Artist: Benedikte Bjerre
Exhibition title: YOMP
Venue: SALOON, Brussels, Belgium
Date: March 10 – 25, 2018
Photography: Lola Pertsowsky, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and SALOON
SALOON is delighted to present Yomp, a solo show by Danish artist Benedikte Bjerre (°1987).
Benedikte Bjerre uses social as well as socio-economical phenomena and developments as the starting point for her installations and sculptural works. Concepts that shape our vision of the world, like distribution, consumption and desire, form the base of her playful but likewise serious works. With objects and everyday materials, she examines and mirrors our Zeitgeist turning more and more towards consume and alienating social conditions.
Yomp is an installation functioning as a mise-en-scène. It transforms the space into an architecture transporting our goods and commodities. The soft Rimowa suitcases, referring to the strong and high-end travel commodities, act both as foamy props as well as languorous personages. Traces in the print and on the canvas reflect a personal story, while they lie on cheap Ikea bedframes – representatives of mass produced, almost ‘downloadable objects’ that can be bought in every Ikea store around the globe. Those quasi ready mades are used as artist material like drawing-paper or plaster: easy to find, easy to use and allowing the artist to act locally. The installation reflects on contemporary concepts like the movement of goods and people causing a feeling of the acceleration of time, the rhythm of production, an ongoing exchange of information and today’s nomadism.
Benedikte Bjerre lives and works in Kopenhagen and Amsterdam. She studied at the Royal Academy Kopenhagen and Städelschule Frankfurt (Meisterschüler Prof. Fischli). Her works have been showed in solo and group exhibitions including ‘Wake-on-Ring’, Sheridan, New York; ‘Point of Sale’, Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen; ‘Trickortreater’, Lullin+Ferrari, Zürich; ‘Plant B’, Komplot at Parc de la Fonderie, Brussels; ‘PRIMARY STRUCTURES – 1966 bis zur Gegenwart’, MMK2 – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and ‘The Power Nap’, Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam.