Christian Andersson and Alexander Gutke, both based in Malmö, are colleagues, peers, and friends. Their respective practices, though distinct, draw them into dialogues and exchanges. Including newly produced and older works, the exhibition at Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm can be viewed as a curated presentation of these dialogues and exchanges.
Andersson observes phenomena and often employs sleight of hand to challenge our understanding of such fundamental concepts as time, space, truth and knowledge. Delving into history, archaeology and the concept of the archive he shows a group of works that re-evaluate the past and our knowledge of, and access to it.
Alexander Gutke engages in issues of self-reflexivity, illusionism, narrative and cinema. In his investigation of devices such as cameras and slide projectors, his medium becomes both means and end in a paradoxical loop. Here he confronts and stretches our preconceptions of representation and authenticity using the principals and techniques of photography and projection in a way that suggests factuality but can be obscure and sometimes arbitrary.
Together the works in the exhibition inform one another around themes of time and space, light and perception and futile attempts at preservation and archiving history.
Christian Andersson recently had a solo presentation at the Brodbeck Foundation, Italy and has a major solo exhibition upcoming at Moderna Museet, Malmö (January 2011). This is his fourth exhibition at Galerie Nordenhake. Participation in other exhibitions includes CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale (2009), Malmö Konstmuseum (2008), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Art Unlimited, Basel, Modernautställningen på Moderna Museet, (2006), Rooseum, Malmö (2005).
Alexander Gutke is participating in upcoming shows including Modernautställningen at Moderna Museet and Under Destruction, curated by Chris Sharp and Gianni Jetzer, Museum Tinguely, Basel (October). The exhibition will travel to the Swiss Institute, New York (2011). Former exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008), Marabouparken, Stockholm (2007), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (2004), Malmö konstmuseum (2003).