Jacob Dahlstrup, Spacechimp 3, 2013
Graphite on ceramic clay, 29 x 21 x 23 cm
Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly presents the exhibition ”Cosmographicum” featuring new works on paper and ceramic sculptures by Jacob Dahlstrup (b. 1985).
The works come to life in a unique intersection between the fascination of outer space, ”cosmos” and the concept of drawing or mapping ”graphicum”. In motifs as well as scale the works represents a wide range of expressions, from small intensely detailed studies of the surface of the moon to grand dramatic celestial explosions. The interest in cosmos has also been featured in Dahlstrups earlier works where e.g. Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler has been the centre of attention. With this exhibition the artist aimes his spotlight at the space adventures of modern times with imaginative narrative references to the well know images of e.g. the moon landing and the entire Apollo space program.
The materiality of the works also play a central role in Dahlstrups narratives. Here the paper does not solely serve as a practical base for the drawings but is carefully treated to give an impression of depth and texture. Through an intense application of graphite and red chalk –also called Sanguine- onto the surface Dahlstrup creates a deep dark surface from which he then digs out the lighter nuances from the paper’s fibres using sand paper, grinding tools and even tattoo needles.
With a linguistic greeting in the exhibition title to Johannes Kepler’s publication on the mystries of the univers entitled “Mysterium Cosmographicum” Dahlstrup invites us on a journey in time and space in the grand company of both astronauts, nuns, shining celestial bodies and monkeys.
Jacob Dahlstrup (b. 1985) lives and works in Copenhagen, Danmark. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and has already exhibit his works in USA, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany etc. Furthermore Dahlstrups works are included in The Davis Museum, Massachusetts, US and CCA Andratx Collection, Mallorca, Spain.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites you to the opening of the show "Cosmographicum" on Friday May 17th from 4pm – 7pm and Afterparty in the gallery with music, Pizza and Beer from 7pm - 9pm. At the reception Jacob Dahlstrup will be present.