The viewer gets the sense of standing across from an abstraction without reference to any specific time. Deconstructed dream images, rooms, and memories merge. The relationship between photography and remembrance is an important drive for the artist, who has worked with memory as a form of shifted reality in her entire oeuvre. This is expressed through an exploration of the basics of photography. Using double exposure, backlight, chemical traces and the use of long shutter speed, Kruse Jensen generates, with strokes of light, traces of what has already passed, while simultaneously encapsulating traces of resonance. The title of the exhibition refers to the echo of reminiscences in the world: to sense the resonance of the past in the present.
The cyanotypes of the exhibition are an example of a photographic technique, where motives are developed by placing objects on paper prepared with light-sensitive emulsion, which is then exposed to sunlight. However, Astrid Kruse Jensen’s cyanotypes do not work with the imprint of the object, but instead with the imprint of its shadow. Thereby giving the abstract a concrete form – and at the same time connecting with both the starting point of photography, light, as well as the shadows of the past. The works appear as scenes of dreams, in rooms created with the desire for a life in balance. In the exhibition, Kruse Jensen also introduces a number of works on glass, where it is unclear, whether we are over or under the water surface.
The concept of resonance is also known from physics, where it describes two systems that go in oscillations with each other, in harmony. Astrid Kruse Jensen’s photographic works are an interpretation as well as an adaptation of this harmony.
Astrid Kruse Jensen (b. 1975) has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands and at the Glasgow School of Art. She has been nominated for several prizes, such as the Deutsche Börse Preis in 2014 and Anne Marie Telmányi’s prize for women artists in 2017. Kruse Jensen has had solo exhibitions in Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Iceland and India as well as several group exhibitions in Europe as well as The States, Canada and China. Kruse Jensen’s works are in several private and public collections, including at the George Eastman House, ARoS, The National Collection of Photography, Manchester City Gallery, Vestsjællands Kunstmuseum, Artotheque de Caen, the John Kobal Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation.