Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was founded in 1999 and moved to its current location in the Meat Packing District in 2007. The gallery represents established international artists based around a core focus on the most important Danish painters of the current and recent generations. The gallery regularly participates in international fairs including the Armory and Art Cologne, and runs Ekely, a shop with prints, editions, books and ceramics by gallery artists and special projects by invited guests.
A kiss. A caress with the lips. Is any other gesture so loaded with contradictory meaning? Romantic passion, motherly love, grief, power, subordination, loyalty, betrayal. The kiss of life. The kiss of death. Galleri Bo Bjerggaard will present a booth of works made by women artists, using the kiss as a central motif. Anna Bjerger (b. 1973), A K Dolven (b. 1953), Emily Gernild (b.1985), Eva Schlegel (b. 1960) and Janaina Tschäpe (b.1973).
Emily Gernild, Untitled, 2022
Anna Bjerger, Landscape, 2017
Janaina Tschäpe, 'Tanz im Wald', 2019
A K Dolven, 'What do I do with the world', 2017
Eva Schlegel, untitled (321GGY), 2019
Emily Gernild (DK)
Emily Gernild’s paintings present a series of lush tableaux within the still life tradition that take exception to commonly held notions of the genre. Rather than chanelling the finality of ‘nature morte’, her works are filled with the promise of vitality and the potentiality of being. Lying seductively between abstraction and representation, her opulent paintings exude a deep sensory awareness of colour and shape. Rabbit-skin glue imbues her paintings with an ethereal and shimmery quality, as the organic material permeates their surfaces. Painted in earthy tones and saturated hues, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetation and flower buds are seen alongside jugs of creamy milk and rich, dark soil, embodying a desire for nourishment that sustains the continuous cycle of life. As if filled to the brim, her painted cups generously ‘runneth over’ with the cloying sweetness of port wine. Perhaps preoccupied by existential thought, at times a darkness pervades the paintings, alluding to the divergent peripheries of abundance.
Danish artist Emily Gernild (1985, Odense) lives and works in Copenhagen. She graduated from Funen Art Academy in 2016 and Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in 2014. Her work is in the collection of the Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark, Kastrupgårdsamlingen, Denmark and Trapholt Museum, Denmark.
Red Onion Earth
Mixed media 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Napoleonshat på fad
Rabbit-skin glue, acrylic, oil and oil stick on linen 2023
Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Night Sky of Cosmos
Gesso, watercolour, rabbit-skin glue, acrylic and oil on linen 2022
Tschäpe's multidisciplinary work embraces aquatic, plant, and human life, exploring the transformation of sensuous forms evocative of the natural world. Spanning painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture, her sublime visual language dwells within the nebulous space between representation and abstraction. She seeks a ‘fluid dialogue between drawing and painting, both melting into each other’, wherein her compositions and landscapes feature colourful amorphous shapes and organic structures layered, overpainted and drawn upon each other in carefully calibrated hues. Interested throughout her artistic practice in the experience of being underwater and how dimensions and perspective are lost, the sea is featured prominently in her photographs and videos, with floating creatures reminiscent of jellyfish or squid, and women’s bodies entangled with flowing fabric and balloons.
Brazilian-German artist Janaina Tschäpe (1973, Munich) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from Hochschulen für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), Hamburg (1997) and MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York (1998). Her work is in collections including Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro; Museu Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo; among others.
Anna Bjerger’s paintings draw from an extensive archive of images she has collected from sources such as out-of-print books, travel brochures and vintage magazines and catalogues. In this ongoing endeavour, she is immersed in ‘rescuing images from history’. Seemingly mundane photographic moments are elevated through her careful selection and re-presentation, while the luminosity of the oil applied to the smooth aluminium surfaces upon which she paints delights the eye. The anonymity of these incongruent and haunting images—landscapes, figures, animals—is freeing, wherein the subject matter of her work becomes solely centred on painting as an emotive act, capturing and/or enhancing a subtle mood or sensuality. Critic Francesca Astesani is prompted to ask when considering the sensitivities inherent in Bjerger’s paintings, ‘How can an image be given the coolness of water, the softness of wool, the silence of a starry night?’
Swedish artist Anna Bjerger (Skallsjö, 1973) lives and works in Småland. She received her BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, London (1997) and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2001). Her work is in collections including Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; among others.