BORCH Editions was founded in Copenhagen in 1979.
For Market Art Fair 2022 BORCH Editions will present recent projects from their print studio. Among those are a series of etchings by Mamma Andersson (SE), woodcutsand etchings by respectively Ragnar Kjartansson (IS) and Tal R (DK); a suite of photogravures by Trine Søndergaard (DK).
For her first collaboration with BORCH Editions, Mamma Andersson created a suite of three prints, combining woodcut and etching on Japanese paper. After the printing process, she returned to one of the motives, a larger- than-life sculpture of a hand with raised index-finger, and hand coloured its fingernails individually, blurring the line between edition and unique work. Conceived as three autonomous images, Andersson began regarding the prints as a sort of triptych while working on them simultaneously. Her combination of drypoint, aquatint, and woodcut resulted in an intriguing series of complex prints with skilfully executed, multi-coloured surfaces which highlight the three-dimensionality of the depicted objects and give them an almost skin-like appearance. Printmaking, especially woodcut, has long been an integral part of Mamma Andersson’s artistic practice, and her involvement with the medium has intensified since she purchased her own printing press for her studio in Sweden. Although she has worked with a wide range of printing techniques, her first print project with BORCH Editions marked her first encounter with the drypoint technique. Andersson was intrigued by the immediacy of drypoints, the direct mark making on a copper plate without the involvement of chemical processes.
Karin Mamma Andersson, born in Luleå, Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm. Her work is part of public collections such as Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (DK), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Nasjonalmuseet (Olso), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).
Karin Mamma Andersson, 'Hålrum', 2019. Woodcut, drypoint, with hand coloring, 67 x 46 cm, Edition of 12. Printed by Niels Borch Jensen Editions. Published by BORCH Editions
Ragnar Kjartansson’s first collaboration with BORCH Editions simultaneously marks his first exposure to the medium of printmaking. It resulted in a suite of twenty-five etchings and seven large-scale woodcuts. Kjartansson’s suite of twenty-five etchings is a collection of self-contained vignettes: poetic, comical, sometimes absurd scenes combining image and text. He collects scribbles and words in a notebook he is carrying with him wherever he goes. In his etchings, Kjartansson transfers the carefree, spontaneous attitude of his scribbles into permanent traces on copper. These are personal moments transferred into the medium of the multiple. The seven large-scale woodcuts depict graphic, bordering on cliché images of flames in red and yellow against a black background. The subject of fire—a universal symbol for the paradox of destruction and creation—runs like a red thread through Kjartansson’s work. His fascination for flames stems from his childhood.
Ragnar Kjartansson born 1976 lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. Kjartansson engages multiple artistic mediums, creating video installations, performances, drawings, and paintings that draw upon myriad historical and cultural references. Major solo shows include exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Reykjavík Art Museum; the Barbican Centre, London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park, Washington D.C.; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Kjartansson participated in The Encyclopedic Palace at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014, and he represented Iceland at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Ragnar Kjartansson, Fire 7, 2020. Printed by Niels Borch Jensen Editions. Published by BORCH Editions.