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Johanne Lykke Poulsen. Painting with water

Uncategorized January 19, 2017

Today I want to introduce you the work of Johanne Lykke Poulsen (1989). This young Danish visual artist works with large abstract paintings, though her artistic practice also involves text and vocal based sound art. She finds in natural elements like water a constant source of inspiration. And it is through a soak stain technique that we feel the halo of her works. A glow that has to do with the concept of the sublime related to nature. The wild and uncontrolled nature is here expressed through explosions of colour, infusing a sense of greatness to the work in an affective and sensible way that wraps you with wonder and admiration.

Johanne Lykke Poulsen is a graduate from The Jutland Art Academy in Aarhus, Denmark (2015) and has been an artist-in-residence at The Danish Institute in Athens (2016), Taekker Air Berlin (2016) and Residency Unlimited in New York (2014). After living and working in Berlin, she recently relocated to Copenhagen.

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No Storms (2016)

What does the relation between water and color mean to you?

In my work, color and water are two significant components that compliment each other. They are necessary and important. One couldn’t be without the other.

What kind of feeling or emotion do you wish to communicate with your art works?

I aim to let my art communicate an open-ended aesthetic sensibility rather than specific emotions. I think of communicating emotion in an abstract way. American painter, Agnes Martin said that sensibility is the same as beauty. I like the idea of communicating sensibility.

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Wild Greens (2017)

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Poem by a Tree (2016)

Where do you find beauty?

I grew up in a country with a coastline so long that no matter where you stand you’re less than 20 miles away from the sea. Water is a fundamental element in my work. I find beauty in water both physically and emotionally. Water is complex, sublime.

Who or what inspires you?

Agnes Martin and Helen Frankenthaler are true inspirational sources to my work. These two strong women’s work motivates me to paint everyday. I remember when I first came to New York in 2014, I saw Roni Horn’s installation of glass sculptures filled with water at House & Wirth. Her work with water made a huge impression on me. As I also work with text, I find inspiration from Cy Twombly, Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Plath.

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Two Rose Tall (2016)

Could you describe your artistic process?

I am not sure where a painting exactly begins to me. I believe in intuition. Its a religion to me. It’s a fine balance, of course, and naturally our intuition is affected by so many things – culture, experience, trends, other artists, the internet and so on. Though, I would say my process involves quite a lot of intuition. My paintings can start as a note on a small piece of paper, as an impression that another painting made on me or it can start with me simply pouring paint onto the canvas. As I paint, I apply thinned layers of acrylic paint onto the canvas. I always work on the floor. With the high ratio of water I work with, it is necessary to paint horizontally. The repetition of using water in my work has become a ritual in my studio practice.

Future projects for 2017? 


I spent the first week of 2017 moving from Berlin back to Copenhagen. Im excited about being located in my home country again for a while. With that said I love travelling and exploring new cultures as it gives me inspiration and energy to be creative. Right now, I am in Costa Rica exploring a whole new climate and environment. I am hoping the cloud forests and waterfalls will leave their marks on my next paintings. In the spring, I have a one month residency in Portugal. There I will produce field studies of the surrounding landscape and implement this in a new series of large scale paintings.

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White Water Falls (2016)

Learn more about Johanne Lykke Poulsen here.

David Marmota: “The new has never attracted me as much as the old”.

Uncategorized December 8, 2016

David Marmota is a collage artist based in Barcelona. His work made out from vintage magazines is known for his geometrical patterns and colorful compositions. He has also collaborated with the band Doble Pletina since its very beginning. I really love this ‘quiz’ music video for their song Nada.

 Who is David Marmota?

The truth is I still haven’t figured out very well how to answer to that question. The easiest thing would be to me to say that I’m thirty-three years old, that  I watch films (I’m a fan of horror, noir, precode, from 1930-70 I could watch anything), I read books (A Night Among the Horses by Djuna Barnes is the last one I have read and I really liked it), and I buy magazines (Americans and French, late 50’s, early 60’s, because of the colours they use in the composition, they use a lot of color stain) which I use to cut all the time. I like pastel and golden colours. I also draw, take walks, and make a lot of mistakes, just like everybody does. Putting all this together make give a clue about who I am.

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What does nostalgia mean to you?                        

Well, as an invention to sell things of the past, right? I have always liked old things, but not for nostalgic reasons or anything. I guess the attraction that we feel for old things has to with a certain kind of sensibility, and I’ve felt this attraction since I was a kid. I don’t know, but it feels difficult to understand why cutting out a magazine from fifty years ago causes me more pleasure than cutting out a modern one. Since I was a kid the new has never attracted me as much as the old, but it has nothing to do with nostalgia.

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A fictional character that inspires you

 I can’t think of many fictional characters that inspire me, I prefer real people. Five people on my favourites list starting from above: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Cornell and Curtis Harrington. From Anger and Harrington, I really love Puce Moment and Night Tide. If I think about artist I have felt inspired by Agnes Martin o Corita Kent, just to name two.

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 What can we learn from ourselves through art?

I have learned a lot from myself (though not so much as to answer the first question). It teaches you to think about how to solve problems, to be more resolute, more practical, to look for the essential, and to leave aside what is not so important. 

 What are your next projects?

I would like to start 2017 animating my collages (now I’m planning how to do it), and getting some interesting proposal (I would love to exhibit my collages or to get something published with them). In the meantime, I will continue drawing, watching films, reading, and cutting out.

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