Jesper Dyrehauge

Curated by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn


 Anita Schwartz Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Brazil of Danish artist Jesper Dyrehauge (1966). Curated by Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, the show will exhibit 22 new works, including 12 canvases, produced in Rio de Janeiro, and ten photographs.

Over the course of the last decade Dyrehauge has developed a unique method and artistic philosophy that seeks to challenge the conventions of traditional painting. Using perfectly cut carrots as “brushes” Dyrehauge stamps his raw canvases with monochromic colored dots in meticulous grids. By means of no other measuring tool than his eyes, his visual remembrance and a stringent and iterative application technique Dyrehauge shapes and layers his canvases with expansive dotted patterns, varying only slightly in color and composition, yet allowing every work to emanate a sense of unique individuality.

The title of the exhibition ~  – referring in Latin to something “being similar” or “of the same magnitude”, Dyrehauge directs our attention towards the transforming potential of perception and seeing. Within the color field the works allure tranquility and minimal order, while simultaneously challenging the focus of the eye, as the surfaces seem to fluctuate between order and disorder, balance and counter-balance. Within this method, Dyrehauge achieves a state of visual idiosyncratic paradox.

“The carrot stamping is for me a way to escape predominant hierarchies and narratives of traditional painting, and allowing unexpected and subtle patterns to emerge from the work,” explains the artist. “By allowing elements of chance, error and humor to enter my work, I can propose painting to exist in a more fluid, uncategorized and non-hierarchical state – a state of “in-between”.

Jesper Dyrehauge (1966) is born in Denmark, and lives and works in Berlin and Denmark. He graduated from the Art Academy of Jutland, Aarhus and Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 1999. From 2011-2015 Dyrehauge directed the exhibition space ‘Die Raum ‘ in Berlin together with Lotte Møller.