Søren Lose (DK),
Monument
7 March – 2 May 2015

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In 1895 the sculptor Hans Petersen Dau had his studio in the rooms where Peter Lav Gallery is now located. Here he ostensibly created a lion sculpture that was set up near the Citadel in what is now called The Churchill Park next to the location of The Museum of Danish Resistance until it burned down in 2013. The fate of this lion is uncertain and it has also been impossible to determine its original purpose. Was it a war monument, a memorial sculpture or something else?

This story inspired visual artist Søren Lose to create the installation Monument. Fully in line with his earlier artistic practice the exhibition engages the monument’s function as historical symbol and carrier of narrative and identity. But in his work Lose also points to the monument’s presence in the public space and thereby in the public consciousness. The centerpiece of the installation is the wooden structure Lion, a copy of the pedestal from H.W. Bissen’s Istedløven that in its intrusive presence reflects the typical massive appearance of the historical national monument. Entering the gallery one is overwhelmed by this pedestals violent presence, but one also becomes aware of the absence of an actual lion and thus perhaps also of a singular and definitive historical reality.

The installation’s second element is a series of photographic works, based on Søren Lose’s extensive collection of photographs of monuments in public spaces collected during travels to cities like like Lisbon, Berlin and Copenhagen. The individual monuments are isolated digitally from their original surroundings and put together in narrative analogies, detached from their original context, scale and style. The compositions become subjectively constructed narratives inspired by formal details or analogies based on the monument’s political, social or historical significance. Through the works Lose attempts to create a typology of the historical monument, organizing and categorizing the individual sculptures, and while his categories are personal and humorous with subtitles such as Hard Times, Fuck History or Troubled Men, they play on the variability of the perception of history. Just as H.W Bissen’s famous sculpture Istedløven has lived a stormy life and over the years has been endowed with different and sometimes oppositional symbolic meanings, history itselv will always be subject to subjective interpretation.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication by Søren Lose.

Søren Lose studied at Funen Art Academy, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and at Städelschule, Frankfurt. He has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad and has received numerous prizes and awards. His works are included in several public collections, including ARoS, Skive Art Museum and the National Museum of Photography.

 

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Monuments #10 (Troubled men), 2013, Ink-jet on Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g, smoked oak, museum glass, 26 x 22 cm
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Monuments #14 (Hard times), 2013, Ink-jet on Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g, smoked oak, museum glass, 26 x 22 cm
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Monuments #12 (Fuck history), 2013, Ink-jet on Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g, smoked oak, museum glass, 26 x 22 cm
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