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This Is not a Text: Solo Exhibition of Kaspar Bonnén

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Post date:2023-01-10

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This Is not a Text: Solo Exhibition of Kaspar Bonnén
Event Time
Wed. - Sun. 13:00 - 18:00
Event Location
No. 5, Lane 67, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
When we first see the paintings by the Danish artist Kaspar Bonnén, we quickly noticed the various dimensionality of spaces in his works. In his paintings, the lines and colors that constitute the spaces, figures and objects show us spaces that are both unrecognizable and recognizable at the same time. They are unrecognizable because the spaces are mostly places where the artist has lived, stayed, experienced and felt throughout his personal life. However, as we look at the paintings, we all find ourselves in spaces similar to those painted by the artist, experiencing certain emotions and feelings expressed in the works through our own private memories.

Kaspar Bonnén (b. 1968), graduating from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1999, currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Being a versatile multidisciplinary artist, Bonnén’s creative practice encompasses various art forms, including painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, novel and poetry. His works focus extensively on the experience and memories of his childhood and private life, excavating the emotions and feelings therein. In the paintings, the artist often depicts spaces of personal significance in highly expressive ways, exploring the complicated feelings and emotions he once felt when he was in those spaces. In some of his works, the artist also uses everyday objects in paintings or installations to create a reinterpretation of his childhood experiences and memories.

For his latest solo show This Is not a Text with Nunu Fine Art in Taipei, nine of Kaspar Bonnén’s latest “text-paintings” are exhibited. As Bonnén has been experimenting with texts in some of his works in other media, the nine “text-paintings” presented in the exhibition mark the culmination of his research, exploration, and experimentation on integrating texts into images of painting. The text and the image in each painting are carefully weighed, forming a tension that neither privileges the image nor the text, thus developing a balancing equilibrium that adds to the interpretive possibilities of the work, thus allowing the private and personal elements in the works to find resonance in the viewing public.

As an artist, Kaspar Bonnén is famous for his repeated exploration of “space” in his paintings. He has painted spaces of personal significance such as the living room, kitchen, bedroom, reading room and other house parts of his current and previous homes over and over again, returning on canvas to these memorable places and delving into the feelings and memories of spaces where he has lived and experienced throughout his life. For Bonnén, spaces of personal significance are vessels that contains the emotions and feelings he once had. They are the spatial embodiment of these memories and emotions.

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