Rv á l'air libre, 2020
Galerie Maria Lund, Paris
16.10.20 - 28.02.21
Accumulations of life remnants, still-lives of contemporary existence, architectures or altars meant for libations of consumerist society… As static as they are, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen’s sculptures are intimately linked to pulsating life. A crowbar, old dentures found in an abandoned factory, a toaster, a piece of electric cable, a small shapeless cushion or even traces of nicotine on the wall; the inspirations are limitless. Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen is fascinated by the nooks of life, including those that exist in silent rejection or that could be described as ugly.
With an audacious ease that can be slightly provocative, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen builds, piles, surrounds and hangs matter in rooms with an often precarious equilibrium. Skilled colorist, the artist navigates between the monochrome that unifies the artwork’s components and – on the contrary – the plurality of colors and textures, to bring out the personality of each element. A cunning feel for matters and materials manifests when the ceramic volumes include an old table leg, a glass tile, a log or a metallic element. In her world, total freedom and curiosity with an edge of playful humor reign: Take this… and take that… and then I add an extra…The artist is at ease in the chaos of potentials.
With rv in the open air, the desire for oxygen and vitality are very much present. Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen invites us to an imaginary picnic where games, spontaneity and the immediate can unfold as they are reunited with earth, the fundamental. A dream – maybe – but an essential dream that Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen wishes to materialize to create a connection between beings… Funny birds will fly from an unknown location, the earth will reveal remains buried under the moth and ceramic feasts will open our appetite.
Thanks to Danish Arts Foundation