Open &
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The Future Perfect and Danish Arts Foundation Partner to Present Open and Closed.

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“The box has a poignant symbol of spaces as they are opened and closed and of the rigid conditions under which many artworks are made and presented.”

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The renowned contemporary gallery The Future Perfect has partnered with the Danish Arts Foundation to present emerging Danish designers for their latest show called Open and Closed. For the exhibition, The Future Perfect invited each artist to construct miniature works adhering to the conventional characteristics of a box while reflecting each designer’s unique aesthetic and practice. The nine works are distinctive pieces which bring forth the delicacy and beauty of construction.

This collection of distinctive containers constructs a conceptual dialogue between the makers and viewers, encouraging viewers to immerse themselves in each designers’ work and consider how each box connects to the exterior world.

“To show work created from such a fixed concept, we explore how every object and artwork we interact with carries within it a set of complex economic and political circumstances,” says The Future Perfect Director Laura Young.

Open and Closed’s nine artists’ interpretations and unique approaches to this theme are prevalent throughout the show, which sees artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen explore the symbolism and spiritual qualities behind the ceramic tradition of an urn and the notion of space tackled by Annelie Grimwalde Olofsson, who uses materials which allow objects to distort and expand. Iben Høj and Louise Hedegaard Madsen’s work utilizes natural fibers in creating sheer soft surfaces that challenge conventional material boundaries, and the notion of interval vs. external by allowing the viewer to glance in. In contrast, Ida Elke, Mariko Wada, and Pettersen & Hein gravitate to the use of natural resources such as stoneware, metal, clay, and concrete in designing miniature containers. Other artists, namely Elly Glossop, and Stine Mikkelsen, confront materiality by upcycling and engineering their own composites from crushed glass bead and marble, quartz sand, fish glue, porcelain, and volcanic glass fragments.

Open and Closed was curated by Laura Young and will be on view at Casa Perfect New York from October 27 through December 15, 2021. 

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Catherine Raben Davidsen, Mammal
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Mariko Wada, Box of Mysteries
Stine Mikkelsen The Lighthouse TFP DAF 1
Stine Mikkelsen, The Lighthouse

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