KANT GALLERY


AsmUND HAVSTEEN-MIKKELSEN

NEWS FROM NOWHERE


12 novEMBER - 22 decEMBER 2021

MORE NEWS FROM NOWHERE

Nov 12 - 22 dec. 2021

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Reception for the book:

ZOOM & BLOOM - draft of an aesthetic for ANTHROPOCENE

80 pages, A Mock Book.


In this new exhibition, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen (b. 1977) proposes a critical commentary on the current state of the world. The title of the exhibition refers to the book News from Nowhere (1890) by the artist, designer and utopian thinker William Morris. An influential book that helped to influence England in a more social liberal direction with rights and social benefits for the vulnerable working class.

But, where Morris' book was a science fiction description of a utopian society, a time travel to a future non-existent ideal society, we have with Havsteen-Mikkelsen arrived at this time. A time when the realisation of the climate crisis and how we act on it is the biggest challenge for the political public and our society. What does the crisis consist of and how should we resolve it? We are still discussing that.

More News from Nowhere tries to ask the tantalising question: what more news do we need in our time before we fully recognise the schism that prevails between what science says we should do, and what we actually do.

This comes to expression in the large panoramic painting “Fuels for the Fire", which depicts a gas station in an undefined wasteland, but where the horizon flares up in a wave of fire. The work refers to the banal fact that every time we refuel petrol or emit CO2 through our consumption - we increase the concentration so that the situation worsens.

Or in the work “Flooding of the Modernist Escape Room”, which shows a sharply defined architectural space where the floor dissolves into a vortex of picturesque brushstrokes. Any desire to hide away from the flood seems futile here.

The new works must be seen in connection with Havsteen-Mikkelsen's publication: Zoom & Bloom - a draft of an aesthetic for ANTHROPOCENE, which will be published in connection with the exhibition. Here, Havsteen-Mikkelsen presents his reflections on our age - the Anthropocene - and what consequences it has for the creation of contemporary art. The exhibition can therefore be seen as Havsteen-Mikkelsen's proposition for what art for the anthropocene could be about.

“More News from Nowhere” is Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen's fifth solo exhibition in Gallery KANT. In the spring of 2021, his large-scale museum exhibition 'Privacy (wilding)' opened at the Kastrupgaard Collection, and following this he has participated in group exhibitions at the Museum of Religious Art - Lemvig and at Sophienholm Kunsthal.

In 2020, he contributed to the publication Connectedness, which accompanied the Danish Pavilion to the Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2019, the monograph Mentalscapes was launched with the renowned German publishers Kerber. Most recently, his work from 2018, Flooded Modernity, a 1: 1 copy of Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier sunk in the Vejle Fjord - Denmark, has been mentioned in a major feature article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Switzerland.

In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen has created public commissions for, The New Carlsberg Foundation, Jazzhus Montmartre, Nyborg Gymnasium and the Roskilde Courthouse. His works are in numerous collections including, the Danish Arts Council, Novo Nordisk Corporate Collection and the Swedish Arts Council.