Dansk
Molly Haslund &

TEENAGERS EATING ICE CREAM CONES

15. Jun 25. Aug 2019

The seemingly trivial everyday actions and environments provide the raw poetic inspiration for Molly Haslund. The artist has formerly been the focus of attention at home and abroad with her startling and humorous works classed somewhere between sculpture and performance and we look forward to presenting her first major solo exhibition at Overgaden.

The seemingly trivial everyday actions and environments provide the raw poetic inspiration for Molly Haslund. The artist has formerly been the focus of attention at home and abroad with her startling and humorous works classed somewhere between sculpture and performance and we look forward to presenting her first major solo exhibition at Overgaden.

Based on situations and objects in the public space – from a coat rack in a primary school somewhere in the province to a group of women dressed up for a hen night out in London – Molly Haslund has, with Teenagers Eating Ice Cream Cones, created new works spotlighting things most people have passed by without attributing much value to them.

By means of alterations in scale, startling juxtapositions, and absurd and dreamlike distortions of everyday objects and motifs, Molly Haslund invites the audience to enter a world that is familiar to most people and, then again, perhaps not.

The scratch card, scratched to reveal no prize, has been enlarged and transformed from a reminder of a pent-up fantasy into a surprisingly beautiful picture. The tacky clown’s nose made of plastic is now suddenly produced in eighteen-carat gold and can be used as both a ring and a hand puppet. The chairs, discarded as bulk waste, have been transformed into a sculpture group and the duvets beneath which we can hide from the world have ivy motifs and are made of silk – the outside world intrudes on us whether we like it or not. There are heaps of confetti everywhere – is it ash, were we late for the party, or were we perhaps never invited? Molly Haslund upends what we think we know about the world around us. Through a wide selection of artistic media from sculpture, textiles, and virtual reality to video and performance, the artist creates an absurd and tragicomic landscape inspiring us to take a fresh look at our everyday lives.

In her art, Molly Haslund is fascinated by the social hierarchies and rituals we use to assign status and identity to ourselves and others. The spaces around us call for specific behaviour and exclude others. Often, we only realise this when the socially sanctioned behaviour is displaced or exaggerated – in the exhibition, for example, illustrated in the imaginative virtual-reality work in which the character Hedera Helix (Latin for ivy) meets the group Gekisai Dai Ichi (Japanese for smashing and destroying) for a ritualised karate match, which can be experienced by visitors at close quarters, and in the performance Teenagere spiser vaffelis, to be performed during the preview.

Molly Haslund has an MA (Fine Arts) from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Haslund has performed and shown extensively in Denmark and Sweden as well as in Glasgow, London, Kyoto, Berlin, Munich, New York, and Philadelphia. Recently, she made three public sculptures for the square in front of Lund Kunsthal, Sweden.

Opening reception June 14th, 5-8 pm. Everyone is welcome.

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