12 MAY 2021
PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT: ANDREA VILLALÓN
The gallery is proud to announce that on 03 June 2021 we will present the debut European solo-exhibition by Mexican painter and glass artist Andrea Villalón.
Interested in exploring the complex web of issues surrounding intimacy and representation, Villalón’s unflinching and surreal self-portraits are based on a diagnostic analysis of her own changing internal conditions.
“My paintings are the record of the time, my time. Each image is a scene in my life like a scene from a movie. The protagonists are the objects that I own or possessed, the light that I saw and that saw me back, the spaces that I live emotionally and literally, my furniture, my food, everything. They are also self-portraits, although sometimes you don’t see me. My paintings are my reflection and my witness. They are also the dark side of myself, where old secrets dwell and come to light when I paint and then study to get to know myself better. “ - Andrea Villalón
In addition to her painting practice, in 2016 Villalón founded the digital and physical exhibition platform @conchaelectrica which continues to build a sense of community and provide important visibility for underrepresented women artists working internationally.
Villalón is currently exchanging thoughts and ideas about how to promote female artists and their platforms with Bianca Menna/Tomaso Binga, who shares the same pursuit. This exchange by letter will be published on the occasion of Menna’s solo-exhibition at Brigade in October.
07 MAY 2021
PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT - ERIC DOERINGER
Brigade is thrilled to announce that on 15 July we will present: “I Copy Therefore I Am”, the debut Scandinavian solo exhibition by American artist Eric Doeringer (b. 1974).
Since the early 2000s Doeringer has been producing faithful miniature facsimiles of some of the most heralded works of Western contemporary art, as part of his ongoing “Bootleg” Series.
Inspired by the aesthetics of the counterfeit luxury handbag sellers working on Canal Street in NY, Doeringer began to apply a similar ideology to the artworks exhibited in Soho’s blue-chip galleries. However, he is keen to distinguish his transparent intentions towards homage from any willful deceit or forgery.
Often favouring works that themselves have a strong conceptual grounding, Doeringer’s practice is a conscious reflection on the murky delineation between sanctioned appropriation and unapproved fakery in an art-world that is often more concerned with authenticity than imagery.
For his exhibition at Brigade, Doeringer will present a signature series of painted reproductions that continues his project of making iconic fine-art imagery accessible to a wider public.
01 MAY 2021
INTERVIEW WITH OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
MICHAEL BANK CHRISTOFFERSEN
To co-incide with the opening of BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1, the gallery’s artistic director Michael Bank Christofferson offered some reflections on his curatorial method, and on the function of the Brigade Gallery Archive:
"The archive is a way for Brigade to highlight works of art that are of interest and high quality, but not currently penned into our exhibition programme.
The way our planning works doesn’t always allow us to utilise all the works we have access to or that have been produced through our residency in Havana; which is a primary reason for us to highlight these pieces through our Archives Exhibition instead.
The programme at Brigade is eclectic, though with a focus on art which breaks new ground or stands apart. We are always on the look out for pieces that are explorative in an artist’s oeuvre or iconic/representative of the artists’ practise as a whole.
For BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1 we have sought to highlight some of the new perspectives that have been developed during the quarantine, which has obviously given quite a few artists the time and space to revisit their practise and experiment.
It has also given us the opportunity to highlight spheres of current interest, as seen in the post-Google art of Ry David Bradley and Petra Cortright, who are rightly gaining more prominence at present.
After the dreariness of quarantine we have definitely sought to include works that can remedy the darkness of winter and lockdown. My impression is that everyone would like to counter recent events with a declaration of life and of enjoyment, without forgetting what has just passed.
I think this recent period of global closure has made it even more pressing to make sure that the individual art scenes aren’t limited to only local productions and artists.
Art is about communication and about the exchange of ideas and sentiments. For these reasons it is pivotal that we offer up a node of exchange, not only through our exhibition programme, but in all of our endeavours.
It would be a great sadness if the current situation gave rise to insular and closed off societies. "
15 APRIL 2021
NOW OPEN - BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1
Brigade is pleased to announce the opening of BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1, a group exhibition featuring new works, as well as favourites from the Brigade gallery archive.
Exhibiting artists include: Alex Da Corte, Andrius Zakarauskas, Artemio, Brian Montuori, Kasper Sonne, Kristian Touborg, Nhozagri, Petra Cortright, Ry David Bradley and Zane Lewis.
Following the easing of COVID restrictions and the completion of extensive renovation work, the gallery and our onsite bookshop/café will now return to regular public opening hours (Tuesday-Friday; 12:00-18:00, Saturday; 11:00 - 15:00).
Installation photos of the exhibition can be found here.
06 APRIL 2021
NEW SALES/ARTIST LIAISON KAREN FOSS BECKER
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Sales/Artist Liaison Karen Foss Becker.
Karen will help in the ongoing development of Brigade’s relationships with collectors, museums and gallery artists. Joining us from Sotheby’s, she brings with her years of experience working with important private collections both inside Scandinavia and beyond.
We very much look forward to working together.
Welcome to Brigade Karen.
31 MARCH 2021
NICOLE COSON & GARRETT PRUTER
Brigade is thrilled to announce that on 21 August we will be presenting a duo exhibition by Nicole Coson (b. 1992) and Garrett Pruter (b. 1987).
Both based in London, the two artists each incorporate painting, installation, digital imagery and performative elements into their respective practices, and share an interest in the aesthetics of that which is seen but remains unexamined.
Creating works that act as “architectural interventions” into familiar spaces, Coson investigates how ideas of visibility or concealment inform our contemporary understanding of memory, trauma and identity.
Similarly interested to explore how the disappearance of images or the overlooking of absurd phenomena informs our experience of late-capitalism, Pruter frequently returns to images that appear “endlessly recycled and reconfigured.”
For their exhibtion in August, the gallery looks forward to presenting the first series of collaborative works to be produced by Coson and Pruter, as well as new works by each of the artists individually.
BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1
15 APRIL - 27 MAY
ALEX DA CORTE / ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS / ARTEMIO / BRIAN MONTUORI / KASPER SONNE / KRISTIAN TOUBORG / NHOZAGRI / PETRA CORTRIGHT / RY DAVID BRADLEY / ZANE LEWIS
12 MARCH 2021
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1
The gallery is thrilled to announce the first exhibition in our upcoming programme for the rest of the year: Brigade Archives #1, a group show featuring new works alongside favourites from the Brigade archive.
Exploring the cross-cultural affinities between artists whose different investigations of contemporary experience incorporate Pop iconography, quotidian materials and the visual language of post-Google painting, the exhibition will open on Thursday 15 April and will continue until 27 May 2021.
Exhibiting artists will include:
Alex Da Corte, Andrius Zakarauskas, Artemio, Brian Montuori, Kasper Sonne, Kristian Touborg, Nhozagri, Petra Cortright, Ry David Bradley and Zane Lewis
04 MARCH 2021
GALLERY UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS
The gallery will be closed from 01 March whilst we undergo renovation work and general spring cleaning (brand new floors here we come).
Brigade will be re-opening after Easter with a full exhibition programme for the rest of the year; we are excited to share more with you about some of our fantastic upcoming collaborations.
Watch this space for more news soon. Until then, have a great March from all of us at the gallery.
19 FEBRUARY 2021
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIANCA MENNA
Congratulations to the artist and poet Bianca Menna who is celebrating her 90th birthday today.
Working under the pseudonym Tomaso Binga since 1977, Bianca Pucciarelli Menna (b. 1931 in Salerno, Italy) first adopted the masculine moniker to subvert the artworld’s sexist bias against women artists.
We are honoured to announce that in Autumn 2021, Brigade will present the first solo exhibition in Scandinavia by Tomaso Binga. The exhibition will be an extensive survey of Binga's prolific career, displaying historic pieces alongside a new body of work created especially for the show.
We very much look forward to the collaboration. Buon compleanno Bianca!
22 JANUARY 2021
"THE COSMIC WALL"
Speaking to the compulsive and repetitive habits we find ourselves gravitating towards in times of restriction and solitude, the garish and somewhat sinister appearance of Nowak’s performative persona resembles both an impotent puppet-master and a puppet without a guiding influence. Nowak’s work reminds us not only of a Sisyphean punishment but also of Penelope's shroud-weaving in its repetitive rhythm and the meditative, self-absorbed nature of its gestures. At the same time, the performance's placement in the hyper-visible space of the gallery’s first-floor windows raises important questions about internal and external division and the inter-relation between estrangement, well-being, exclusion and assimilation.
07 JANUARY 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR - SEE YOU SOON (WELL, MAYBE)
In line with the government’s most recent COVID advice for businesses in Copenhagen, the gallery will remain closed to the public until the 28th of February.
But fear not! We will be posting artworks from the gallery archive and working hard across all our digital platforms to keep your art appetites ticking over in the meantime
To hear more about specific work or to request a PDF from one of our recent shows, we are always available, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our webstore is also open 24/7 and regularly updated with new products! We will continue to ship out all orders during this difficult period to help bring a slice of the art world to you at home.
Stay safe and Happy New Year from everyone at Brigade, we look forward to seeing you soon.
27 NOVEMBER 2020
NOW OPEN: PREPARATION – CURATED BY IMPORTANT MAGAZINE
In many ways, PREPARATION is an immersive extension of the editorial strategy that Lizet Hee Olesen and Anne Strandfelt have been developing in their magazine over the past three years. Intuition and serendipity are guiding principles. Artworks that achieve a potency of affect and produce vivid sensory experience are prioritised.
With the exhibition's curators relying more on a faith in subjectivity rather than an attempting to promote a particular thesis, the body, its senses and the capacity for art to enact a material effect on human lives all lie at the heart of this exhibition.
Installation photos of the exhibition can be found here.
20 NOVEMBER 2020
NOW OPEN: PREPARATION – CURATED BY IMPORTANT MAGAZINE
Brigade is pleased to announce the opening on 27 November of PREPARATION, a multi-disciplinary group show curated by the founders of IMPORTANT Magazine, Lizet Hee Olesen and Anne Strandfelt.
Extending the gallery's interest in showcasing differing approaches to future aesthetics, PREPARATION identifies the role that spirituality might play (alongside advances in digital technologies) in shaping our collective consciousness in the future.
The press release is accessible here.
10 NOVEMBER 2020
CRIT - RY DAVID BRADLEY & PETRA CORTRIGHT
In the latest Brigade Crit, Petra Cortright and Ry David Bradley talk about the specificities of their practices, discuss the state of post-Internet art, review the challenges of this pandemic year and reflect on their recent solo exhibitions at our gallery.
The Ry David Bradley x Petra Cortright Crit is accessible right here.
10 OCTOBER 2020
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: PETRA CORTRIGHT
We are delighted to announce that we will open Petra Cortright’s exhibition Rouge Vif d’Étampes on 24 October. Cortright is a notable member of what became known at the ‘Post Internet’ art movement of the mid-to-late 2000s. Her multifaceted artistic practice stems from creating and manipulating digital files, but although digitally conceived her artworks physically exist in many forms - printed onto archival surfaces, projected onto existing architecture, or mechanically carved from stone.
Petra Cortright’s exhibition Rouge Vif d’Étampes will be open for public viewing from 24 October to 21 November 2020.