O—Overgaden is one of the leading non-profit art institutions in Denmark with an irreverent program of emerging local and international voices in contemporary art, displaying around eight grand-scale exhibitions each year from its position in the heart of Copenhagen.
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Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat
14 Aug – 10 Oct 2021

Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.

Several voluminous, organic figures occupy the first floor of Overgaden. With their rounded shapes in burned pastel colors, their crude surfaces, and seemingly massive weight they could resemble amputated body parts, oversized tools, or erotic fetish objects.

This ambiguous mode of expression constitutes a balancing nerve in Danish artist Carl Emil Jacobsen’s work, and with Comb a Hairy Doughnut Flat – the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition – the exhibition space is turned into a workshop and a piece of nature. With the process as its own goal and an almost ritualistic attention on the breakdown of materials and the physical shaping, Carl Emil Jacobsen’s abstract sculptures are oozing an insisting, sensuous appeal.

Comb a Hairy Doughnut Flat – that borrows its title from a mathematical theory about the geometry and spatial dynamics of curved surfaces – present a new series of pigment-painted sculptures made in fiber concrete and acrylic as well as a distinctive space displaying sketches and models. The exhibition is built up as a transitory scenography which unfolds in three different phases during the exhibition period. Based on the working titles First Impression, Odd Couple and On the Other Side Jacobsen rearranges the works in order to examine the process as a material and the relational changeability of the works.

Carl Emil Jacobsen (b. 1987, DK) holds a MA in Industrial Design from Design School Kolding (2012) and works in the intersection between art and design. His works have been exhibited at The Curio, Chart Art Fair, the Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris, Piscine, Arhus and The Round Tower, Copenhagen, among other places. In 2018 he participated in the prestigious design exhibition MINDCRAFT 18 in Milan and in 2020 he was selected for the Danish Arts Foundations two-year career development program ‘The Young Artistic Elite’.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Beckett-Fonden, Merchant LF Foght’s Foundation, Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, the Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Foundation, and the Bodil Pedersen Foundation.

Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.
Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.
Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.
Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.
Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.
Carl Emil Jacobsen: Comb A Hairy Doughnut Flat, installation view, O–Overgaden, 2021. Photo by Anders Sune Berg.