• 2010 
Solid oak 
168 x 11 x 6 cm 
Unique piece

    Unfolded plank
    2010
    Solid oak
    168 x 11 x 6 cm
    Unique piece

  • eske rex

    Eske Rex (born 1977) is embracing the fields of art, design and architecture and he has exhibited in both contexts, including the Danish Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in 2010, the Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg in 2010 and The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 2009. In 2011, Rex exhibited at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, and in 2013, he had his first solo show in Paris “Silent Action” in Galerie Maria Wettergren, who also exhibited his “Drawing Machine” in the Carreau du Temple during D’Days and at Design Miami/Basel in 2014. In 2015, Eske Rex was commissioned to create a permanent public sculpture for the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.

    Through the years, Danish artist Eske Rex has developed a body of work where practices from architecture, art, design and craft are intertwined and unfolded within sculpture and installation. The works of art stem, despite their clear and ethereal expression, therefore from a more complex origin. They often take their point of departure in one or two main materials, that are worked to the limits of their inherent ability; fabric is stretched and wood split to the point of breach and their primary characteristics are laid bare in the demonstration of the condensed definite matter. Simple and stylistic, they are cleaned and processed of excess elements in order to concentrate on experiencing the materials of which the works are made. For the same reason they give what can be referred to as a found poetic silence in their presence.

    The works are carried both by a conceptual idea and by the materials and the craftsmanship, and they are decidedly discursive in their analogue and apolitical statements. Works such as Unfolded Plank, Vorschub and Pull are pieces in series that examine the effects of force caused by tension between materials and space. They are overextended, stretched, split and placed on the verge of collapse. There are no stated explanations – all transfer of information happens on an aesthetic and sensuous level. The traces of craft and the attention to materials sensuously combine the tangible and near with metaphysical, essential and universal matters. The simple materials reflect universal states of mind and situations and link the piece to a metaphysical world, while the craft’s distinct imprints open up for a present and intimate character. 
Motion is essential in Rex´ works. Even motionless sculptures such as Tensioned Wood have a shape and a material that animate the surrounding space. The work has a strength which gives it an identity, an own-ness.

    The traces of design are from time to time seen in the character of the works as objects, while the element of architecture is visible in their spatial orientation. The functionalism is toned down in Rex’s work, and the laws of physics and its founding effect on our universe are the governing principles. Gravity, magnetism, friction and the mathematical principles are explored in series of works such as Measuring Space and Divided Self. They investigate the effect of forces and the dynamics between the individual components of the piece and the variable element: the visitor. This is for example seen in Space Meter in which a wooden trumpet with an embedded magnet is suspended by a string fixed in a wall and the attraction of the magnet against a hung metal-plate on the opposite wall. The trumpet hovers a few centimeters apart from the metal-plate; vibrates with the visitor’s movements in the space and threatens to loose the magnetic connection to the wall and fall to the ground. The feeling of a point of breach is caused by an almost electric field which creates a sensibility and attention towards the objects in the space. Rex shares traits with some of the modernist artists by a mutual focus on simplicity in the choice of materials and themes and an abstract idiom which outlines universal figures and only in few cases with references to existing known shapes, as for example the bird in Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture or the mask in Rex’s Divided Self. A classical sculpture represents something. Eske Rex more often presents something.
    As with Alexander Calder’s mobiles in metal, Rex shapes movement, gravity and force as well as he forms the material, and the material becomes a means to frame and activate these force effects. Rex prolonges a minimalist tradition in which the inherent characteristics of the materials are partaking in the aesthetics. While Brancusi is the sculptor who carves images out of the materials, Rex shapes the sculpture without the weight of the mass. Both have an inherent movement in their objects. Where Rex is working with the framework and Brancusi with the massive body, it is in the compositions essential to see Rex’ work in relation to the poetic shapes of Calder’s mobiles.

    (Excerpts from Nina Wöhlk’s text about Eske Rex, 2015)

     

    Education

    2001-2008: The Danish Design School, Furniture and Space department, Copenhagen

    2007: Internship, Studio Jeppe Hein, Berlin

    2006: Exchange, University of Art and Design, Environmental Art Department, Helsinki

    2000: Scandinavian Design Folk High School, Denmark

    1996-1999: Trained as a Carpenter/joiner with bronzemedal, Denmark

     

    Works in public spaces

    The International Criminal Court, The Hague, Holland

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    2018 – Vessel, Gallerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2013 – Silent Action, Gallerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2012 – Measuring space, Modtar Projects, Copenhagen

    2010 – Parentes, Modtar Projects, Copenhagen

    2009 – Udtræk, Modtar Projects, Copenhagen

    2008 – Flugt, Parotta Project Space, Berlin

     

    Group Exhibitions

    2019 – ARV, Nordkystens Kunsttriennale, Munkeruphus, Dronningmølle (upcoming)

    2018 – Kunstmix, Copenhagen

    Plateau 1, Gallery R2, Svaneke

    Threads and Fibers. Gallery Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2017 – Animal Man Machine, Verbeke Foundation, Belgium

    Everyday Life, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanasawa

    Vevringutstilinga 2017, Vevring

    MINDCRAFT17, Cloister of San Simpliciano, Milano (with Maria Mengel)

    2016 – Dialogues with Tora Urup at Gallerie Maria Wettergren, Paris

    2015 – MINDCRAFT15, Cloister of San Simpliciano, Milano

    2014 – Zimmer Frei, Koldinghus, Denmark

    Design at Large, Design Miami/Basel, Basel

    DRAW, The Black Swan Arts Center in Frome, England

    D´Days, Carreau du Temple, Paris

    Lim, Copenhagen

    2013 – MINDCRAFT13, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milano

    O’Clock, Cafa Art Center, Beijing

    Form follows Concept, Etage Projects, Copenhagen

    2012

    Sejerø Festivalen, island of Sejerø Denmark

    MINDCRAFT12, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milano

    2011 – O`Clock, Triennale Design Museum, Milan

    Artists Fall Exhibition KE11, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

    Sejerø Festivalen, island of Sejerø Denmark

    Design in Motion, Sydney Design Festival

    MINDCRAFT11, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milano

    2010 – Artists Fall Exhibition KE10, Carlsberg Ny Tap, Copenhagn

    Designers Investigating, Øksnehallen Copenhagen

    Opening of Spinderihallerne, Vejle

    Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen

    Fröhliche Gesellschaft – Editionen, Centre d’Édition Contemporaine Genève und Galerie Parrotta Stuttgart

    2009 – The Cabinetmakers Autum Exhibition, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

    Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen

    2007
 – Machine, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart

    Jeppe Hein Emphiehlt: Vorschub, Berlin

    Teaching

    2015
    Workshop and lecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

    2013
    Workshop teacher at Anark Tree House Summer Workshop in Almtamåla, Sweden

    2012
    Lecture and Workshop at the institute of Media and Design, department of architecture, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

    2011
    Guest teacher: Projektil series of lectures/workshops at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany

    2008
    Den Økologiske Produktionsskole, Copenhagen

    Study Travels

    2013
    Japan. Visiting Kohseki Joinery and art Island Naoshima, etc.

    2011
    Southamerica. Visiting artist Ernesto Neto, Brazil and Amereida School of Architecture and Design, Chile

    2009
    New York. Visiting artists: Martin Puryear, Mary Miss, Richard Nonas and Robert Kocik

    Gants

    Danish Art Council

    Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond

    Danish Crafts

    Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond

    Det Reiersenske Fond

    Awards and prizes

    2016 – Receives a Three Year Working Grant from Danish Arts Foundation

    2012 – Best Artwork, PAD, London

    2011 – Public Prize, 1 of 25 Best Project, Milan designweek

    2010 – Designers Investigating, Exhibition Price, Danish Arts Foundation

     

     

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