(5) The Young Americans (PROJECT)

Elizabeth Huey

The Young AmericansNew work from New York-based artistsSeptember 14 – October 21st

Opening reception – Thursday, September 14th 2006, 5-8 pm


Kunstmiljøet på Carl Jacobsens vej er stolte over nu at kunne tælle 5 gallerier, og vil tage hul på en ny sæson af udstillinger med en fælles ”grand opening” d. 14 september med Kulturminister Brian Mikkelsen som gæstetaler.

Ud over de enkelte galleriers ferniseringer vil det fælles arrangement indledes ved taler af Børsens Journalist Bente Scavenius kl. 16.10, Arkens Direktør Christian Gether kl. 16.20 samt Brian Mikkelsen kl. 16:30.

Det er i denne sammenhæng også en glæde for bendixen contemporary art at kunne præsentere en udstilling bestående af unge Amerikanske kunstnere fra New York kunstnermiljø. Vidt forskellige toner af abstraktion og repræsentation, minimalisme og det semi-abstrakte slås an og noget af bredden i vor tids kunst stilles til skue.


Now boasting 5 galleries, the art community on Carl Jacobsens Vej will usher in a new season of exhibitions with an official grand opening celebration for the area this September 14th, hosted by Denmark’s Minister of Culture, Brian Mikkelsen. In addition to each gallery’s own openings, talks will be given by Børsen journalist Bente Scavenius at 16.10, Arken’s director Christian Gether at 16.20 and Brian Mikkelsen at 16.30.

bendixen contemporary art is also pleased to announce an exhibition of young American artists, all of whom are currently working and residing in New York City. Weaving various threads of representation and abstraction, minimalism and the semi-abstract, the exhibition underscores the breadth of artistic tendencies at work today. The artists included in the exhibition:

The work of Larissa Bates unabashedly tackles the often-shunned political arena of traditional gender roles and how these roles are acquired. Her keen political awareness looks toward undermining power structures and expressing her artistic sensibilities through a fascinatingly surreal world of iconic motifs. Larissa Bates is represented by Monya Rowe Gallery in New York and will have her second solo exhibition there this fall.

One of Art Review’s ’25 Emerging US Artists’ in 2005, Eric Brown’s architectural vocabulary of minimalism and abstraction is the foundation for his artistic project. A noted sculptor, Brown’s watercolors featured in this exhibition have their departure point in specific sites and structures, though on paper the forms become reduced and transformed through his personal investigation. Eric Brown is represented by Goff & Rosenthal in New York where he recently had his second solo exhibition. His work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and is also currently on view at Maine’s Center for Contemporary Art.

Driven by a fascination with the magical power of the unexplained and the iconic imagery and symbolism of science, James Case’s sculptures and works on paper often evoke a boundless sense of imagination. In his meticulously cutout paper works of snowflakes, Case presents us with the utter uniqueness of nature. He is represented by Road Agent in Dallas, where he recently had his first solo exhibition.

Kirsten Deirup’s technical prowess, with its roots in Northern Renaissance masters such as Bruegel and Bosch, is immediately evident; however a closer look also reveals the depth and intensity of the subject matter. Her intimate works evoke our subconscious fears and anxieties, allowing the viewer to engage with the work and the narrative. A graduate of the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Kirsten Deirup’s most recent solo exhibition was at RARE Gallery in Manhattan.

Echo Eggebrecht’s figureless landscapes are filled with traces of “Americana”, such as a playground or an aboveground swimming pool. The contradictory feeling of absence and memory within the works and the juxtaposition of flatness and detailed patterns within the scenes give one a sense of emptiness or neglect. Echo Eggebrecht is represented by Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York and has recently had solo exhibitions at Sixspace (LA), sixtyseven Gallery (NY) and Nicole Klagsburn.

The psychological intensity of Elizabeth Huey’s works is both romantic and hauntingly disquieting. The personal, emotional connections that reverberate throughout can be found in the strangest of places, such as Tudor architecture, doctors, angels, well-dressed women, and various technical apparatus. Grim undertones such as confinement and abuse are offset by her explosive palate and curious shifts in perspective. Elizabeth Huey is represented by Feigen Contemporary in New York, where her second solo exhibition in the gallery is currently on view.

Ian Umlauf’s “Dead Drive-In” ink works on paper portray an eerie, decaying side of Americana – long since abandoned drive-in movie theatres. Once charming playgrounds for popcorn and hotdog eating children with their families and young couples on dates, the theatres, while retaining their basic shapes through the ages, are revealed as little more than barren parking lots and weed infested wastelands on the outskirts of town.