(3) Jens Thegler

 

Jens Thegler

HOTEL

June 1st – June 24th, 2006

Opening reception Thursday, June 1st 17-20

 

bendixen contemporary art is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Danish artist Jens Thegler. For his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Thegler will present a series of new, primarily large-scale paintings based around the artificial dwelling we call a hotel. Typically perceived as a secure, comfortable and neutral environment, Thegler transforms this ‘home away from home’ into an alienating, oppressive and claustrophobic space. Through his use of bright, often irrational, colors and his characteristic warping of conventional perspective and depth, Thegler plays with both our physical and emotional senses. In Thegler’s world of storytelling, the viewer is drawn into a vivid scene that unexpectedly reveals a darker, more ominous side. Though filled with melancholic moments and personal innuendos, the works nevertheless allow the viewer to be drawn in and to make their own individual connections between their private world and the implications within each painting.

A graduate of the Danish Royal Academy of Art, Jens Thegler is a previous nominee for the prestigious Carnegie Art Award. He has had several graphic novels published by Carlsen Publishing and his work was recently published in the book “Blæk” (Politikens Forlag, 2006).

 

Pressemeddelelse:

1. juni – 24. juni 2006

Fernisering torsdag den 1. juni kl. 17 – 20

 

bendixen contemporary art er glade for at kunne præsentere en udstilling med nye værker af den danske kunstner Jens Thegler. Thegler vil, i sin første soloudstilling i galleriet, præsentere os for en række nye malerier hovedsageligt store værker med udspring i det kunstige hjem, ’hotellet’. Hvad der normalt anskues som et trygt, behageligt og neutralt miljø – ’et andet hjem’, transformerer Thegler til et fremmed, trykkende og klaustrofobisk rum. Igennem en brug af lyse, ofte irrationelle farver og den karakteristiske forvrængning af konventionel perspektiv og dybde, bringer Thegler både fysiske og emotionelle sanser i spil. Beskueren drages ind i Theglers narrative verden, ind i et livligt øjeblik der afsløres at have en uforudset ildevarslende og mørkere side. Til trods for melankolske glimt og personlige gådefuldheder tillader værkerne ikke destomindre at beskueren optager værket som sit eget, hvormed der knyttes forbindelse mellem den private verden og konsekvenserne af hvert enkelt billede.

Jens Thegler er kandidat fra Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, og har tidligere været nomineret til den prestigefyldte Carnegie Art Award. Thegler har fået flere tegneserier udgivet af Carlsen Publishing, og nogle af hans værker var for nyligt udgivet i bogen ”Blæk” af Politikens forlag.