Delicate photographs that play on metal frames. A rebellious schoolgirl and an abandoned sculpture. There is room for both concrete and fragility when the play sculpture is placed in the spotlight at the duo exhibition IG 383 and The Play Sculptures by Thorbjørn Bechmann and Sofie Thorsen at Overgaden.
In two parallel installations, the paths of the two artists coincide via a shared interest in historical objects – an interest that comes to expression at the exhibition in the shape of an aesthetic phenomenon from the urban spaces of the 1950s: the public play sculpture.
After thorough research and investigation, Thorbjørn Bechmann and Sofie Thorsen examine remnants and documentation from the time when it was believed that art possessed the power to change society.
Thorbjørn Bechmann (b. 1966) graduated from the Royal Danish Art Academy of Fine Arts in 1994. He has had a number of solo exhibitions, most recently Kuomiko projektet at DAMP Gallery, Copenhagen, 2012, and IG 383 og Vridsløselille Sessionerne at Gallery Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, 2011. Furthermore his work has been included in several group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, among these Tasted Shapes at Budapest Galleria, 2012, and A need for Reason at Rohde Contemporary, Copenhagen, 2011. In 2013 he is participating in Moscow Outreach and in a group exhibition at 25cpw in New York. In 2000 he exhibited at Overgaden with the exhibition BRB. Thorbjørn Bechmann lives in Copenhagen.
Sofie Thorsen (b. 1971) is educated at the Royal Danish Art Academy of Fine Arts and Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna in the period 1995-2001. She has had several solo exhibitions, among others Schnitt A-A‘ at Kunsthaus Graz and Kunsthaus Baselland, 2012, Habitat at Kunstverein Düsseldorf, 2011, and The Colourless Island at The Aarhus Art Building, 2009. Additionally she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, for instance at 21er Haus, Vienna, 2011, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, 2011, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 2010/2012, and at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, 2010. At Overgaden she has previously participated in the group exhibition Models of Resistance, 2000, Ude og hjemme, 2005, and Overdragelser, 2008. Thorsen has published several catalogues, most recently Schnitt A-A‘ from 2012, and in 2011 she was the recipient of the Danish Art Council’s 3-year grant. Sofie Thorsen lives in Vienna.