miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014

Danish artist Heidi Hove announces open house at Monte Residency and Estudios in San Telmo

Danish artist Heidi Hove, currently the visiting artist at the Monte Residency & Estudios in San Telmo announces an open house Saturday, October 25th on what she has been working on in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

She brought with her a 30 year old cartoon she did when she was a child, inspired by a Danish children's puppet show about a pirate girl called Sally, a girl who has her own ship and is always followed by a magical giraffe. One day she meets a boy called Frede and his family, and in each part of the series we follow their adventures. As a child, Heidi was so absorbed with Sally the Pirate (Sørøver Sally), that she had to draw what she saw and turned it into her own film roll, a scroll of paper that ended up being a few meters long.

Heidi has turned this material into a silent stop-motion short film made of lino- and woodcuts but also a series of photographs and a short video with rainwater ‘waves’ in the broken window of a Copenhagen train. In the photo series, Heidi is puts herself in the role of Sally accompanied by an Argentine street performer who dresses up as a pirate at the local market in San Telmo. Most people have their heroes as a child, but what do those heroes actually stand for? What dreams do we have as a child? And what do they tell about the lives that we live today? How does it influence the way we choose to look at the (changing) landscapes that surround us?

The artist also shows a series of linoleum prints made of the relics from the making of the stop-motion film. While the stop-motion film has a figurative (naive) chronological storyline, the printing of the scraps becomes abstract and ambiguous. It is indeterminate fragments and pieces from a story, a memory – and points at another level of (accidental) remembrance. 

In a certain sense what Heidi does in related to what Jorge Luis Borges once wrote: “There is a river whose waters give immortality; somewhere there must be another river whose waters take it away.” One step vanishes the moment you move on, another leaves a trace for a lifetime. While walking the streets of Buenos Aires, Heidi started paying attention to the many footprints in the concrete. Each day, millions of people travel the streets of Buenos Aires. The massive weight of nine million people coming and going results in cracked and worn down streets, which leaves an opportunity for creating your personal mark when wet concrete is poured to repair the sidewalk. The outcome of these observations is a series of photographs published in the book Footprints, an intervention in urban space and a concrete sculpture. 

The works point to floating landscapes. Whether it is a short video of ‘waves’ in the window of a Copenhagen train, a stepping into wet concrete or simply the printing of scrap materials, the works associate gaps, interferences, leakages and abstractions that open up our minds to new stories, other journeys, other worlds and new dreams. Is travelling an escape or a way of focusing on your dreams? We all carry our stories and memories – but what do they mean? 

Heidi Hove (b. 1976) is an interdisciplinary artist, who lives and works in Copenhagen (DK). In 2007, she graduated from Funen Art Academy (DK) and California College of Arts (US). She has exhibited her works in various contexts in Europe and the United States such as The Turku Biennial 2013 (FI), Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen (DK), The Art Laboratory Berlin (DE), Cultural Center CK in Skopje (MK), and the Lab in San Francisco (US). Besides that, she has produced a number of public artworks, such as a giant ‘welcoming’ light sculpture in the desert near Bledsoe, Texas (US), a social sculpture in the form of a memorial bench near the Factory of Art and Design, Copenhagen (DK) and a historical town gate for a thoroughfare in the heterogeneous neighborhood of Ålekistevej in Vanløse (DK). Recent awards include working grants from The Danish Arts Foundation (2012-2013) and winner of the Turku Biennial 2013 (FI). Besides her individual practice, Heidi has been involved in different curatorial projects. She co-curated, along with Jens Axel Beck (DK) the award-winning exhibition, Local Global Plan in the public space of Vanløse (DK) in 2010 and since 2007, she is co-curating the international Deadpan Exchange series with Jonn Herschend (US). Additionally, she is the co-founder of two artist initiatives in Copenhagen (DK); Koh-i-noor (since 2004) and Sydhavn Station (since 2012).

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