A Hole Through the Future Press Release

 

A Hole Through the Future Press Release

 

 

Munch Gallery is proud to present A Hole Through the Future, a solo installation by Danish artist Asbjørn Skou.

 

The exhibition is about modern ruins – seen as process and object, allegory and dialectical image. Through series of collages, reproductions of scale models and architectural installation, ruins of built environment is exemplified as a metaphor, for broader political, aesthetic and philosophical questions. The exhibition is concerned with the ruin as architectonic condition, not necessarily as a fundamental "other" to architecture, but rather as a point of dissolution, where the object undergoes a shift in meaning. It is about ruins as spatial, temporal and social implosion. About the shock of vanishing materiality and the collapse of understood planning and order. It is about the ruin as a vessel for ideologies, and their collapse. It is about nostalgia, remains and reminders.

But it is also about choosing to see the margins of things, as a space with a radical potential for openness. One where the anchorage for our understanding of object, architecture and history is potentially shattered, and new explorations in perspective and meanings become possible. In this, the exhibition is built around a certain utopian ambiguity – it is about pasts that could have been, and futures that never came to be, but not as an inspiration for restorative nostalgia, rather as a point of departure, in seeing the ruin as crevice in history, through which it is possible to break into other presents and futures.

 

The exhibition is divided into three positions, and in these the main formal approach is collage, both in a very traditional sense, but also as an expanded method for translating discursive and spatial relations.

 

The first segment is made up of two prints, composed so as to mimic one space, or the suggestion for a composition of a space. The prints are a black and white xerox reproduction of a 1:1 scale-model of a ruin. The scale model has been constructed as a segment of a room, and into this an archival image of an actual ruin has been projected, to create an “analogue” double exposure in the final image. As a 1:1 attempt of site montage, this image stands as a fragmentary memory container, which in its size and appearance resembles the backdrop for a theatric play. It is a hybrid space, stranded somewhere between the function of model and architecture, replication and representation, with the inherent contradiction of being both the starting and end point of built environment.

 

The second segment is a series of 18 black and white collages, measuring 19⅝”x27½” each. The images are mounted behind glass plates, as a frieze running all the way through the gallery space. The collages depicts and collects various forms, characteristics and possibilities of the ruin – as concept, allegory and concrete environment. They stage questions about the relationships between architecture, power, temporalities and human scale. The images are created from collections of contemporary and historic material, circling around utopian and tragic aspects of modernist projects, ideas and architecture.

 

The third segment is a physical scale model of a segment of the gallery, a free-standing sculptural element made of drywall and wood. The sculpture serves as a displaced reflection of the hind wall of the gallery, which has been turned around and placed as a barrier within the space. It stands amidst the smashed fragments of a double of itself, suggesting both the inherent ruin residing in the architecture, as well as a temporarily halted situation, somewhere between de- and reconstruction.

 

 

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council and the Danish Arts Foundation