The Utopia of the Country Idyll
The town and civilisation are often seen to be the diametrical opposites of nature. In “Country Song”, Søren Martinsen wrestles with the utopia of the good life in the country. But do the clichés live up to their promise?
Landscape on Antidepressants
The exhibition presents a shadowy, psychologically charged universe. The installation both expands due to seven panoramic landscape paintings and also contracts in the claustrophobic video. With their hypnotic details and simplified forms, the paintings open onto infinite worlds and enormous horizons. The deserted landscapes create a dream-like and surreal universe, which threatens to swallow up the observer.
About Søren Martinsen
Søren Martinsen was born in 1966 and lives and works in Glumsø in Denmark. He was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art 1989-1995 and has an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London 1993-94. In 2003-06 he was Artistic Director of Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.
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