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Visual Arts – York Quay Centre and Beyond & Challenging Danish Design

TORONTO, September 28, 2004 — SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture at Harbourfront Centre, explores visual artists' projects at 10 venues. These exhibitions showcase a broad spectrum of Danish visual arts representing varied artistic practices. Artists investigate the strong narrative presence in Danish contemporary art. Working at varying levels of practice, the artists use different modes of visual expression like photography, painting, video installation and drawing in order to explore the pervasive desire to tell their stories through the visual arts. SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture also presents four intriguing design exhibitions in York Quay Centre, which focus on the ongoing Danish tradition of design being integrated into all aspects of everyday life.

The public opening reception at Harbourfront Centre for the exhibitions takes place on Tuesday, September 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. in York Quay Gallery. Admission to the reception and the exhibitions is free. Exhibitions run from September 29 to December 23, unless otherwise noted. For information on these exhibitions, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Case Studies – Danish Directory
Case Studies is Harbourfront Centre's unique small-scale, high-traffic, exhibition space in York Quay Centre. Each participating Danish artists' window installation presented in Case Studies is an introduction and index to SUPERDANISH city-wide partnering galleries offering larger exhibitions of these unique contemporary artists' works. Curated by Patrick Macaulay.

Case Studies' artists exhibited in the SUPERDANISH city-wide galleries include Claus Carstensen, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Morten Goll & Tone Nielson, Jens Haaning, Jesper Just, Nikolaj Recke, Kirstine Roepstorff and Mette Winckelmann. Each artist's work presented in Case Studies will act as a marker, directing visitors to their larger, gallery exhibitions taking place at one of the designated partnering galleries in Toronto. Participating SUPERDANISH galleries include Christopher Cutts Gallery, Gallery 1313, goodwater, Lonsdale Gallery, Mercer Union, YYZ Artists' Outlet and Zsa Zsa. (Please see page 3 under Danish Directory at participating SUPERDANISH Toronto Galleries for more information).

Photography Exhibitions
Four photography exhibitions taking place at Harbourfront Centre and elsewhere in the city confirm that the Danes are innovators in contemporary photojournalism. Curated by Patrick Macaulay.

Jacob Aue Sobol Sabine
A photographic essay in two locations that documents the humbling experiences of the artist’s travels to a remote area of East Greenland. Sabine can be viewed at the Premiere Dance Theatre lobby (accessible to ticket holders only) and from September 29 to October 31 at David Mirvish Books, 596 Markham Street, (416-531-9975,

After a period studying at the European Film College in Denmark, Jacob Aue Sobol was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Photographic Visual Art, in 1998. There he developed the photographic idiom that runs through his pictures from the East Greenland settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, where he went in the autumn of 1999. Over the next few years, he mainly lived in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and hunter. Since he left Greenland in the summer of 2002, he has worked on the book project Sabine, which depicts in photographs and narratives his encounter with Sabine and life on the east coast of Greenland.

Henrik Saxgren Landscapes of War
Large format (4"x 5") black & white photography worked up to giant raw prints shows Gaza’s physical environment with its dusty emptiness and the absolute absence of beauty or poetry. Landscapes of War can be seen at The Photo Passage from September 28 to October 31.

Henrik Saxgren Voodoo [Water Rituals]
A profile of the intimate relationship between water with religious and cultural rites – as in the voodoo rituals on the island of Haiti, a melting pot where, through the mixing of indigenous and colonial (western) traditions, very special forms of religious practice came to life. The exhibition can be seen from October 15 to December 1 at Pikto Gallery, 55 Mill Street (The Distillery District), 416-203-3443, Opening reception: October 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Presented in collaboration with FOTOGRAFISK CENTER.

The Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren is considered the mentor of today's highly acclaimed Danish photojournalism. His 2001 work in the Gaza strip of demolished buildings and facades was part of the Noorderlicht exhibition Confronting Views in 2000. In 1995, Saxgren produced an intimate photo essay on a voodoo-meeting in the village Plaine du Nord, in the north of Haiti.

Krass Clement Forandringen
At The Photo Passage, from November 2 to December 23, an exhibition of colour photographs of the changing environment of people and places that surround this important artist. Presented in collaboration with FOTOGRAFISK CENTER.

John Kørner Factory – A site specific installation
Young Copenhagen artist, John Kørner’s paintings and mixed media installations belong to the concept of "idea and production." This site specific work will incorporate his paintings and refer to urban industrial complexes where people work. This exhibition can be viewed in the West Arcade, York Quay Centre. Born in 1967, Kørner studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He is represented in Copenhagen by Galleri Christina Wilson.

Gerard Collins Eye of the Beholder: New Denmark, NB
At Canada Quay, a painting installation of images of New Denmark, New Brunswick, created with the source images supplied by the artist and residents of this community. The series is part of his ongoing series Beautiful New Brunswick.

Danish Directory at participating SUPERDANISH Toronto Galleries
Claus Carstensen A.M.E.R.I.C.A. A.T. W.O.R.K.
Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue
October 9 to November 10
Opening reception: October 9, time T.B.A.

Claus Carstensen’s mixed media images embrace and incorporate the experience of living and working across boundaries, whether they be geographical, familial, or stylistic.

Born in Sønderborg, on the Danish-German border in 1957, Claus Carstensen was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, where he now teaches, and at the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Comparative Literature. A published poet as well as a visual artist, Carstensen's first exhibitions date from 1979 and include venues throughout Europe as well as in Australia, the United States, South Africa, Canada and Brazil.

Nikolaj Recke Pond of waterlillies
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West
October 7 to 31
Opening Reception: October 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

Nikolaj Recke presents a new installation incorporating waterlily plants. As the gap between what is natural and artificial increases in our lives, this work illustrates our longing for or growing dependency on images of nature. Presented with support from Sheridan Nurseries.

Nikolaj Recke was born in Copenhagen in 1969. His works are inspired by his love and desperate search for art. For Pistraction Skater-Klein (1996), Recke's homage to Yves Klein; he painted his nose red, got on a skateboard and crashed into a gallery wall. For another series, Recke places the artists he admires in imaginative scenes. A video work, Knowing You, Knowing Me is a record of his interactions with the famous American artist, Robert Morris.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen Rituals
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West
October 7 to 31
Opening Reception: October 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

Born in the Phillippines in 1970, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen works primarily in new media fields such as video and computer animation. Her videos are inspired by documentaries and examine identity, gender and socio-cultural relations connected to different communities. Underlying themes include investigations of the group versus the individual in society and how the individual responds to social or religious rituals.

Jens Haaning Goodwater, Toronto – Simon’s Restaurant, Niagara Falls (Light Bulb Exchange)
goodwater, 1450 Dundas Street West
September 29 to November 13
Opening reception: September 29, 7 p.m.

The fluorescent bulbs which form goodwater, Toronto were exchanged with the fluorescent bulbs from Simon’s Restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the last place before the Canada/U.S. border where you can get a coffee and a snack.

Born 1965 in Copenhagen, Jens Hanning lives and works in Copenhagen. Haaning makes interventions that directly engage with and test political, geographic, and social borders.

Kirstine Roepstorff King of Crash and the Untouchables
Lonsdale Gallery, 410 Spadina Avenue
October 9 to 31
Opening reception: October 9, 2 to 5 p.m.

Kirstine Roepstorff uses materials such as yarn, glitter, magazines and other common materials to create collages representing a story, a situation, conditions, and relationships through a process she coins as “appropriarranging” in this new series of work.

Kirstine Roepstorff (born 1972) lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. She earned a Fine Art degree from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen in 2001.

Goll & Nielsen The Niagara Falls Artist Host Programme
Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, 37 Lisgar Street
December 2 to 18
Opening reception: December 2, 8 p.m.
Artists’ talk: December 2, 7 p.m.

Goll and Nielsen are creating an artist host programme by setting up an office in the Mercer Union gallery space. The programme will work to establish lasting personal and professional contacts between refugee and/or immigrant artists and established Toronto-based artists. For the show’s duration, the programme will recruit volunteer hosts and guests, organize talks on the topic of Canadian immigration and Asylum Law, and mount exhibitions and events by the various guests and hosts.

Morten Goll and Tone Nielson have been working collaboratively since 1998. They characterize themselves as an artist-curator collective, and create projects of broader socio-political character that exist in the fields between aesthetic production and exhibition curation, art and activism, the gallery and public space. Their site-specific projects have included Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Sweden and Denmark. Goll and Nielson currently live and work in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Jesper Just No Man is an Island, and other works
YYZ Artists’ Outlet, 401 Richmond Street West
November 3 to December 11
Opening reception: November 3, 7 to 9 p.m.

Video work, strongly inspired by film, that consciously plays on the idea of video art as a construct that can verge on the real through the invention of fictions and the picturing of other worlds. Jesper’s work challenges the viewer’s stereotypical expectations towards gender roles.

Danish artist Jesper Just (born 1974) graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2003, but has been exhibiting since 1999. His work is represented by Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen.

Mette Winckelmann Sense of sharing
Zsa Zsa, 962 Queen Street West
October 7 to 31
Opening reception: October 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Mette Winckelmann presents a new installation based on abstract hard-edge painting. Rather than a continuation of the modernistic tradition, in which non-figurative paintings are often associated with a masculine encoding; she uses signs of masculine art only to take them apart again by means of contradictions. This is achieved in one example by a stringent and strictly geometrical painting in sensitive pink colours. In much the same way she uses fabric as a sort of intermediate place, where the composition of strict geometric shapes gives traditionally feminine material a masculine aesthetic.

Winckelmann (born 1971) graduated from the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2003. Represented by Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen.

In collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, The Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design, presents a panel-discussion with four contemporary artists from Denmark: Kirstine Roepstorff, Mette Winckelmann, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and Nikolaj Recke. The event is organized in conjunction with SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture and supported by the OCAD president Ron Shuebrook. Open to the public. The panel-discussion takes place on October 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Great Hall (Room 270), OCAD, 100 McCaul Street.

Challenging Danish Design
Constructed Imagination
September 28th to October 12th
York Quay Centre
Eight Toronto artists create individual small wonders using LEGO™, a popular Danish invention. Participating artists: Janet Morton, Christie Pearson, Peter Cosco, Sandra Rechico, Ben Smit, John Mckinnon, Warren Quigley and Millie Chen.

Gitte Kath Poster Exhibition
September 28th to October 12th
York Quay Centre
In addition to her role as Artistic Director and Set Designer for Teatret Møllen, Gitte Kath is well-known throughout Denmark for her poster designs – complex compositions that include drawings, photographs and typewritten characters.

Expo Toronto: Dreams on Wheels
September 28th to October 12th
Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Featuring everyday street bikes, original urban classics from days gone by and prototypes for the future, this exhibition provides everything you need to understand the essence of cycling culture in Denmark – as design and as lifestyle. Presented in partnership with Etik Studio.

Lars Mikkelsen Center Bar
September 28th to October 12th
Marilyn Brewer Community Space
This art installation space and functional bar is a custom-designed cultural ideal – a place for contemplation and a meeting place for dynamic discussion. The bar will be functional during SUPERDANISH. Born in Denmark in 1958, Mikkelsen currently lives and works in Malmo, Sweden.

SUPERDANISH is made possible through the generous assistance of the Danish Arts Agency and Council, Danish Architecture Centre, Danish Crafts, Danish Film Institute – all institutions under the Ministry of Culture in Denmark, The Royal Danish Embassy, Maersk Sealand, Creekside Winery, Georg Jensen, Silkeborg, Westin Harbour Castle, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Lego, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Thanks for support from patrons Danfoss Inc., Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., Vestas-Canadian Wind Tec, Ltd., Arla Foods Inc., The Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce and from donors IC Companys Fashions Inc., Group 4 Falck (Canada) Ltd., Bang & Olufsen North America, Hartman Canada, Diemaco, Net Electric Limited and Ecco Shoes Canada Inc.


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