SURFACE TENSIONS

Red Door Gallery is delighted to welcome Kirsten Reynolds, this time with the show: Surface Tensions
Visionary landscapes and apocalyptic abstracts: paintings, light drawings and prints from Denmark, Bulgaria, Tanzania and New Zealand.
Opening Sept 09 from kl.14-20
Last viewing on Sept 18 until kl.20
The artist will be present.
Welcome drinks will be served.
Looking forward to seeing you. More details on this exhibition below:
KIRSTEN REYNOLDS
Surface Tensions
Kirsten Reynolds is a British artist based in the UK and Bulgaria. She exhibits internationally and takes working outdoors in the landscape as a starting point for studio-based painting. An ongoing series of long-exposure light drawing photographs explores the mysterious ambience of the natural world after dark.
The new show Surface Tensions presents a series of paintings on the border of landscape and abstraction that use the materiality and liquidity of paint to convey a sense of space and disrupted atmosphere. Appearing to capture a specific moment of dynamic action, the paintings are created in successive layers of rich colour and build to viscerally intense images suggesting apocalyptically sensual landscapes.
‘The photographs she takes record her explorations of place and time through drawing. She weaves skeins of light before the lens, sometimes white, sometimes coloured. Her trajectory leaves traces whose shapes shift from transparent, through opaque, to sinuous, web-fine lines with the tensile strength of steel. Sometimes the landscape is barely discernible, just a dense tactile space, at other times the forms drift over recognisable terrain like mist that is impossibly articulated, or a bolt of fine silk, each fold of which is impossibly crystalline, or a transparent titanium sculpture. They look like an extraordinary natural event: the aurora borealis, or freak electrical activity.’
‘Reynolds conveys in paint what is happening in the photographs: a sense of process in which the outcome is not defined beforehand. Some are like the essence of landscape, where form is minimal. Others though, look like a further stage of dissolution. They don’t express an aggressive sense of destruction, but are gorgeously, sensually molten and cataclysmic with shreds of landscape whose shape eludes you on close examination.’
Extracts are from:
The Elegance of the Maverick.
Simone Witney, 2017
After playing drums and bass in legendary noise band Headbutt, Reynolds went on to form avant-garde sonic experimentation group Project Dark who create limited edition 7-inch singles from diverse materials such as human hair, circular saws, glass and biscuit. Exhibitions and live performances examining the relationship between the physical / visual substance and the related sonic possibilities of these discs have been presented at events from the inside the anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London as part of John Peel’s Meltdown ’98.
Reynolds has exhibited worldwide from the Hayward Gallery in London for Sonic Boom; The Art of Sound, the first international exhibition of Sound Art, to the Hong Kong Arts Festival with Power Plant, in which five artists present over thirty site-specific sound and light installations in Botanic Gardens. Power Plant has won critical acclaim at major arts festivals around the world and was a key event at the Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand in 2017.
Artist Richard Wilson says of Reynolds’ work:
‘This is not ephemeral art, this is light, action and location all suspended in time as a gestural moment of magic.’

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NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT

There are subtle, gentle moments that have occurred since the creation of Red Door Gallery, that give signs of the work and purpose of Red Door. Then there are moments sudden and sharp as knives, that give a chill down one’s spine and serve as clear reasons of why Red Doormust continue opening its doors and providing a space for our communities to gather, communicate, share, open up.

Dominic Williams, poet, cultural organizer and curator of events, arrived a couple months ago to a Red Thread meeting at the gallery, bringing in his bag an entire exhibition directly from Wales, and once he showed it to those of us in the room, we understood its importance. Now it’s time for you to see it:
Dinahvagina has created a compelling, in-your-face, chilling yet incredibly artistic body of work on the subject of domestic violence, spousal abuse and femicide, using both statistics from the UK and intimate descriptions of the lives of the women lost as a result of these attacks.
It is a show that both sobers up and serves as a reminder of this reality living among us every day.
Please join us at Red Door to honor the memory of the women who inspired this art, to celebrate all who have survived to share their stories, and of course to admire the courage and talent of Dinavagina and the strength of her work.
p.s: If you’ve lost someone you loved to the circumstances mentioned above and you’d like to honor their memory, you are invited to bring their photo so we can put it in the little altar here at the gallery, and then send back to the artist in hope that these photos, too, can come to life in new art.


About the artist:
Dinahvagina, is an artist living and working in Wales.
She makes very diverse range of work inspired by the lives and deaths of women using print, textiles, ceramics, paint and etc.
Often provocative and interactive, her pieces open space for considering and discussing everything from female sexual agency and pleasure to domestic murder, with the aim of raising the bar for women and increasing expectations for opportunity, ability, pleasure and choice.
Learn more by visiting:
https://dinahvagina.tumblr.com/
There will be official reception days on August 12 and August 19
and on other days you can write to reddoorcph@gmail.com to schedule a viewing.

LATE BLOOMER / THE WAITING ROOM

 

//LATE BLOOMER//
If I didn’t know how to laugh I probably wouldn’t be on this planet anymore 😃
I started playing with mud and with my life “for reals” for more than 3,5 years now.
Ceramics is the first art technique that calms me down almost completely. Love from the first sight, definitely. I can touch it however I want and the clay will give me an instant response. It became my friend, embraced me. It forgives me almost everything. It helps me with my constant process to become a more loving person. Teaches me that I need to let go. That micromanaging takes away the playfulness. That things break and that’s it – you can move on and start over again on something new that could potentially blow your mind even more than what you intended to do in the first place. I fell in love and I want to share it with you, whoever you are.
I want to share some scrapes from my past, all my little stories from here and there, because I had a lit on me for way too long.
//WAITING ROOM//
I moved a lot from one place to another looking for a spot that I could finally call “my home”. Wherever I stayed I needed to create a visually appealing space around me, which would help me with remembering that there is more to life than my nightmares. At the same time that same space would trick me though. It would feel “safe”, sweet and cozy, but its pink power would also make it harder for me to go out to others, face my problems and reach out for help that I needed so urgently. I could stare for hours at the things in my room. I felt like I was drowning in my toxic, colorful comfort zone. Where I’m alone with all my demons and my personal hell is crawling on me, screaming to my ears while I’m hanging flower curtains on my window. Waiting and waiting for someone to save me.
Struggling with my mental illness, finding help along the way, getting to know my diagnosis and moving along with it without losing my head took most of my life. Now I’m at a point where I’m more “functional” as a human being and privileged enough to be able to do more than just to survive from one day to another.
Through my work I’m trying to figure out what role I can give to my past-psychotic, terrifying mind-bending life experiences. How much power did they have over me in the past? Where can I place them now? Can I dress them up with some funky, fluffy things? Can I paint their eyes without them hurting me? Can I make them laugh, can I befriend them and embrace them, so we can party all night? All of us having fun, is that cool?
The WAITING ROOM installation lasts until the 16th of July.
Late BLOOMER will say goodbye on the 1th of August.
I welcome you, whoever you are. Come and meet my old friends 😘
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MYMAJO (she/they) – Constantly growing and kindly glowing pink epiphany. Visual artist based in Copenhagen. Works with ceramics, illustration, prints, digital manipulations, installations and from time to time with animation. Their future plans including making carpets, masks, jewellery, costumes and everything else that’s fun.
You can find them on instagram: @ohmymajo and @mymajo
and on tumbrl: https://ohmymajo.tumblr.com/

A SOLO SHOW BY JOSE OSORIO

Brushstrokes that charge, caress and impact. A galloping of shadows on red corners. Movements that touch us like fertile impulses of rain.
Manifestations of city and moss, spilling themselves with the vertigo of an artist’s desire, while a tango plays in the background.
Returning to Copenhagen for a 2nd solo exhibition with Red Door Gallery, the Colombian/American artist and squatter of the Lower East Side of New York, Jose Osorio, brings a new series of paintings, created during the lockdown, as a reflection on the passing of time, and the open wounds that remain unhealed and unfilled through lifetimes in wait, in displacement, weathering war, hopelessness and disenchantment.
The opening takes place on June 18, from kl.16 to kl.20 and the artist will be present.
Free event.
Welcome drinks will be provided.
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The exhibition is on display until June 24th and available for viewing by appointment only. Book your time by writing: reddoorcph@gmail.com

PASTORAL COLLATERAL – A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ALAN RANKLE

Currently on exhibit at Red Door Gallery, a selection of 15 works by British painter Alan Rankle, whose art explores social and environmental issues, encouraging moments of pensive appreciation towards nature through his landscape paintings.

Pastoral Collateral is an exhibition of original work by the artist, including his latest piece, Untitled-Rørvig (front page) made in 2022.
“I wanted to relate ideas about historical, idealised, pastoral landscape in art to the grim reality of the environmental crisis that we are in, which isn’t just
an environmental crisis anymore, it’s a totally impregnated social and political crisis heading towards disaster.”
The exhibition is available for viewing by appointment only, by writing to reddoorcph@gmail.com

THE TROUBLE WITH HAPPINESS

American writer Michael Favala Goldman will read from his own poetry, and his new translations of Tove Ditlevsen’s poetry.
May 14 2022 at Red Door Gallery
American writer Michael Favala Goldman will read from his new translations and poems, including the just-released collection of Tove Ditlevsen’s short stories, The Trouble with Happiness and the New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021, The Copenhagen Trilogy, also by Ditlevsen.
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EXHIBITION:
At kl.16 we invite you for a welcome drink, in celebration of the simultaneous exhibition of Alan Rankle’s solo show “Pastoral Collateral”.
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BIO:
Michael Favala Goldman is a translator of Danish literature, an award-winning poet, educator, and jazz clarinetist. Over 130 of Michael’s translations and poems have appeared in periodicals such as The Harvard Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The New Yorker. He has translated 17 books of Danish poetry and prose, including Dependency, book three of The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen. His third book of poetry, Small Sovereign was awarded a Best Poetry Book of 2021. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, where he has been running bi-monthly poetry critique groups since 2018. https://michaelfavalagoldman.com/
About The Trouble with Happiness:
“This quiet and devastating collection of vignettes from Ditlevsen . . . [reveals] all the simmering, explosive tensions found in marriage, family, and parenthood . . . The stories are simple; the characters ordinary and immensely human. Their motivations are mysterious and subtle, and Ditlevsen is acutely sensitive to the way normal life can wear at their hearts . . . Alongside this discomfort, though, is the opportunity for deep transformation. Already renowned for her memoirs, Ditlevsen is now poised to win acclaim as a master of short fiction.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
About The Copenhagen Trilogy:
‘To get it out of the way: they are the best books I have read this year’ – John Self, New Statesman
‘Intense, elegant….Some of the most potent writing about addiction, rehab and relapse I’ve ever read…’ – Lucy Scholes, The Daily Telegraph
“an absolute tour de force”. – The Paris Review
‘To get it out of the way: they are the best books I have read this year’ – John Self, New Statesman
‘Intense, elegant….Some of the most potent writing about addiction, rehab and relapse I’ve ever read…’ – Lucy Scholes, The Daily Telegraph
“an absolute tour de force”. – The Paris Review
FREE EVENT
Get your tickets on Eventbrite!

ABOUT THE GALLERY:

Red Door Gallery is located at Møllegade 23 a kld, 2200 N, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Founded in 2009, Red Door is an Arts & Culture quarterly magazine, and a physical gallery in Nørrebro / pop-up events in Scandinavia.
Podcasts, publications, shows and events throughout the year on website:
reddoormagazine.com

Udstilling: Under brostenene findes paradis

Af Zarko Ivetic
18. Marts 2022
Fernisering:
I samarbejde med Red Door Gallery og Nørrebro Lokaludvalg, holder jeg en lille udstilling om livet omkring Nørrebro Station.
“Under brostenene findes paradis”
Nørrebro Station har i årtier været udskældt for at være et usikkert sted at færdes og noget man bare helst hurtigt skulle passere.
Subsistensløse bænkevarmere, Roma gør-et-kup-brosten-marked og en mangfoldighed som kan skræmme de flest folk der ikke kender Nørrebro.
Men alt dette er noget, som jeg synes enhver storby fortjener – og Nørrebro Station emmer netop af at være en del af en metropol. Med dens høje placering og smukke interiør, tangere den til at være byens smukkeste “newyorker” station.
Derfor har jeg næsten hver mandag i et år, stået trofast med mit kamera og dokumenteret livet omkring stationen. Jeg har valgt at give mine billeder et strejf af magisk realisme, da jeg ønsker at vise hvordan jeg ser stedet – nemlig magisk!

WONG’S LITTLE PALACE

 

February 11, 2022
Tegninger af Nikolaj Jacobsen.
Engang var der en fyr som nikkede mig en 10-15 skaller på Wong’s Little Palace. Og engang gik jeg forkert og pissede i vasken i køkkenet, og så smed Wong mig ud. Det kommer alt sammen tilbage nu.
Fernisering:
Fredag d. 11.02.22. kl. 16.00-20.00.
Åbningstider:
Mandag og Tirsdag kl. 12.00-16.00.
Onsdag og torsdag kl. 12.00-17.00.
Lørdag kl. 13.00-16.00.
Udstillingen er åben fra Fredag d. 11.02.22 – lørdag d. 05.03.22.
Nikolaj Jacobsen. KBH. 1971.
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AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST?

Art Exhibition by Discarded.
December 04, 2021 – Jan 08, 2022
Red Door Gallery, Copenhagen
Red Door is honoured to invite you to Discarded’s show “And the weak suffer what they must?” taking place this December 4th.
The exhibition aims to capture the massive social transformation in Greece that has arisen from the recent economic environment. Changes have become particularly visible in the streets of Athens where the crisis has taken its toll on the population. Invisibility, waiting and numbness, lost hope, class contrast and the changing urban environment are central themes.
The artist, Discarded, creates laser etching pieces on cardboard based on her photography and documentation which inspires the series.
Being half Greek, much of the exhibition’s inspiration and raw material comes from visits to Athens.
The exhibition raises questions about future generations: asking not only where Greek society, but humankind as a whole is
heading and which ideals we want to guide the decisions that will shape this future.
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Opening December 4th from kl.16 until kl.20
The exhibition will be on view until the 8th of January at Red Door:
Møllegade 23a kld, 2200 KBH N, DK
Appetizers and welcome drinks will be available for earlybirds.
Please bring your masks.
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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:

 

3324 Performance + Exhibition by Andreea Vlad

“Take a mirror, sit down in front of it and at midnight you will see your true self.”
-Romanian Tradition*.

Performance: March 25, 2021 for 24 hours

Exhibition: March 26-30th, 2021

Red Door is pleased to invite you to the performative exhibition by visual artist Andreea Vlad “3324”, a representation of a capsule in time belonging to a vast self-exploration, where self-portraiture as daily practice allows for the awareness of interior reality, psychological and emotional layers beneath the physical appearance.

On the occasion of her 33rd birthday, the artist will employ drawing as a method of self-discovery through an intense 24hr ritual of repetitive self-portrait creations and polaroids, pulling the unconscious to the surface to summon all her presences to appear on the paper.

“3324 is a visual representation of every hour of my 33rd birthday. The result is a series of 24 drawings exploring the physical and psychological appearance of my face accompanied by 24 photographs, to register the state of my emotional presence after each drawing.”
– Andreea Vlad.

In accommodating the gallery space to the current restrictions, the performance will take place within Red Door throughout 24 consecutive hours, with the windows of the gallery allowing for observation of the event from the outside of the space, connecting with the artist through the mirrors and reflections, turning the space into an incubator where the birthing of creative expressions occur.

Once the performance is over, from the 26th to the 30th of March, the gallery will open its doors to the viewing of this year’s exhibition, as well as of 3224, last year’s version of this same artistic concept.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Andreea Vlad is a visual artist who works with a multidisciplinary approach and an emphasis in portraiture, combining a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, and a dramatical use of lighting, going from fast gestural sketches to labor-intensive large-scale drawings.

http://www.andreeavlad.com

 

*An old Romanian tradition says that on the night of the 24th of March, on Annunciation’s Eve at midnight, girls who had been fasting would kneel naked and dishevelled in a dark room, between two mirrors, holding a lit candle in each hand. Staring intensely in the mirror in front of her, the girl would see scenes from her future over her shoulder, reflected in the mirror behind her. Induced by a trance from a lack of sleep and repetitive actions, the mind takes over and the mirror offers images from present, to past, and into the future.
** Annunciation’s Day is celebrated by Christian tradition on the 25th of March as the day of the announcement by Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus.

EXHIBITION + PERFORMANCE AT RED DOOR – SPECIFICS:
Starting time: 24.03.2021 23.59
Duration: 24 hrs
Location: Red Door, Møllegade 23a kld, Nørrebro
24 drawn self-portraits in various techniques, 1 every hour, and 1 polaroid per hr.
Key concepts: Drawing as self-inquiry. As exploration. As prayer. As exorcism. As ritual. As play.

http://www.reddoormagazine.com


DARK AGES
Red Door pop-up show, July 12 – 13, 2019

Thorsgade 89, Nørrebro

Red Door is honored to welcome Kirsten Reynolds‘ show DARK AGES to Copenhagen, on the weekend of July 12-13, as a pop-up exhibition. Kirsten’s art is featured on the cover of our most recent publication of RED DOOR MAGAZINE, issue #20, THE FUTURE:
www.reddoormagazine.com

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Kirsten Reynolds is an English artist whose current work uses photography, painting, printmaking and sound / light installation to re-interpret classical themes relating to landscape, nature and the environment. Preferring to work off the beaten track, Reynolds chooses significant locations to make nocturnal light drawings that capture dynamic traces of the artist’s movements in response to each specific landscape.

Whilst this technique has been much used over the years in science and the arts, Reynolds has developed a unique approach and her background in music and sound art makes her intuitive physical response to the chosen location both compelling and powerful.

ABOUT THE EVENT:
DARK AGES is an exhibition that connects the latest creations by Reynolds to a previous exhibition under the same name exhibited in London.
The event will take place in Nørrebro and welcome drinks will be served. It’s free for all to come and join us, and there’ll be a bar accepting cash and mobilepay. If you’d like to learn more about the artist, please visit:

www.kirstenreynolds.co.uk
instagram: @reynolds_art
fb: Kirsten Reynolds
twitter: @Reynolds_Art



The Visitor

(El Visitante)
Red Door pop-up show, April 13, 2019

The Artist’s Studio – Colombia, 2018
Brushstrokes that charge, caress and impact. A galloping of shadows on red corners. Movements that touch us like fertile impulses of rain.
Manifestations of city and moss, spilling themselves with the vertigo of an artist’s desire, while a tango plays in the background. But that’s my interpretation.
What do you see in the art of Jose Osorio?
Stories sometimes interlace themselves through decades, all in the name of art. These passions, these visions, are the fruit of the cosmos that sustain us and lead us towards paths never imagined.
I know of a man whose work coils up and twirls like women’s figures, but still also feels like archives of the mind we only peek through.
He comes from the surrealist land of cloud-covered mountains and coffee that some of you only recall because of its ravaging and interminable social conflict, Colombia.
I, too, come from this land, but we know one another from a different reality.
You see, this man can tell you the stories of New York that the city itself now begins to forget; of the endless nights of winter in the squatted buildings of the Lower East Side. He can tell you of the camaraderie that consumed us all and filled our days with poetry, absinthe, tobacco and bohemia. Through decades of this existence, Jose Osorio dedicated himself to pouring his visions on the canvas. Charcoal, oil, watercolor and pastel as his main instruments.

This man will tell you he’s got nothing to teach you, because that’s not his purpose.

Instead, he will welcomingly show you the result of his efforts. The conversations with the canvas. The precise miscalculations and dances of lovers, as interpreted in his paintings.
I do not want to write much more about him, because art is not to be explained, but witnessed. Testified. Experienced. And so, my only way to truly share with you the admiration and delight that connects me to his work, as well as the comradeship that unites us through continents, is to invite him here, to Copenhagen…
and to invite you to be a part of this encounter
Shall we?
Elizabeth Torres
Red Door Gallery & Magazine
Save the date: April 13, 2019, kl.14 – 21
(open to the public, free event)
Red Door pop-up exhibition
click here for the facebook event
Location: Thorsgade 89, Nørrebro, KBH kl.14 – 21
Welcome drinks will be served to the early birds.
Bar will accept cash and mobilepay.
Live performance of Icelandic Blues by musician ET Tumason,
to complete an excellent evening.

Studio visit, Colombia 2018

EVENTS