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POUL PEDERSEN

POLARMALERIER MM
August 19 - September 23, 2017


 

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”MORD (MURDER) – I consider my last attempt to paint curved letters as simply murdering the alphabet”.

This is how Poul Pedersen describes one of his recent paintings. And he has – somewhat ironically and as an emphasis on the drama – called his exhibition POLARMALERIER MM (POLARPAINTINGS A.O.) pointing to the French roman policier (crime novel), also called Polar.

Every single letter is a sign or a unit and in his work with separating them and putting them together again, Poul Pedersen reveals the great variety of constellations to be found and he continues to point to the nuances and strengths of language.

The exhibition shows a series of older and recent works by Poul Pedersen. With letters as his always dominating focus, Poul Pedersen has throughout his career playfully put together a series of signs (letters) to create thoughtprovoking constellations. Often a single letter can change the meaning from one extreme to the other.

In his portraits Poul Pedersen dissolves the name of the portrayed woman (always a woman) into the individual letters, which he then turns, mirrors and puts together again, leaving the names both complex and dissolved, yet still recognizable.

Poul Pedersen (DK, 1933) - aka ”Bogstav-Poul/Letter-Poul” – was part of an avantgarde movement in the city of Aarhus in the 1960’ties. In the late 1970’ties, Poul Pedersen was asked to reconstruct Malevich’ arkhitektons for the Centre Pompidou, and he has lived in Paris since. Poul Pedersen was awarded the Eckersberg medaille in 2007 and he is recipient of the Danish Art Agency’s lifelong honourable grant.

 

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