press release

It is a great pleasure to present an exhibition with new paintings and photo-works by Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen.

Many of the works from the exhibition are influenced by Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen's experience of living in the area Syd Havnen in Copenhagen. Home of the artist himself, Syd Havnen functions as a sort of Copenhagen terrain vague, an area ill defined that has sprawled by itself in-between more established settlements. Originally an old landfill, it has collected different people having trouble being absorbed into the city and it has of course attracted its share of bohemians and free-spirits.

A life on the brink of society is a life free from rules and strictures. As the artist puts it, freedom understood as flapping your arms in a small porcelain shop, and subsequently, one would imagine, spreading shards and fragments all around. This feeling of freedom is reflected in the baroque and often chaotic humour that lies as a constant current in his work. Hierarchies are broken down in a constant stream of irony and subverted meanings as Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen challenges the values of our society.

Perhaps even more so freedom can also be understood as an aesthetic maxim; Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen consciously uses all the conventions of art and image making and then rejects them. Thus, there is no single influence in his work but a pluralism of different elements; 1960s hippie iconography, which is then mixed with painterly techniques including dripping and sketching. Various images are combined to contradictory effect. Especially evident in his photo-works where fragments, both own and found, are fused together in a way that forces a new narrative.

Resembling a recipe for total creative chaos, there seem to be no rules to dictate how Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen's works are made. They simply grow by a free will of their own. Even so the images has a brash directness that stems from his expressive arrangement of colour and form. One is never in doubt that the works have meaning, it just to find it in between the pieces. Claus Robenhagen September 2004 Pressetext

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Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen