Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 192 x 138 cm x 2, Framed in two parts
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 192 x 138 cm, Framed in two parts
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 192 x 138 cm
  • Uden titel, 2015, Gouache, olie, akryl, grafit, papir collage på papir, 192 x 138 cm
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 143 x 103 cm
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 143 x 103 cm
  • Untitled, 2015, Gouache, oil, acrylic, graphite and paper collage on paper, 143 x 103 cm
  • Untitled (Commisioned work for The Court of Western Denmark in Viborg), 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 262 x 372 cm, Framed in two parts
  • Untitled (Commisioned work for The Court of Western Denmark in Viborg), 2015, Gouache, oil and paper collage on paper, 262 x 372 cm, Framed in two parts
  • Untitled, 2011, Gouache on paper, 136 x 155 cm
  • Untitled, 2010, Gouache on paper, 100 x 65 cm
  • Untitled, 2011, Gouache on paper, 137 x 106 cm
  • Untitled, 2010, Mixed media on paper, 134 x 50 cm
  • Untitled, 2011, Gouache on paper, 130 x 100 cm, Framed
  • Untitled (From Wall to Wall #1), 2013, Gouache on paper, 168 x 118,8 cm, Framed
  • Untitled (Girl from Village Paradise), 2012, Gouache on paper, 42 x 29,7 cm, Framed
  • Untitled (From Wall to Wall #1), 2013, Gouache on paper, 168 x 118,8 cm, Framed
  • Untitled, 2011, Burnt stoneware, glaze, Five parts. Approx. 25 x 22 x 8 cm, Unique
About

Pantomime, mimicry, the architectural uncanny and ritual flourishes of modern and pre-modern culture are regular components in Kaspar Oppen Samuelsens works. The work explores the condition of appearance within a framework of human emotions and social pitfalls. It gives display to the accelerated and increasingly performative nature of our lives. The characters are non-verbal performers, they are out of time, heading nowhere, caught in a theatrical hustle, unanchored and without momentum, busy conducting abstract narratives, portrayed with an ambiguous and philanthropic intent. In Oppen Samuelsens work, which encompasses a variety of media, including largescale papercollages, sculptures, drawings and music soundtracks, every single thing is conjured with what seems to be, the inner benefits of a bountiful and saccharine world. However, it would be reductive to describe his work purely in terms of its depicted scenarios and figurations. His work is rich in its references to both cinema, art and theatre and Oppen Samuelsen is interested in using cultural history as a subject to interpretation, injected with layers of guises and disparate elements, in a way they are challenged by the appearance of one another.



Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen

Born 1977. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.


2000-2003
BFA. (Hons.) Fine art. Contemporary critical theory. Goldsmiths College. University of London. England. UK.

2008 - 2011
MFA. Fine art. Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Solo exhibitions

2015
Hvad gør vi, når vi lander? (What do we do, when we land?), LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Market, LARM, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013
Luring a Giant, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2012
Mænd og ænder, Traneudstillingen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2011
Village Paradise, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Volta 7, LARM, Basel, Switzerland.

2010

I begyndelsen var der noget og i slutningen var der noget andet, men kyllingen har en flot mave, så vi går en god tid i møde.(In the beginning there were something and in the end there were something else, but the chicken has a generous stomach, so we will proceed towards a time of prosperity.) BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark.


2009
Rytterknas, Galleri Esplanaden, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008
The [weit], NLH space, with Marie-Louise Vittrup, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2006
Body-Double, Koh-I-Noor and Lokale 20, EDB Erindring, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Selected group exhibitions

2014
Betroet Tvivl - Kunstnerkeramik nu, Vejen Kunstmuseum, Vejen, Denmark.

2013
O Chair O Flesh, Treignac Projet, curated by Matt Packer, Treignac, France.
GROWTH, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark.

2012
Rock – Paper – Scissors, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Obsolete Man of Schopenhauer, Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
CLAIM, curated by Manuel Wischnewski, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, Germany.

2011
Baroque, LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Snowblind, Galerie weissraum, Kyoto, Japan.

2010
Anstrøg, Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Snowblind, BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark.
He who bends has lost, Backyard Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2009
IKK Festival 09, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Palles børnebørn, Clausens Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008
Evergreens – Grethes børnebørn, Rumkammerat, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Urge to Plunge, Galerie Chateau de Bouglinster, Luxembourg.
Irma moving arts, Jury´s selection, Karrierebar, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Urban pedestals and Suburban pedestal, Helsinki, Finland.

2007
(t)here, Q, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sange fra kælderen, with Huskegruppen- Peter Brandt and Tomas Lagermand Lundme,
Galleri Projekt, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Supermarket, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

2006
The Gift, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Politikens forhal, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Greengrass display, Bingohallen, Vestergågades Passage, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2004
Fedex Young Contemporaries, House Gallery, Camberwell, London, England.
Nth Art Exhibit 001. OLS&CO, Arsenal, London, England.

2003
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. House Gallery, Camberwell, London, England.
Squat, Sales des Fetes, Avenue Charlotte, Oberkorn, Luxemburg.
Goldsmiths Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, England.

2002
Art Below Zero, Notting Hills Arts Club, Notting Hill, London, England.
Restoration, The Crypt, Deptford, London, England.

2001
Blinkered, Goldsmiths College, London, New Cross, England.

2000
Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1999
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Forårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

1998
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Killing Fields, Spray Exhibition, The Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Galleri 12, Danmarks Radio, Aarhus, Denmark.

Art Fairs

2015

Volta11 Basel (June 15 - 20), Basel, Switzerland.

MARKET Art fair (April 17 - 19), Stockholm, Sweden.

2013
Volta 9, (10. June - 15. June), represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.
Art Herning, (Jan. 25. – Jan. 27.) represented by LARM, Herning, Denmark.

2012
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (14. Sept. - 16. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Volta 8, (11. June - 16. June) represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.
Art Brussels, (19. April - 22. April) represented by LARM, Brussels, Belgium.
Art Herning, (27. Jan. - 29 Jan.) represented by LARM, Herning, Denmark.

2011
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (15. Sept. - 18. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Volta 7, (13. June - 18. June) represented by LARM, Basel, Switzerland.

2010
Art Copenhagen, The Nordic Art Fair, (17. Sept. - 19. Sept.) represented by LARM, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Awards

2013
The Rockwool Prize

2011
Nordic Art Talents

2010
Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse rejselegat

2009
Tegneinspektør Søren Chr. Jensen og Hustrus Hæderslegat

Grants

2013
Danish Arts Council
Ragnvald og Ida Blix' Fond

2012
Dronning Ingrids Romerske Fond

Public works

2015
VIA University College, Århus, Denmark. (Coming up)
VIA University College, Holstebro, Denmark. (Coming up)

2014
Commision by The Court of Western Denmark, Viborg, Denmark.

2013
Commision by Nykredit Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2010
Wallpainting, Nordvangskolen, Glostrup, Denmark.

2009
Wallpainting, University of Copenhagen, Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab, (The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies), Denmark.

2005
Wallpainting, Arken, Museum of Modern Art, børnerummet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wallpainting, J. Lindeberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Collections

Ny Carlsbergfondet
Statens Kunstfond
Vejen Kunstmuseum
Nykredit
Ole Faarup Collection
Palle Skov Jensen Collection

Collaboration

2012
Collaboration with designer Stine Goya. Artist print on silk dress. ´Flowerheaded rider on pink and turquoise horse´. The Carla dress.

Residencies

2012
The Danish Institute in Rome, VIA OMERO 18, 00197 ROMA (1. Oct. - 30. Nov.)

2010
The Danish Institute at Athens, Herefondos 14 - Plaka - GR-105 58 Athen, Greece. (1. March - 30. March,)

Selected press

2013
Frieze. No. 158, 2013. `O CHAIR O FLESH´, Treignac Project. P. 269. Review by Chris Fite-Wassilak.
labellerevue. September 2013. `O CHAIR O FLESH´, Treignac Project. Revue d'art contemporain en Centre-France, by Sabrina Tarasoff.
Magasinet KUNST. Nr. 3/2013, Årgang 22. ´At stå på ryggen af giganter´ p. 18 - 21. Interview af Tina Christensen.
´6 danske kunstnere, der rykker´. In RUM 03. Marts.

2012
´Paper Match´. Edited and designed by Johan Rosenmunthe and Flemming Ove Bech. Texts by Lisbeth Bonde and Sara Lubich.
Published by Vandret Publications.
Offset newsprint in plastic sleeve. Edition of 600. 56 pages.
ISBN 978-87-994373-9-9

2011
Ross, Trine. ´Succesfuld kunstner laver udstilling om mænd og ænder´. In Politiken, sektion ibyen, 13. April.
Scavenius, Bente. ´Anmelderne anbefaler´. In Børsen - kultur, 24. Nov.
Ross, Trine. Interview, ´De unge malere går ombord i fortiden´. In Politiken, sektion ibyen, 14. Jan.

2009
´Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen´. In Dagbladet Information, nr. 278, sektion 2, 28. Nov.

2008
Eisen, Marianne. ´Sprung ins Unbekannte´. In Luxemburger Wort, 24. Sept.

2007
Bo, Morten. ´Fata, Tiden og Ånden´. In Fatamorganakunstens Historie 1999-2007. Forlaget Fatamorgana.

2006
Lange, Katrine. ´Det tredje rum´. (The third space). In Manus. Tidskrift for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab. ´Krak 148, Kunst i Byen og Byen i Kunsten´.

2003
Royse, Julia. ´Hot art´. In ELLE Magazine. Jul. p. 42-43.
Cat-A-Logue 03. ´Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen´, Goldsmiths College.

2001
Floorless ed. ´In the Red´.

1999
Hornung, Peter Michael. ´Storvask på Den Frie´. In Politiken. Oct.
Pohl, Eva. ´Parat til udrykning´. In Berlingske Tidende. Oct.

1998
KE 98. ´Den skjulte nægtelse´. Den Frie Udstillingsbygning.

1997
Grønnebæk, Mikkel. ´Artifacts´ In Metropolis Magazine, vol. 2. p. 14-15.