Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen

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In Kaspar Oppen Samuelsens work, which encompasses a variety of media, including largescale papercollages, sculptures, drawings and music soundtracks, every single thing is conjured with what seems to be, the inner benefits of a bountiful, saccharine and melancholic world. Pantomime, mimicry, the architectural uncanny and ritual flourishes of modern and pre-modern culture are regular components in his work.

The work explore the condition of appearance within a framework of human emotions and social pitfalls and it gives display to the accelerated and increasingly performative nature of our lives. The characters in the work are non-verbal performers out of time, heading nowhere, unanchored without momentum, caught in a theatrical hustle. They are busy conducting abstract narratives and are often portrayed with an ambiguous and philanthropic intent.

The work is rich in its references to both cinema, art and theatre and Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen is also interested in using cultural history as a subject to interpretation, injected with layers of guises and disparate elements, in a way they are challenged by the appearance of one another.

 

Education

2000-2003
BFA. (Hons.) Fine art. Contemporary critical theory. Goldsmiths College. University of London. England. UK.

2008 - 2011
MFA. Fine art. Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Solo exhibitions

2016
Broken Dial, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ants play man to sleep in soft concerts, with Marie-Louise Vittrup, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France.
Primavera Exoskeleton, Jacob Bjørn, Århus, Denmark.

2015
Hvad gør vi, når vi lander? (What do we do, when we land?), LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Commisioned work for VIA University College, Århus, Denmark.

2014
Commisioned work for The Court of Western Denmark, Viborg, Denmark.

2013
Luring a Giant, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2012
Mænd og ænder, Traneudstillingen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2011
Village Paradise, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2010
I begyndelsen var der noget og i slutningen var der noget andet, men kyllingen har en flot mave, så vi går en god tid i møde.
(In the beginning there were something and in the end there were something else, but the chicken has a generous stomach, so we will proceed towards a time of prosperity.)
BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2009
Rytterknas, Galleri Esplanaden, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008
The [weit], NLH space, with Marie-Louise Vittrup, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006
Body-Double, Koh-I-Noor and Lokale 20, EDB Erindring, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Selected group exhibitions

2016
Two by Two, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2015
Regroup, Jacob Bjørn, Århus, Denmark.

2014
Betroet Tvivl - Kunstnerkeramik nu, Vejen Kunstmuseum, Vejen, Denmark.

2013
O Chair O Flesh, Treignac Projet, curated by Matt Packer, Treignac, France.
GROWTH, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark.

2012
Rock – Paper – Scissors, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Obsolete Man of Schopenhauer, Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
CLAIM, curated by Manuel Wischnewski, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, Germany.

2011
Baroque, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Snowblind, Galerie weissraum, Kyoto, Japan.

2010
Anstrøg, Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Snowblind, BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark.
He who bends has lost, Backyard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2009
IKK Festival 09, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Palles børnebørn, Clausens Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008
Evergreens – Grethes børnebørn, Rumkammerat, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Urge to Plunge, Galerie Chateau de Bouglinster, Luxembourg.
Irma moving arts, Jury´s selection, Karrierebar, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Urban pedestals and Suburban pedestal, Helsinki, Finland.

2007
(t)here, Q, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sange fra kælderen, with Huskegruppen- Peter Brandt and Tomas Lagermand Lundme,
Galleri Projekt, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Supermarket, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006
The Gift, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Politikens forhal, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Greengrass display, Bingohallen, Vestergågades Passage, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2004
Fedex Young Contemporaries, House Gallery, Camberwell, London, England.
Nth Art Exhibit 001. OLS&CO, Arsenal, London, England.

2003
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, House Gallery, Camberwell, London, England.
Squat, Sales des Fetes, Avenue Charlotte, Oberkorn, Luxemburg.
Goldsmiths Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, England.

2002
Art Below Zero, Notting Hills Arts Club, Notting Hill, London, England.
Restoration, The Crypt, Deptford, London, England.

2001
Blinkered, Goldsmiths College, London, New Cross, England.

2000
Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1999
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1998
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Killing Fields, Spray Exhibition, The Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Galleri 12, Danmarks Radio, Aarhus, Denmark.

 

Art Fairs

2016
Volta 12, (13. June - 18. June), LARM (DK) and Pablo´s Birthday (US), Basel, Switzerland.

2015
Solopresentation at Market, (17. April - 19. April), represented by LARM, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013
Volta 9, (10. June - 15. June), represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.
Art Herning, (Jan. 25. – Jan. 27.) represented by LARM, Herning, Denmark.

2012
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (14. Sept. - 16. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Volta 8, (11. June - 16. June) represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.
Art Brussels, (19. April - 22. April) represented by LARM, Brussels, Belgium.
Art Herning, (27. Jan. - 29 Jan.) represented by LARM, Herning, Denmark.

2011
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (15. Sept. - 18. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Solopresentation at Volta 7, (13. June - 18. June) represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.

2010
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (17. Sept. - 19. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Awards

2013
The Rockwool Prize

2011
Nordic Art Talents

2010
Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse rejselegat

2009
Tegneinspektør Søren Chr. Jensen og Hustrus Hæderslegat

 

Grants

2016
Danish Arts Council

2013
Danish Arts Council
Ragnvald og Ida Blix' Fond

2012
Dronning Ingrids Romerske Fond

 

Public representation

VIA University College, Århus, Denmark.
The Court of Western Denmark, Viborg, Denmark.
VIA University College, Holstebro, Denmark.
Nykredit Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nordvangskolen, Glostrup, Denmark.
University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Denmark.

 

Collections

Ny Carlsbergfondet
Statens Kunstfond
Vejen Kunstmuseum
Nykredit
Ole Faarup Collection
Palle Skov Jensen Collection

 

Collaboration

2012
Collaboration with designer Stine Goya. Artist print on silk dress. ´Flowerheaded rider on pink and turquoise horse´. The Carla dress.

 

Residencies

2016
Treignac Projetc, 2 rue Ignace Dumergue, 19260 Treignac, France. (1. july. - 31. July.)

2012
The Danish Institute in Rome, VIA OMERO 18, 00197 ROMA, Italy. (1. Oct. - 30. Nov.)

2010
The Danish Institute at Athens, Herefondos 14 - Plaka - GR-105 58 Athens, Greece. (1. March - 30. March.)

 

Selected press

2016
Hornung, Peter Michael. ´Linjens leg på papiret´. In Politiken, Kultur, 4. Nov.

2015
Nipper, Marie. ´Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen´. In Peter Lykke-Olesen ed. Campus Aarhus C, VIA University College. Edition of 1300. 92 pages.

2013
Frieze. No. 158, 2013. `O CHAIR O FLESH´, Treignac Project. P. 269. Review by Chris Fite-Wassilak.
labellerevue. September 2013. `O CHAIR O FLESH´, Treignac Project. Revue d'art contemporain en Centre-France, by Sabrina Tarasoff.
Magasinet KUNST. Nr. 3/2013, Årgang 22. ´At stå på ryggen af giganter´ p. 18 - 21. Interview af Tina Christensen.
´6 danske kunstnere, der rykker´. In RUM 03. Marts.

2012
´Paper Match´. Edited and designed by Johan Rosenmunthe and Flemming Ove Bech. Texts by Lisbeth Bonde and Sara Lubich.
Published by Vandret Publications.
Offset newsprint in plastic sleeve. Edition of 600. 56 pages.
ISBN 978-87-994373-9-9

2011
Ross, Trine. ´Succesfuld kunstner laver udstilling om mænd og ænder´. In Politiken, sektion ibyen, 13. April.
Scavenius, Bente. ´Anmelderne anbefaler´. In Børsen - kultur, 24. Nov.
Ross, Trine. Interview, ´De unge malere går ombord i fortiden´. In Politiken, sektion ibyen, 14. Jan.

2009
´Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen´. In Dagbladet Information, nr. 278, sektion 2, 28. Nov.

2008
Eisen, Marianne. ´Sprung ins Unbekannte´. In Luxemburger Wort, 24. Sept.

2007
Bo, Morten. ´Fata, Tiden og Ånden´. In Fatamorganakunstens Historie 1999-2007. Forlaget Fatamorgana.

2006
Lange, Katrine. ´Det tredje rum´. In Manus. Tidskrift for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab. ´Krak 148, Kunst i Byen og Byen i Kunsten´.

2003
Royse, Julia. ´Hot art´. In ELLE Magazine. Jul. p. 42-43.
Cat-A-Logue 03. ´Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen´, Goldsmiths College.

2001
Floorless ed. ´In the Red´.

1999
Hornung, Peter Michael. ´Storvask på Den Frie´. In Politiken. Oct.
Pohl, Eva. ´Parat til udrykning´. In Berlingske Tidende. Oct.

1998
KE 98. ´Den skjulte nægtelse´. Den Frie Udstillingsbygning.

1997
Grønnebæk, Mikkel. ´Artifacts´ In Metropolis Magazine, vol. 2. p. 14-15.