Avlskarl was founded in 2008 by Morten Avlskarl and is situated in the centre of Copenhagen.
The gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists and is committed to introducing art, in all media, to an international audience. Avlskarl presents between 6 – 7 exhibitions per year, including solo presentation as well as group shows. An international profile is imperative to the gallery, representing internationally acclaimed artists like Gregor Hildebrandt, Sergej Jensen and Thomas Zipp.
Gregor Hildebrandt is a contemporary artist based in Berlin. He is known for his works incorporating analogue recording media, such as cassette tapes and vinyl records, dealing with how music, film and poetry can be preserved in a work of art. At a later stage in his career, Hildebrandt includes components of chess games in his artworks, continuing the long tradition of the motif of chess in art from the Middle Ages until today. The contemplation of his art incorporates the heterogeneous cosmos of Gregor Hildebrandt’s references to music, film, literature and art history, his works turns out to be complex montages, in which pictorial associations from different spheres combine and interpenetrate.
Hildebrandt employs the material of his every-day environment without aesthetic or theoretical inhibition and playfully links aspects of conceptual art and minimal art with his personal life and experience of pop culture.
'Pawn Shop'. Image credits Avlskarl and Gregor Hildebrandt.
Mette Winckelmann uses abstraction in various media, as a tool with which to dissolve and open up rigidly-defined categories and forms. Materials and traditional craft techniques are handled unconventionally. In several works dealing with issues of identification, she is interested in the possibilities and limitations, as well as the hierarchies, that we ourselves create and pass on. The abstract paintings arise on the basis of systematic compositions, geometric divisions, forms and colours that mimic or utilise visual techniques and structures drawn from the craft traditions of various cultures. Several of the works contain for example references to Swedish rag rugs or American patchwork quilts.
The various references are combined in the painting, where they are absorbed in each other’s logic. In the abstract expression, the intention is thus not to find the universal form, but rather to seek to achieve a form that is constantly changing.
'Romancing the Stone'. Image credits Avlskarl and Mette Winckelmann.