Julie Boserup,
Leisure Shapes,
9 May – 27 June, 2015

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Julie Boserup’s new exhibition at Peter Lav Gallery takes us to places that are normally hidden, forgotten or unnoticed. In her new series of architectural collages entitled Leisure, Boserup deals with places like Simon Spies’ tennis court behind Vesterport, a never realized swimming pool in the Danish National Bank and a much-debated badminton hall in a backyard on Amager, places that all are destined for recreational physical activities.

Julie Boserup seeks out the surplus of visual information in contemporary media culture. Her point of departure is found material such as old posters, outdated travel guides, imagery found on the internet, in promotional material or architectural monographs that she combines with her own snapshots and other material visually, metaphorically or thematically related to the subject matter at hand.

Julie Boserup has described her artistic method thus:

My collages are assembled as a dialogue between various subject matter and between reality and possibility. But they are also a sort of quest towards or struggle against their inherent resistance to being put together. Working with the immense amount of visual material accessible today makes me feel a little like a dictator that can create my own utopian order out of the visual chaos surrounding me”.

In her new series Leisure Boserup is inspired by spaces and shapes created to house our recreational time but at the same time shape us as ideal human beings. Modern life is increasingly organized in a tension between professional life and personal spare time; and fitness studios, sports arenas etc. become the frame for our personal realization – sometimes like temples where we seek order in a seemingly chaotic and disordered world. The individual works in the series are attempts at transforming disorder in these places into a utopian sense of visual order; hinting at possibilities, perspectives and alternatives. But they are also visual explorations into the way society chooses to shape the order that organizes life. Many of the locations Boserup has worked with are more or less hidden or even obsolete and the works thus also function as a visual history of utopian ideas.

Another important dimension of the works is the changing ideological frameworks concerning the duality between man as natural phenomenon and as a cultural entity. Throughout history the way man creates or shapes his surroundings has been governed by different ideals and principles. In present time the governing idealistic principle is one of sustainability while at the same time the wastelands of consumerism threaten to engulf us. It is Boserup’s explicit ambition through her works to create order in the complex layers of how the world continues to be created, just as the geologist describes the world through the uncovering of geological layers.

Julie Boserup (b. 1976) graduated from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2002. She works in the cross field between photography, drawing and collage, and has exhibited widely in Denmark.

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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes I, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes II, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes III, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes IV, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes V, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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Julie Boserup, Leisure Shapes VI, 2015, Inkjet print partially washed and sanded, pencil, wallpaper and found images, 74 x 79 cm
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