Summer in the City

Niels Bonde, Elina Brotherus, Jesper Carlsen, Nicolai Howalt, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Eva Koch, Martin Liebscher, Paul McDevitt, Sofie Bird Møller, Cornelius Quabeck, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Maria Rubinke, Matt Saunders, Lisa Strömbeck, Trine Søndergaard, Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Clare Woods, Peter Bonde, Lars Nørgård, Kristian Dahlgaard, Markus Oehlen, Helen Sear, Adam Jeppesen, Iván Navarro, Claudia Wieser, Peter Krauskopf, Leon Löwentraut.
Photography David Stjernholm

Martin Asbæk Gallery is proud to present the 13th version of the gallery’s annual group exhibition, “Summer in the City”, curated by Martin Asbæk and Frederikke West.

This year there is something quite special on the programme. Besides unique insights into the gallery’s profile and a stimulating presentation of brand new works from the gallery’s artists, we have invited four exciting international artists to come with their contributions to this year’s Summer in the City.

The first invited artist is Chilean Iván Navarro, who was awarded a BFA from Pontificia Universidad Católica in 1995. Navarro uses electric light as his primary medium in impressive, alluring sculptures and installations. With their use of neon tubes, his works are rich in both art-historical and social references. Although his use of light bulbs invites comparisons with minimalism, especially works by Dan Flavin, Navarro’s work is conceptually different. Navarro addresses among other things political themes such as the violence of the Chilean state.

The second artist is the Berlin-based Claudia Wieser, who is known for her modernist-inspired geometrical constructions inspired by Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, who embraced spirituality as an element in their aesthetic process.

German-born Peter Krauskopf is the third guest artist. Krauskopf works with a special technique which results in appealing. multifaceted sculptural paintings. First he prepares the various gradations of colour by mixing the paint repeatedly with a squeegee before quickly applying it to the canvas. This process creates sharp colour contrasts and at the same time soft transitions that almost give an impression of digital colour gradients. Finally titanium white and turpentine are applied to achieve metallic reflections in the surface.

Leon Löwentraut is the last of the four guest artists invited to this year’s summer group show. Löwentraut is a young German artist who began painting at a very early age. Löwentraut has just turned 21 and has already exhibited in New York, Basel, Hong Kong and many other places in the world.

Löwentraut has repeatedly been described as a “Wunderkind” and is the darling of the German media. In the spring of 2018, at the age of 21, Leon had his first show in New York when he exhibited at the gallery Edelman Arts. Leon Löwentraut paints hyper-expressionist Pop paintings and draws inspiration from great masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.