Jesper Dyrehauge


09. Feb 07. Apr 2013

Using just a carrot, Jesper Dyrehauge has laboriously filled large raw canvases with dots, printed one by one in neat rows. The results of these repetitive actions can be seen in a series of new works in the exhibition Medium Large at Overgaden.

Traditionally, a painter uses a paint brush. But not Jesper Dyrehauge. Dyrehauge uses a cut carrot as a tool when he creates his pictures. In calm movements, he gradually advances the rows of carrot-printed dots. The finished pictures reflect the repetitive working process, becoming infinite variations of rhythm, surface and depth, in a minimalist expression.

Jesper Dyrehauge’s systematic working process is repeated in the exhibition space. At Overgaden, Dyrehauge has designed plaster walls in the full height of the room, creating an asymmetrical floating space without right angles that emphasises the meditative and calm mood established by the paintings.

When Jesper Dyrehauge starts his work on a blank canvas, he works according to a fixed set of rules, in a concentrated method in which the individual print is in focus, and the overall picture is forgotten in certain phases. He begins by placing a single dot in the lower left corner, and builds up the picture from below. Along the way small errors arise, the pattern becomes uneven, and the picture becomes denser in some places, while opening up in others.

With the soft edges in the exhibition space, Jesper Dyrehauge encourages the audience to consider the works from different angles and distances. The physical presence of the pictures in the space is matched by the visible traces of the working process, which adds the body and time as central and changeable co-ordinates in both the creation and the experience of the works.

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