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David Dellagi  Closed on Mondays

CGK Centre for Contemporary Art

3 November - 20 December 2018

Opening reception: Friday 2 November 5.30pm - 8.30pm


David Dellagi’s solo exhibition at CGK Centre for Contemporary Art, consisting of painting, sculpture and video, unfolds the vision of an imaginary and non-existing art museum. Thus, the artist explores his interest in exposing the artistic proces itself, as well as the institutions of the art world. Following this, the title of the show refers to the international phenomenon of museums and galleries being closed on Mondays. 

The concept of literally stepping into the work of art, or reversely of letting the work of art step out of its frame to engage in the “real” world is a theme that permeates all of the works in the exhibition. In a collage animation video, the artworks in an alternate universe version of a renowned museum of modern art come alive and engage in sexual interaction with each other as well as with the guests of the museum in a virtual explosion of Kama Sutra positions and surreal transformations, giving the expression “stepping into art” a whole new meaning. 

A series of paintings portray fictitious sculpture parks and installations of paintings that, in the frenzied imagination of the artist, become the stage of a mutating potpourri of artistic styles and genres. Relishing in parodic references to celebrated icons of Modernism, such as Picasso, Leger and Moore, the quoted artworks are let loose in museum hallways like mad, erotic and death-defying creatures. 

The floor of the old machine hall at CGK is the setting of a “sculpture park” consisting of large-scale figures made of mixed materials and found objects, utilising the expressive laissez faire handling of materials that also characterise the paintings in the exhibition. The shape of the figures hint at an irreverent Giacometti spoof; but other themes are also touched upon, such as fatal encounters with baby accessories, not to mention butt cheek fixation, without forgoing more traditional artistic themes such as anxiety and sexual confusion.

Closed on Mondays is an exhibition about inspiration, that in itself inspires, courtesy of its unfettered approach to excessive imagining, while simultaneously provoking via its satire of the snobbism of the art world. 

The exhibition is curated by Simon Ganshorn.

David Dellagi has produced a remarkably rich and diverse body of work, ranging from painting, sculpture and collage to film. He made his artistic debut at The Artist’s Autumn Exhibition (KE), in Copenhagen in 1993. Since then, he has exhibited widely in places such as Skive Kunstmuseum, Rønnebæksholm, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Danish Graphics Association, as well as in New York, London, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Mexico City.

The exhibition opens with a reception Friday 2 November 5.30pm - 8.30 pm.

From 3 November - 20 December open by appointment. Contact:  cbykunst@gmail.com

CGK Centre for Contemporary Art, Pasteursvej 7, 1799 Copenhagen V

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David Dellagi
HANDMADE ANATOMY

Private view: Friday 19 January 5-8 pm
Exhibition period: 20-21 January 12-17 pm
PVC, Åboulevard 9c, 1635 Copenhagen V

In this pop-up exhibition, David Dellagi presents paintings, sculptures and animated collage films concerned with the refurnishing of the interior, as well as the exterior, of human anatomy.

The works in the exhibition are inspired by a quote by English 17th Century painter-poet William Blake: “Man has no body distinct from his soul; for that called body is a portion of soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of soul in this age”.  In a modern - and humorous - take on this statement, Dellagi explores the possibility of humankind developing new physical sense organs, thus expanding the “inlets to the soul” and our perception of reality.
 
In the ecstatically hallucinatory hope of this development coming to a pass, the spirit and the flesh will be present, not only on the walls and floor of the gallery, but also in the wine glasses and in the beef stew which will be served at the private view.
 
David Dellagi works with painting, sculpture, collage and film. He has exhibited at Museum Krydsfeldt Skive, Rønnebæksholm, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, The Danish Graphics Association as well as in New York, London, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Mexico City.

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DAVID DELLAGI: THE CARNIVAL - PRESS RELEASE
 
KIKshh, SCT HANS CHAPEL 8 - 23 April 2017

The Carnival presents new paintings, films and sculptures by David Dellagi.
 
The exhibition takes its inspiration from the carnival, the circus, the freak show and the cabaret. The Russian literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin is renowned for his interpretation of the medieval carnival as characterized by satire, rebellion and protest against existing norms. This interpretation permeates the exhibition. Dellagi acknowledges that this is a reaction to a dominant trend in contemporary art, namely the recycling of styles and motifs characteristic of the pioneers of classical Modernism, such as Matisse and Picasso. He engages in a discussion with this current trend, its embracement of the art historical mainstream and its implicit rejection of the esoteric, the misfit and the peripheral. He goes back to the source, providing a different take on the use of classical Modernism; in a series of large-scale paintings marionette puppets, animal carcasses, clowns, infantile characters and different styles are interwoven with Matisse's compositions.
 
Artists’ assaults on other artists’ iconic artworks are not without precedent, the primary example perhaps being Duchamp’s adding a moustache to a reproduction of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, in his ready-made L.H.O.O.Q. (1919). In Dellagi’s case, however,  "the assault" seems to open up full-bodied, multilayered narratives and is therefore rather a fusion of diverse sensibilities and aesthetic standpoints. Inside the works of Matisse, he has placed Chinese boxes of narratives and visual reference points, all pointing in the direction of the weird and to esoteric detours, certainly as a counterpoint to Matisse's relatively prosaic motives, such as everyday life in the artist’s studio, fruit bowls and nude models.
 
Following  this, the cut-out animation short film Madisse utilises Matisse's color saturated universe as the backdrop to a mysterious crime thriller, sometimes infantile slapstick comedy, sometimes science fiction tale - with narrative threads that are inexplicably cut off and picked up again. The unique meeting between Matisse’s ornamental flat style and the carnivalesque pops out in full bloom in the figures and objects – executed in wood - that are spread over the floor of the chapel's nave, evoking associations to both stage sets and a carnival procession, as well as to collage elements detached from their background. Thus, the juxtapositions of highly diverse visual expressions aim at encouraging the viewer to reflect on the possibility of aesthetic transformation of conventional thinking and taste.

Jeppe Kruse is the curator of the exhibition, which is co-sponsored by Kulturpuljen Roskilde.


David Dellagi works with painting, sculpture, collage and film. He has exhibited at Skive Kunstmuseum, Rønnebæksholm, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, The Danish Graphics Association as well as in New York, London, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Mexico City.

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DAVID DELLAGI: WEIRDO CINEMA - PRESS RELEASE

EKS-RUMMET 14 - 29 January 2017

The new exhibition at Eks-rummet, with the fitting title Weirdo Cinema, premieres three new video works by David Dellagi.

Dellagi builds miniature tableaus consisting of collages that are animated by being carefully moved around and photographed with a digital still camera, frame by frame. The handmade quality of the cut out animation is an important part of Dellagi's aesthetic style, which also seeks to maintain the tactility and texture of the original collage material.

In the three works, different aspects of the photographic collage are explored cinematically; All Dolls are Collectible can perhaps best be described as a blue- tinted musical ode to porcelain- and plastic dolls of all kinds and sizes, developing listlessly from irony towards pathos, while Pierrot Lunaire is a black and white Georges Méliés-inspired tragic farce that has Marcel Marceau performing in a lunar Wunderkammer of bodybuilders, animals and machines. In Madisse, one of the icons of classical Modernism is treated to a subversive knock-out in Technicolor, with stylistic traits from Pop Art, kitsch and camp being utilized to relentlessly attack 'good taste’ in a francophile creme cake of eccentric proportions. Taken as a whole, the works contain a unique blend of stinging satire, innocence and over-the-top visual imagination, taking the leap into phantasmagoria all the way to the end.

David Dellagi works with painting, sculpture, collage and film. His work has been exhibited widely in DK and abroad, including at Skive Kunstmuseum, Rønnebæksholm, Kunstbygningen i Vrå, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art, Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Danske Grafikeres Hus and Sylvia White Gallery.