Peter Callesen: Sinking boats

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PETER CALLESEN: TIME IS RUNNING, 2019. ACID-FREE A4 150 GSM PAPER, GLUE, COLOUR PENCIL, ACRYLIC PAINT AND OAK FRAME WITH UV GLASS 53 X 40 X 7 CM

Steinprent 22.2-2019 - 23.3-2019

For the exhibition, Sinking Boats, Danish artist Peter Callesen created two works, Time is Running and Falling Cloud, which are inspired by a beloved Faroese hymn from 1897 that the priest, politician and poet, Fríðrik Petersen (1853-1917) wrote depicting the human existence like being in a boat without any oars drifting towards the big waterfall. Thus the poet describes the fundamental conditions of life, that we live our lives knowing that it will be over one day.

The Romantic subject matter of the elements of nature and the human within it is a recurrent theme in Peter Callesens work. We see it in the work Eismeer with it´s direct references in the title to the renowned painting by Caspar David Friedrich of a ship being wrecked by giant floes of ice. Peter Callesen is very interested in water as an element since it´s soft and life giving and yet can be hard and destructive.

The subject of the boat is recurrent in the three new lithographic pictures which Peter Callesen created in the graphic workshop, Steinprent for the exhibition; a melting boat, a sinking boat and a ship wreck. In all of the works at the exhibition death seems to get the final word, but this does not happen without a struggle which seems both poetic and humorous. There is an interesting contrast between the somewhat heavy memento mori existentialist theme and the material lightness of the works. They are all made of paper, but rather than working on the paper, Callesen works with paper as a sculpting material. The works show a main interest is the meeting between two and three dimensionality where the artist uses an ordinary A4 size white paper as a starting point for works which seem to transcend their material in such a suprising and wonderful way.

Steinprent, Skálatrøð 16 Tórshavn Faroe Islands. The gallery is open from 9-17.