Mikkel Carl at Kunsthal NORD

026_Made in China

Artist: Mikkel Carl

Exhibition title:  We Are All Workers

Venue:  Kunsthal NORD, Alborg, Denmark

Date:  May 9 – June 21, 2015

Photography: Niels Fabaek, images courtesy of the artist and Kunsthal NORD

We have the great pleasure of welcoming you to Mikkel Carl’s first institutional solo show We Are All Workers. It’s a site-sensitive exhibition aimed directly at Nordkraft and Kunsthal NORD’s post-industrial architecture: existing doorways are blinded, large holes are broken through the newly built partition walls and the administration and storage area is expanded.

With these radical interventions Mikkel Carl is trying to give the audience the sense that nothing is what it used to be; suddenly they have gained access to new spaces – and then again. He is forcing us to experience the art institution in new ways visually, physically and mentally.

So, beside the apparent architectural transformations, the exhibition consist further of conceptual, individual pieces commenting on the notions of ‘work’ within and beyond the art institution: Large blobs of melted aluminium spread around on the stairs, a power drill stuck in the wall rotating around itself, one twisted EUR pallet, a spectacular wall of 322 mirrors and a local reinterpretation of the American artist Walter de Maria’s old text piece “Rome Eats Shit”.

Mikkel Carl is inspired by art theoretical and culture critical movements such as the historical avant- garde, the ‘60s neo-avant-garde, postmodern appropriation art and the´90s relational aesthetics, all of which tried to challenge the classical art institution and the existing concept of art.

The exhibition title WE ARE ALL WORKERS is written with large black letters on the facade of the enormous Kedelhallen in Nordkraft. Mikkel Carl has snatched the well known slogan from the Levi’s latest advertising campaign:

“By positioning the statement We Are All Workers in the middle of Nordkraft, I aim at the transformation from an industrial society to an information- and education culture that Aalborg is undergoing these years, and which this 30,000 m2 cultural centre is itself a significant expression of”.

Mikkel Carl (1979) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. Since then he has had solo exhibitions at Last Resort in Copenhagen and Annaellegallery in Stockholm and he has participated in numbers of group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. He has also received a number of travel and working grants and was in 2012 awarded by the National Arts Council for his exhibition ‘New Paintings Caught’ in the Headlights of Parking Cars in Ringsted Gallery. Mikkel Carl lives and works in Sorø.

The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, Det Obelske Familiefond and Spar Nord Fonden.

002_We Are All Workers_Niels Fabaek

003_We Are All Workers_Niels Fabaek

We Are All Workers, 2015

004_You can have the cake

005_You can have the cake

You can have the cake and eat it too, 2015 (detail)

006_You can have the cake

You can have the cake and eat it too, 2015

009_You can have the cake

010_You can have the cake

011_You can have the cake

012_You can have the cake

014_Installation view

015_Copenhagen Eats Shit

Copenhagen Eats Shit, 2014

016_Truism #6

Truism #6, 2015

018_installation view

019_Shortcuts

Shortcuts, 2015

020_Shortcuts

021_A thing is a hole

A thing is a hole in the thing it is not, 2015 (2012)

022_A thing is a hole

A thing is a hole in the thing it is not, 2015 (2012) (detail)

023_installation view

024_Made in China

(Made in China), 2009-2015

025_Made in China

027_What's wrong with this picture_Niels Fabaek

What’s wrong with this picture, 2015

028_Something is wrong with this picture

030_Good ideas are bad ideas

Good Ideas are Bad Ideas, 2015

031_Good ideas are bad ideas

032_Good ideas are bad ideas

034_A thing is a hole

A thing is a hole in the thing it is not, 2015 (2012)

035_Lacan is _not__Niels Fabaek

Lacan is ”not”, 2015 (2013)

036_Halo

037_installation view

038_Halo_Niels Fabaek

Halo, 2015 (2012)

039_Installation view_Niels Fabaek

042_Factory windows gets broken

Factory Windows are Always Broken, 2015

043_Information does not want to be free

047_Information does not want to be free

The sea is not cruel, the clouds do not choke the sky, information does not want to be free, 2015

050_Information does not want to be free

051_Information does not want to be free

The sea is not cruel, the clouds do not choke the sky, information does not want to be free, 2015

052_Information does not want to be free

053_A thing is a hole

055_Installation view

057_A thing is a hole

058_A thing is a hole

059_A thing is a hole

060_Factory windows gets broken

061_Factory windows gets broken

Factory Windows are Always Broken, 2015

062_A thing is a hole

063_A thing is a hole

067_A thing is a hole

068_A thing is a hole

069_Installation view

070_installation view

071_Impression (Retrospective),

Impression, 2015

072_Impression (Soy Capitan)

Impression, 2015

074_Impression (Rod Barton)

Impression, 2015

075_Impression (Last Resort)

Impression, 2015

077_Impression (Toves)

Impression, 2015

079_Impression (Retrospective)_detail

081_Impression (Rod Barton)_detail

082_Impression (Last Resort)_detail

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