Peter Holst Henckel & Svend-Allan Sørensen - "They Shoot Birds, Don't They!?"
27. September - 1. November 2008
Politics and human behavior are the main issues of the exhibition "They Shoot Birds, Don't They?" made by artists Peter Holst Henckel and Svend-Allan Sørensen and presented at SPECTA from September 27th. Using the bird as the somewhat innocent focus, the artists add a number of more sharp comments and investigate more serious problems in monochrome birds, photographies and lino cuts introducing an exhibition which is not at all about birds.
Svend-Allan Sørensen opens the different layers of meaning in words by playing with e.g. colours, "borrowed" fragments of text and names of different birds. The birds are held in a game of words, where Sørensen joke with their names, creating a kind of ambiguous image. Often the birds are named by referring to their special features like colour, size and habitat. They are grouped by these straight-forward characteristics, which would often be heard as insulting and discriminating when said about the human race: big, dwarf, yellow, red, black. At the same time, the bird is often used as a metaphor for freedom and lightness. Words, which at first seem inconsistent, Sørensen groups to create coherent representative plates, which are both alarming and humorous. When Svend-Allan Sørensen deliberately re-uses and further develops song titles and the meaning of different colours, he surprisingly makes optimistic become pessimistic and vice versa. In other words, there is only a very small difference between good and bad.
Likewise Peter Holst Henckel often uses the bird in his works. An example is his new piece "Explaining Friendly Fire to a Child", where he has matched warplanes with flying birds. Again the ambiguous balance between the aggressive mission of the planes and the innocence of the birds occurs. In his series "Explaining the World to a Child" Holst Henckel uses aesthetics and innocence as an opportunity to address and introduce more complex and in some cases unpleasant issues to his viewers.
The exhibition "They Shoot Birds, Don't They?" bring together two artists, who in their own way deal with the same issues: politcs, words and poetry. Both artists use humour and ambiguous interpretations to make a subtle stage for sharp and critical comments on the human race and the world we live in.
Peter Holst Henckel (b. 1966, DK) has done numerous exhibitions, latest the exhibition "Human Nature" at SPECTA, January 2008, and "This Way at the Museum for Photography Brandts in Odense, DK 2007/08. Peter Holst Henckel participates in the exhibition The Map is not the Territory at Esbjerg Museum of Art, opening on October 3rd. He is represented in several major musums and collections. During the past years Peter Holst Henckel has furthermore created a number of remarkable public works in The New Playhouse for the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, as well as in Trekroner (DK), Hadsund (DK), Copenhagen, Svendborg (DK), Taastrup (DK) and Aarhus (DK).
Svend-Allan Sørensen (b. 1975, DK) has since his graduation show "You can't have a Svend without an Allan" at the Funen Museum of Art in 2002, exhibited at a number of exhibition spaces, a.o. Overgaden, Copenhagen, IB Cube Gallery, Japan, and he participated in the Exhibition This Way at the Museum for Photographic Art Brandts in Odense, DK. Svend-Allan Sørensen is also participating in "The Map is not the Territory" at Esbjerg Musum of Art and at Mønstings Hus in October. In the spring of 2009 solo at the Vendsyssel Museum of Art (DK).