Knud Odde: The City I, 2016, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 cm


Maiken Bent, Jesper Christiansen, Jeannette Ehlers, Gudrun Hasle, Kirsten Justesen, Peter Martensen, Mogens Møller, Knud Odde, Torben Ribe, Lene Adler Petersen, Niels Pugholm, Morten Søkilde & Morten Søndergaard

27.5 - 30.7.2016

The gallery has asked the above mentioned artists to comment on the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy's (1863-1933) poem The City from 1910:


The City

You said: “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,
find another city better than this one.
Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong
and my heart lies buried like something dead.
How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?
Wherever I turn, wherever I look,
I see the black ruins of my life, here,
where I’ve spent so many years, wasted them, destroyed them totally.”

You won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.
This city will always pursue you.
You’ll walk the same streets, grow old
in the same neighborhoods, turn gray in these same houses.
You’ll always end up in this city. Don’t hope for things elsewhere:
there’s no ship for you, there’s no road.
Now that you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you’ve destroyed it everywhere in the world.


Kirsten Justesen is represented by Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen
Jesper Christiansen is represented by Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Torben Ribe is represented by David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Peter Martensen is represented by Galerie MøllerWitt, Aarhus and Galerie Maria Lund, Paris.

Thanks to Jørgen and Bente Christensen Ernst.

Morten Søkilde: THE TITLES: CAVAFY JEWELRY. ALEXANDRIAN LIBRARY DESK, KONSTANTINOS' BOOTH. LAST POEM., 2016, Ramme samt top med fløje pap beklædt med sorte hanefjer; skuffegreb røde kvartssten på sølvpinde; mint moreau-papir fra 1824-bibel inderperme; lamper fire pillekapsler med diodelys; slebet glas Art Deco; topstykke jerndæksel fra bilmotor samt hvid plastikknap med afbryder., 10 x 10 x 8 cm  

Jesper Christiansen: Η ΠδλΙς[ (Beit el-Suheimi), 2016, Oil on canvas, 96 x 127 cm  

Maiken Bent: Trolley #13, 2016, Trolley, Untitled (2010), bungee net, nylon, 85 x 140 x 100 cm  

Lene Adler Petersen: Luderen fra Ethiopien, 1978, Floorpaint, acrylic and newspaper on masonite, 122 x 122 cm  

Kirsten Justesen: Greek Summer 2015, 2015, Archival print / Somerset Photo , 110,5 x 75 cm x 3  

Torben Ribe: Untitled, 2016, 2016, Acrylic, advertisements, glitter, anti slip bath math and weather station with outdoor measurement on canvas over wood, 100 x 80 cm  

Knud Odde: The City III, 2016, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm  

Knud Odde: The City II, 2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 70 cm  

Jeannette Ehlers : WHIP IT GOOD. Jackson Square,New Orleans, 2016, Photographic Print, 50 x 50 cm, Ed. 6 (+2 AP) Photo credit: Kim Coleman Whip it good was first commissioned by Art Labour Archives & Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin, 2013  

Jeannette Ehlers: THIS OPEN GRAVE, 2016, ( Dialogue from Hans Christian Andersen’s ”The Mulatto” (1840), 4. act. 8. scene.) Filmed in New Orleans Paléme: Martin ”Bats” Bradford Horatio: Josef Pons Camera: Nikolaj Recke Edit: Jeannette Ehlers  

Niels Pugholm: Støvler, 2016, ink on paper, 42x59,4 cm  

Niels Pugholm: Nøgler, 2016, ink on paper, 42x59,4 cm  

Niels Pugholm: Fragment fra en granatsprunget kirkedør, 2016, ink on paper, 59,4x42 cm  

Peter Martensen: THE INVESTIGATION, 2016, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm  

Peter Martensen: THE PLACE, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm  

Morten Søndergaard: Må sort dreng dø ren, 2016, Print on paper , 32 x 45 cm, Ed. 10  

Morten Søndergaard: Må sort dreng dø ren (1), 2016, Print on paper , 32 x 45 cm , Ed. 10  

Gudrun Hasle: Der er så meget jeg er bange for, 2015, Embroidery on canvas, 59 x 47 cm  

Gudrun Hasle: Der ar rules - ther shot be folerd, 2016, Embroidery on canvas, 86 x 66 cm  

Gudrun Hasle: Jeg hader mig selv (fra projektet Relabeling 2004-2008), 2014, C-print , 54 x 72 cm , 2/5 + 1AP  

Mogens Møller: Komposition, Relief of wood and glass, 116 x 78 cm  

Mogens Møller: Bjerge, Collage on paper , 49 x 62 cm