthropomorphic figure resembling the carcass of the protagonist, Fen-Dweller - the main character of the narrative in the coming filmwork of the artist.


“Chalk Cliff Staircase (host body)” 2020
170x45x30
Casted gypsum
Plaster cast of a fragment from a broken wooden staircase leading down to the chalk cliff on the island of Møn. An island in which the film by the artist revolves around and as a geography for the narrative.

The Legend of the Larynx Metamorphosis



By Theodor Præst Nymark Jensen & Sofus Keiding Agger.

With support by Mikkel Drabik Jacobsen, Bruno Zhang & Evan Lu.

The exhibition at GARAGE 9 in Bologna examines the concept of the flood-myth as an instrument of power and a global mythological legend. The works in the exhibition visualize an imaginary conspiratorial narrative, evolved upon a self-written text, that translates into speculation about the results of a potential flood of, among others, Bologna and Homosapiensʼ ability to adapt to this suggested situation.

Told with mythical language, the text describes a story about two craftsmen who wander from the mountains, and down to the center of Bologna. There, they publically announce a solution of survival to the potential flooding of the city. Through rich telling they propose a ritual of transformation which replaces the human lungs with a fish gill apparatus. A young boy, willing to participate, experiences the greatest heroic sensation of his short life and attempts to make his old fisherman father proud. To everyoneʼs surprise, something unexpected happens and the duality of the narrative blossoms in uncanny tragedy. Thereby the craftsmen demonstrate a biological change to evolve as a species, acting in a dialectical drama of battling the inner and outer superior nature.

13th September – 15th September 2019 Garage 9, Via Di Saliceto 9H, Bologna