Kasper Sonne : Toxic Waste
July 26 - August 17, 2014
Robert Blumenthal Gallery, East Hampton, is pleased to present Toxic Waste, a solo show of new works by Danish artist Kasper Sonne. On view will be three large scale paintings from the artist's TXC series as well as his latest video piece, Bad Chemistry.
Sonne's work is centered around conceptual strategies, vested in poetics, melancholia and doubt. Sonne examines various dichotomies, exploring how individual and cultural references enhance and develop the way we read the world around us. Sonne captures the active relationship between viewer and art, tracing the genesis and construction of meaning.
In his TXC series, Sonne uses toxic chemicals as a means to make abstract paintings. Each painting experiences a chemically induced metamorphosis that speaks to a fundamental synthesis of antinomies. As exemplified in paintings like TXC 64, these works are based on a concept of building up and breaking down. In this series, Sonne harnesses simultaneous paradoxes; creation through destruction, control contrasted by chance, and perfection via imperfection. Sonne begins a TXC by first creating a perfectly monochromatic painting, using industrial paint and a roller in lieu of a brush. Chemicals are then introduced to the painting's surface, initiating a process of reaction. The pigments in the paint gradually respond to the chemicals, resulting in shifts in color with each application of chemicals. The final stage in the evolutionary development of these paintings is the formulation of tiny crystals produced as the chemicals dry, turning from liquid to glittery solids. The painterly transformation that each of these TXC paintings undergoes finds its origins in the systematic interplay between various dichotomies.
Sonne’s video piece Bad Chemistry is entirely absent of representational images. Through the presentation of a sequence of written statements, the viewer's traditional sense of perception is challenged. Each of the written statements is projected in an endless succession of stream-of-consciousness wordplay. The statement speaks to a universality through the amalgamation of simplicity and cultural stereotypes, leaving interpretation completely open. Bad Chemistry aims to formulate an experience for the viewer, creating a consequential state of physical and psychological awareness.
Kasper Sonne (b. 1974 in Copenhagen) holds a BA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation and lives and works in New York.
Kasper Sonne has exhibited widely at institutions and galleries internationally, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, SAPS museum, Mexico City, UMOCA, Utah, SALTS, Basel, West, The Hague, Den Frie - Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, The Moving Museum, Dubai, Primo Piano, Paris, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Seventeen Gallery, London, The Hole, New York, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna. Kasper Sonne’s work is included in prominent private and public collections around the world, including HEART – Herning Museum Of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark and David Roberts Arts Foundation, London, UK.
Blumenthal East Hampton
47 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937