How do you see the synergy between furniture/interior and art, and how do the two complement each other?
The two has always had cross effects on each other, which most likely has to do with the fact that many creatives were part of the same professional as well as social circles. But today, we see that for example fashion and interior design magazines are starting to zoom in on not only crafts, but also fine art - and some even have whole issues dedicated to the subject. This makes a lot of sense. Because not only are both concerned with aesthetics and (often) the visual, but often both the designer and the artist have something they'd like to share. A story or a vision. In a home setting, the two can complement each other by creating a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk that reflects not only the owner’s taste, but also their own personal ideology and beliefs.
Would you recommend some artists?
There are so many exciting new artists to keep an eye on. An artist such as the painter Vilmer Engelbrecht Schultz, who we are currently exhibiting in our space, is definitely an artist to watch. We are very excited to be presenting a solo exhibition with him this spring. Another artist is the sculptor Josefine Winding, who has recently started working in bronze. She is also an example of an artist, who succeeds in creating synergy between art and interior design in her sculptural side table Adesso. Lastly, we would also like to highlight Annette Bjarnhoff. She brings to life the shapes, elements, patterns, and textures of nature in poetic botanical sceneries made from porcelain, a fragile material, which aims to create awareness of just how fragile nature has become.
What are the current "trends" within the art world, and to where is it leading?
One of the great things about art is that we do not see short term trends, but you can definitely speak about a certain generation or school of artists. In the past couple of years, we have seen many artists who work with highly relevant and political subjects, such as feminism, representation, and post-colonial theory. We are also seeing a lot of young painters, who are both classical in their approach to the medium, but also extremely contemporary, humorous, and personal. Apart from this, it is difficult not to speak of NFTs and what is happening in the digital sphere right now.
What are the plans for Arden Asbæk Gallery in the future?
We are still a young space, but we are also starting to define ourselves more specifically. We enjoy working with the emerging art scene and create a sense of community around the space. We have focused a lot on the group exhibition as our primary channel, but we also have exciting solo shows in the pipeline for 2022.