Looking at me looking at you
We can finally invite you to Arden Asbæk Gallery’s first PLATFORM exhibition Looking at me looking at you with Caroline H. Thon, Josefine Winding and Luna Scales. Through painting, sculpture and video, the three artists explore themes such as body image as well as the biases and expectations linked to our own and others’ bodies.
Looking at me looking at you brings the viewer into focus through three intimate and challenging projects. These projects zero in on not only the body and the depiction of the body, but also on how we experience and involve ourselves in images that demand our participation in both their concept and form.
Caroline H. Thon’s series Manscapes presents a depiction of the male body not often seen in neither art history nor in popular culture. As American essayist Siri Hustvedt writes: “The history of art is full of women lying around naked for erotic consumption by men”, but on these oil paintings, men lie sprawled out as a soft and naked landscapes on the large raw canvases, seemingly undisturbed by the viewer’s gaze. The works are equally humoristic as they are erotic in their way of confronting us with the immediate ambivalence of what could be considered “the new female gaze”, where the objectified becomes the objectifier.
In the video installation Physical Status Report, Luna Scales confronts us with the gap between what we are seeing and what we think we are seeing. The backdrop is a rich black color and a stark contrast to Scales’ naked and marble-like skin. In this way, Scales knowingly uses references to classical art history as well as to intersectional feminism of the 21st century. The video examines the inherent power of the language that is used to both describe and review the body; a language that is institutionalized by public authorities through assessment reports and medical journals. Scales aims to criticize a use of words that can affect our view and understanding of both others and ourselves by creating a universal narrative based on her own story.
At first glance Josefine Winding’s concrete sculptures appear as the diametrical opposites to both Thon’s and Scales’ soft and fleshly universes. But these geometrical sculptures, in various sizes and shapes, stand as their own landscape that both casts shadows and lets light break through, appearing equally voluminous and airy. Some of the sculptures appear almost anthropomorph, and Winding explains how their creation is much like giving shape to a body with all its curves and cavities. Winding works intuitively with finding balance in the asymmetrical, making the works appear both crooked, unusual and interfering as well as simplistic, honest and harmonious.
Caroline H. Thon is a Danish visual artist, whose primary medium is oil painting. Recently, Thon has started working with muralism and has presented large scale works in both Chile and Denmark. She has exhibited in Valparaíso, La Unión, Shanghai, Berlin, Aalborg and Copenhagen. Along her artistic practice, Thon has studied both biology and art history and has a professional background within the museum industry, where she has worked with research, curation and production.
Luna Scales is a Danish video artist, who attended the Funen Art Academy (2013-2017) and recently graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2017-2020). In 2018, Scales won the KE-prize at the Danish Artists’ Autumn Exhibition and has since then exhibited in both Denmark and Sweden, including at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.
Josefine Winding is a Danish sculptor, who has attended Kunstskolen Spektrum. Winding creates three-dimensional and non-figurative works meant to be seen from all angles. The works, which are both geometrical and organic, can be anywhere between fifteen and two-hundred centimeters tall, and their tactility is due to the grainy putty applied by hand on their surface. Josefine Winding has exhibited numerous times and was in 2019 nominated as Arts and Craftsman of the Year at Design Awards.