Anne Mette Larsen
ON THE OTHER SIDE#2
Textile tiles and strange animations
7.09. – 19.09.2012
«On the 9th of June 2012, most Danes became aware of the location of Kharkov on the world map. That was the day Denmark played against Holland and won 2-1 at Metalist Stadion. It was also the day I experienced my first soccer match. …..and it was in Kharkov that my bicycle trip ended in May 2009 that I first lost my heart to the city.
On the Other Side (Auf der anderen Seite) has become a long story which in short describes in 3 parts, cycling from Berlin to Moskva and creating textiles out of these impressions. This exhibition shows the 2nd part of the trip through Ukraine to Kharkov near the Russian border.
It is on the other side of the wall as well as the other side of the tapestry, and it was never the intention that Ukraine would be the focus point, as it was just a landscape on the road… while searching for concrete, yet lingered awhile, returning again… and found so much more.
The trip was 1500 km through Ukraine on all kinds of roads. 32 days in may».
3 works of art are on display at TSEKH Gallery:
MORE ASPHALT TO UKRAINE – THE MOVIE
DERZHPROM - losing ones heart to 60.000m2 concrete
ECONOMY CLASS - a story about a bag
“…about my work, fascination and inspiration…
My visual motivation for creating patterns and compositions almost always stems from buildings. In particular, my “textile brain” is triggered by the ghetto structures in Eastern Europe with their endless repetitions. The patterns of the facades form the basis for dissolution deconstruction, and the absence and ”good taste” wipes the colour slate clean. I went there to experience concrete; huge formations of housing blocks constructed in the 1960s and 70s, the endless rows of doors, windows and balconies. Equidistant and identical in size, block after block; a raw and sparse expression, except that wasn’t what I saw. I saw fruit trees in bloom along the streets, freshly painted houses in bright colours, well-tended gardens where eerie, tiny scrap of land was put to good use. There were geese, duck, cows and goats along the roadside and some people were busy adding a golden dome to a beautiful old wooden church. Still, in my minds eye I imagined these same houses and dirt roads in January, when the temperature drops to minus 20 degrees and the Russians turn off the gas supply… but right then it was springtime!
The Textile medium is my expression, and the loom and the computer is my tools.
On working across the borders of multiple media
There is something about the basic construction of a tapestry that makes a great match for pixel-based programs. I work in vertical and horizontal lines, because the threads cross each other at straight angles. So if match a pixel with a thread, I can make a very precise patterns and wind up with finished weaving files that I can do directly in my work. The computer also gives me a more open and dynamic working process and the ability to express underlying thoughts. By now the digital medium has become an integrated part of my expression and my working methods and it serves both as a tool and as a work in its own right. That’s a great enrichment that I wouldn’t want to be without. In addition it’s fun and just as nerdy as the thing about the threads….
I don’t see myself purely as a crafts artist. I express myself through weaving, since that is after all, my profession. In a purely technical sense, I use the possibilities and limitations of the loom to create a field of work that will accommodate a creative process.”
Anne Mette Larsen
Silkeborg / Denmark