Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture

Wax, Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture

Copenhagen Gallery of Contemporary Art, GL Strand

5 February - 15 May 2011

The exhibition will bring together 16 rising and acknowledged contemporary artists who within the last decades all have contributed to the strategy of the wax sculptural praxis. The participating artist are: Vanessa Beecroft, Hilary Berseth, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Robert Gober, Emil Westman Hertz, John Isaacs, Oleg Kulik, Christian Lemmerz, Kirsten Ortwed, Anne Schneider, Gavin Turk, Brigitte Waldach and Andro Wekua.

Horror, humour, fear and fascination are all reactions which the works of wax in this exhibition induce. The sculptures reflect experiments with sensing, immediacy and dialogue. In the light of this new sensory praxis, the exhibition will, in a compelling and thought-provoking way, produce new experiences of wax as a sculptural material and media for depicting the important issues of our time.

The artworks in the exhibition are grouped according to their cognitive similarities. The themes are: Performing the Iconic, On the Edge of Being, Sensation in WAX, Body Horror, and the works are created within the last couple of decades, emphasizing the last 10 years. Four artworks are created specifically for the exhibition by Christian Lemmerz, Andro Wekua and Emil Westman Hertz. The wax artworks of the exhibitions have a varying expression, from superrealism, where the sculpture has a surprisingly lifelike presence, to the abstract and minimalistic, where the focal point is the immediate expression of the artwork in relation to the senses of the spectator. Common to all the works in the exhibition is a critical reflection on the historical genres, motifs and expressions of sculptural praxis.

Featuring Gavin Turk's 'Somebody's Son' (2007)