An exhibition spanning more than a decade, respectively;

showcasing practices that spur a baroque sensibility and

exemplify mergings of language/body across haptic and temporal space.


group SHOW     06.06. - 10.08.2019

Kristina BENGTSSON    Chiara BUGATTI    Søren ENGSTED

Daniel LERGON    Henning LUNDKVIST    Duncan PARÉ    Fredrik TYDÉN

from the private collection



* A YOUTH PLAYING HORSEY ON A TORTOISE  lends its title from a bronze exhibited in 1921

by Danish sculptor, Helen DOHLMANN (1870-1942)

several years ago, whilst on a regular jaunt through local cemeteries, I stumbled

upon a gravesite that whispered a rather lavish depiction of lament;

the sarcophagus stands in modest contrast to the typical understatement and reserve

of most Protestant gravemarkers in Scandinavia …

extending from an encompassing overgrowth of ivy ...

who was this person, this Helen DOHLMANN placed here to rest?…

Google had some answers, though not many …

mention of her life as sculptor, who’d exhibited a work titled ‘Sorg’ (re. sorrow; grief)

in Paris, Munich and Copenhagen at the turn of last century,

allowed me to chance that her tombstone stood also as depiction of her work…

a hurried online search for further examples led to the title of a bronze,

after which this show borrows its own.

A boy playing with horses on a turtle’s back?…

A boy riding cowboy on a turtle?…


poetic-processing of translation in this foreigner's mind-eye-ear

grappled to construct an image of what her title revealed; I wanted it paired

with her manner of giving form … regardless of the symbolism it manages to bear.

I was unable to find a depiction.

resulting frustration led to some considerations, and in this era of

meta-this and meta-that, can we not have a chat about baroque sensibility?

I see these works heralding an immutable vulnerability; examples that

process time-made-tactile, paying homage to the body-as-instrument passing through.

to quote a sentence from her recent opinion printed in Frieze and

reviewing several publications that might equally be applied to the matter,

Emily Labarge writes, “Predilections are personal”.

therefore, and admittedly in part spurred by a collector recently noting

(with what I can only assume was positive regard);

the minimalist heedfulness of my way …

Surdez ApS is pleased to share this exhibition through August 10th.

… and still, whenever I sign off as such,

I can’t help wondering whether the recipient can also hear it

whispered in their mind’s ear?