With a point of departure in the collective repertoire of colours, symbols, and iconography from the 20th century, Mette Winckelmann mixes genres and explores new directions in her art with a major solo exhibition at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art.
Abstraction and craft play a central role in the art of Mette Winckelmann. In her paintings, collages, and installations she uses traditional arts and crafts as tools to challenge culturally defined categories, hierarchies, and identities. With Come Undone the artist delves into the basic elements of our visual communication by focusing on the colours that have played a central cultural-historical role in the West. Winckelmann has transformed the lower gallery O—Overgaden with constellations of large fabric works hanging from the ceiling like unfinished sketches of a survey of the graphic history of the 20th century – printed by hand, in layers, recognisable yet unfamiliar.
Mette Winckelmann (b. 1971) is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003 and has exhibited at Moderna Museet, Malmö and Sorø Kunstmuseum, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen, Nosbaum & Reading Art Contemporain, Luxembourg and made works in public space for Viborg Kunsthalle among others. The artist is represented in the collections of The National Gallery of Denmark and Vitamin P, New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon, Oct. 16).