Art Basel Online Viewing Room

June 17 - 26 | 2020

For Art Basel’s Online Viewing Room, Galleri Nicolai Wallner has focused this presentation on the works of Alexander Tovborg, David Shrigley, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Jose Dávila and Julie Lænkholm.

Our presentation centres itself around the idea of connection. Through portraiture, reflective and playful materials, shared narratives and the idea of suspense, the chosen artworks carefully and poetically create moments through which we are given the space to explore our sense of self.

 

Photo: Petra Kleis

 

Julie Lænkholm (b. 1985, Denmark)’s practice has its roots in the ideas and the methods centred around collective learning. Exploring techniques and practices which have been traditionally been passed down orally from generation to generation, Lænkholm activates a predominantly female-driven history which has been forgotten or otherwise actively ignored. As such, she brings these narratives directly back into focus and places them within a contemporary discourse. Lænkholm’s works are often textile in nature. Using materials such as wool, silk and denim, she treats them with natural, plant-based dyes using historic methods, each of which hold a certain significance and intentionality.

 

 

Her latest series has been dyed with indigo, the process of which has been left visible and open to us, almost echoing water patterns and formations. The specificity and the technical backdrop comes through to create a very tactile, three-dimensional feeling that emanates from the work, unlocking a kind of atmospheric presence that can be readily sensed.

 

Julie Lænkholm
Untitled (5) (2020)
Cotton, wool and yamato dye on silk
200 x 120 cm | 78.7 x 47.2 in
USD 19.000,- excl. VAT
USD 19.950,- incl. VAT

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Julie Lænkholm
Untitled (3) (2020)
Cotton, wool and yamato dye on silk
200 x 120 cm | 78.7 x 47.2 in
USD 19.000,- excl. VAT
USD 19.950,- incl. VAT

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Photo: Levon Biss

 

David Shrigley OBE (b. 1968, UK) plays with humour and honesty, working primarily with drawing, as well as sculpture, installation and animation. Through his now iconic style which combines text and figurative imagery, the works are chaotic and colourful. Their appearance reveals a rigorous practice through which the banality of everyday life is explored, as Shrigley looks at our fears and hopes, our insecurities, emotional traumas, ups and downs, and the other things that make up our mundane realities.

 

 

David Shrigley’s large-scale drawings create a “larger than life” feeling, immersing us in his world, amplifying and mirroring the feelings his works evoke in us. Both poignant and sarcastic, these drawings succinctly remind us of what brings us all together and what makes us all human.

 

David Shrigley
Untitled (It’s OK) (2015)
Acrylic on paper
126.5 x 92.6 cm | 49.8 x 36.5 in
Unique
USD 13.000,- excl. VAT
USD 13.650,- incl. VAT

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David Shrigley
Untitled (Sign) (2015)
Acrylic on paper
126.5 x 92.6 cm | 49.8 x 36.5 in
Unique
USD 13.000,- excl. VAT
USD 13.650,- incl. VAT

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David Shrigley
Untitled (Left Right) (2015)
Acrylic on paper
126.5 x 92.6 cm | 49.8 x 36.5 in
Unique
USD 13.000,- excl. VAT
USD 13.650,- incl. VAT

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Photo: Hendrik Hähner

 

Jeppe Hein (b. 1974, Denmark) bases much of his practice on the relationships that exist between our internal consciousness and more physical elements. Using minimal yet elegant materials that often reflect our own image, as well as forms that playfully encourage us to move our bodies and to change positions, Jeppe Hein creates an interactive and constantly changing dialogue between the spectator, the work, and the exhibition space that surrounds it.

 

 

Jeppe Hein’s practice is centred around the connection between the physical and the emotional, how we move, think and feel within a space. The “Mirror Balloon” series playfully explores these ideas, creating an illusion of reality, as we wonder whether it will fly off any minute.

 

Jeppe Hein
One Wish for You (coral blue I) (2020)
Glass fibre reinforced plastic, chrome lacquer, magnet, string (white smoke)
40 x 26 x 26 cm | 15.7 x 10.2 x 10.2 in
Edition of 3 (+2 AP)
USD 24.000,- excl. VAT
USD 25.680,- incl. VAT

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Jeppe Hein
One Wish for You (dark may green) (2020)
Glass fibre reinforced plastic, chrome lacquer, magnet, string (white smoke)
40 x 26 x 26 cm | 15.7 x 10.2 x 10.2 in
Edition of 3 (+2 AP)
USD 24.000,- excl. VAT
USD 25.680,- incl. VAT

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Neon text is placed in a box of two-way mirror, creating a juxtaposition between your reflection and the given phrase. Both intimate and direct, the work creates a moment of contemplation and thoughtfulness, as you can’t help but wonder what the phrase means for you.

 

Jeppe Hein
You Are Enough (Handwritten) (2020)
Powder-coated aluminium, neon tubes, two-way mirror, powder-coated steel, transformers
100 x 100 x 10 cm | 39.4 x 39.4 x 3.9 in
Edition of 3 (+2 AP)
USD 45.000,- excl. VAT
USD 48.150,- incl. VAT

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Two wave like forms intersect each other, creating a labyrinth structure that you can move in and out of. A kaleidoscope of reflections reveal something new and unexpected with each twist and turn, elegantly echoing the environment and the people that surround the work.

 

Jeppe Hein
Double Sine Curve (2016)
High-polished stainless steel, aluminium
222 x 398 x 212 cm | 87.4 x 157 x 83.4 in
Edition of 3 (+2 AP)
USD 240.000,- excl. VAT
USD 256.800,- incl. VAT

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Photo: Galleri Nicolai Wallner

 

Contradictory feelings of weight, tension and levity run throughout the works of Jose Dávlia (b. 1974, Mexico). Making use of materials in a way that pushes the limits of our perception, he pairs incongruent elements that cause us to re-examine the ways in which we understand what is at hand. Unexpected elements are brought into our focus and the result is an elegant balancing act which feels almost atmospheric, drawing us in as we wait to see if things will stand or fall.

 

 

Joint Effort plays with this idea of tension and suspense. The work is composed of two large marble slabs balanced and held together by ratchet straps. Leaning away from each other, their weights create a counterbalance, holding them both in place. Another piece of marble is placed on the ground, filling the gap between them. The continuity of the marble creates the illusion of a singular object, yet the ratchet straps expose the work’s precarious nature.

 

Jose Dávila
Joint Effort (VII) (2017)
Perola Negra Granite and ratchet straps
207 x 175.5 x 90 cm | 80.5 x 69 x 36 in
Unique
USD 70.000,- excl. VAT
USD 73.500,- incl. VAT

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This series explores the balance of power, as main figures of iconic artworks are physically cut out, leaving their surroundings intact. Dávila has removed the brushstrokes from a to-scale photographic copy of an iconic Roy Lichtenstein work. With artists such as Lichtenstein, the idea of appropriation adds another layer. Lichtenstein was known for using comic strips and materials already in circulation, giving them his own twist and presenting it in an unforeseen and, at the time, radical context.

 

Jose Dávila
Untitled (Little Big Painting) (2016)
Cutout, archival pigment print
105 x 175 cm | 59 x 69 in
Edition of 4 (+1 AP)
USD 45.000,- excl. VAT
USD 47.250,- incl. VAT

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Jose Dávila
Untitled (Yellow Brushstroke II) (2017)
Cutout, archival pigment print
104 x 288.5 cm | 40.9 x 113.5 in
Edition of 4 (+1 AP)
USD 40.000,- excl. VAT
USD 42.000,- incl. VAT

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Photo: Elmar Vestner

 

Elmgreen & Dragset (collaborating since 1995) often take as their start point the blurred line that divides our public and private personas. Investigating how we shift, perform and build our identities depending on these varying contexts, the duo cleverly unpack intimate subjects such as gender, sexuality, relationships, the balance of power and the hierarchy of social constructs and administrative systems.

 

Continuing Elmgreen & Dragset’s exploration of powerless structures and public space, the work takes on a conventional road sign, making it reflective and message-less, removing its authoritarian function. Its mirrored surface asks us to reflect upon its role in our lives. The piece asks us to look inwards to draw on our own views and values, as opposed to a dominant social code, when making a moral or ethical judgement. 

 

Elmgreen & Dragset
Adaptation, Fig. TBC (2020)
Stainless steel
270 x 45 x 40 cm | 106.3 x 17.8 x 16 in
Unique
USD 67.000,- excl. VAT
USD 70.350,- incl. VAT

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Photo: Nicky Bonne

 

Alexander Tovborg (b. 1983, Denmark) takes as his starting point history, mythology, religion, as well as written and oral narratives, Tovborg draws on the stories that have come before us in order to explore and re-contextualise classical archetypes. In looking at the ways through which we have built our narratives in the past, he proposes a new reading of our current social and political situation, examining who we are and where we find ourselves today.

 

 

Tovborg’s latest paintings feature portraits his wife, who is pregnant. There is an inherent feeling of intimacy and of focused energy in the works. His wife is unknown to us however her presence bring out memories and experiences within us, each unique to us. She becomes a placeholder, a figure or symbol through which we see others, giving her a narrative and history that is not hers, but rather our own.

 

Alexander Tovborg
cæcilie gravid (III) (2020)
Acrylic on bed linen
100 x 50 cm | 39.4 x 19.7 in
USD 14.000,- excl. VAT
USD 14.700,- incl. VAT

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Alexander Tovborg
cæcilie gravid (II) (2020)
Acrylic on bed linen
66 x 44 cm | 27 x 17.3 in
USD 10.000,- excl. VAT
USD 10.500,- incl. VAT

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