Marie Rud Rosenzweig
GL STRAND presents the first institutional solo exhibition by the young Danish artist Marie Rud Rosenzweig. Through various media and with inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s fictional universe, Rud Rosenzweig explores our relationship with the everyday objects we apparently carelessly leave lying around us.
A key point of departure for this body of work is Philip K. Dick’s seminal novel from 1968: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the book, the author introduces the idea of the ‘kipple’ as a small discarded object which, despite its designation as useless, has the ability to appear as living and reproduce.
With the exhibition KIPPLE, Marie Rud Rosenzweig builds on this idea that the objects we surround ourselves with can take on a life and personality of their own, separate to their original function. Moreover, when we finish using these objects or discard them, they become symbolic of specific life experiences. The exhibition presents a number of new paintings, a spatial intervention with flooring panels and a series of collaborative photographs which together form a total installation expending on the concept of the kipple.
Central to the exhibition is a floor-level work that problematises the boundary between the spaces of artistic creation and social reality. Created using discarded flooring from a sports hall in Western Jutland, Rud Rosenzweig has dissected the total area into panels which have been broken up and re-assembled according to the artist’s creative logic. In their new constellation, which appears dense and heavy resting atop the gallery’s own floor, the flooring, its original function and new distorted significance become intertwined in broader negotiations surrounding meaning, value and purpose.
As part of a documentary photo project, created in collaboration with the photographer Josefine Seifert, Rud Rosenzweig turns her gaze towards a phenomenon than many are familiar with: the collection and arrangement of small knick-knacks, that have not yet found a permanent place, in different vessels. The photographs of these objects in bowls become indirect portraits of the artist’s acquaintances and give us an insight into both universal and more intimate experiences and patterns of behaviour.
The exhibition will also a feature a new series of paintings that show the artist moving between a dreamier and more concrete aesthetic registers. In these works, Marie Rud Rosenzweig examines relationships between people as well as between the spaces and objects that surround us – motifs include everything from tools to perfume bottles and flower buds.
Marie Rud Rosenzweig lives and works in Copenhagen. She graduated in 2022 from the Funen Academy of Art and has previously studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. For a number of years she has devoted particular attention to issues related to existential forms and narratives, which she continues to investigate in the exhibition at GL STRAND.