Mikkel Ørsted: Logic qualities

4 March - 23 April 2022
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“The world is a metaphysical plastic weaving that only transcends to its solid form the moment we sense it

Only then does the world solidify

Before, it was liquid”

 

In the exhibition Logic Qualities, artist Mikkel Ørsted (1988) shows new work in both large and small formats, all of which are part of a larger study of the world's structures. Through painting, and a transgression of its classic form, Ørsted combines colorful pigments and unconventional brushstrokes, with patterned textiles, wooden constructions, and ceramics, in an attempt to take the world apart and reassemble it. The methodology is a set of poetic-mathematical formulas that create harmonies of the world's noise and place the viewer in the middle of its complex aesthetic landscape.

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“The world is a metaphysical plastic weaving that only transcends to its solid form the moment we sense it

Only then does the world solidify

Before, it was liquid”
 

In the exhibition Logic Qualities, artist Mikkel Ørsted (1988) shows new work in both large and small formats, all of which are part of a larger study of the world's structures. Through painting, and a transgression of its classic form, Ørsted combines colorful pigments and unconventional brushstrokes, with patterned textiles, wooden constructions, and ceramics, in an attempt to take the world apart and reassemble it. The methodology is a set of poetic-mathematical formulas that create harmonies of the world's noise and place the viewer in the middle of its complex aesthetic landscape.

Ørsted is fascinated by the forms of nature, the logic of philosophy, and patterned textiles, and as a descendant of the physicist H. C. Ørsted, he also looks to the laws of physics in his artistic practice. His works operate on numerous levels, both physically and psychologically, with beautiful shades of color and patterns crossing the background, middle ground, and foreground of the painting. Even the smallest chemical processes, in which the special weaving of the canvas meets the materials of the pigments, are essential to the logic of the work. Ørsted paints as he senses the world – not just through sight, but through an inexhaustible curiosity about the world's structure and logic. He asks what the work demands of him? Sometimes it’s deep concentration, repetition, and hundreds of hours of work, and other times it is fast contrasting brushstrokes. The work is finished when its inherent systems vibrate in just the right way.

The quotation above is from Ørsted's essay Skudtråde, which he wrote for his graduation exhibition in 2020. This collection of theoretical reflections, sketches, and form studies, became Ørsted's manifesto and provided him with the freedom to experiment and break boundaries, and even return to landscape painting, the motive he originally applied to the academy with. Today, the landscapes have changed and come about through the many folds, systems, and formulas that tumble around Ørsted's head and wash over his canvases.

 

A warm thank you to Mikkel for a fantastic collaboration, and for opening our eyes to the world's patterned systems.

 

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