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17 April 2015

High Density: Fragments, Stories and Traditions

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HIGH DENSITY; FRAGMENTS, STORIES AND TRADITIONS / JAVIER TAPIA / 17 APRIL – 16 MAY 2015

Gallery Christoffer Egelund proudly present our first solo exhibition with the Copenhagen-based Chilean artist Javier Tapia: High Density: Fragments, stories & traditions.

Javier Tapia invades the gallery space with enormous collages in which history of culture is unfolded from a personal point of view. The collages are the culmination of the artist’s diligent compiliation of visual material throughout the last three years.

An anti-hierarchical network of ideas and narratives takes form before the eyes of the spectator. This is the right place to be curious and to navigate through distant times and places. Cuttings from art magazines and animal encyclopedias sit side by side with pins, fragments of ropes and other objets trouvés. Together, they form a playful, yet ambitious, research of the history and development of representation.

The exhibition takes form of a total installation wherein we are allowed access to the personal universe of the artist through which we can discover our common world. In the accumulation of material, the artistic process is laid bare as dissected collective memory. Tapia’s artworks can be investigated as a visual language helpful in the subjetive (re)writing of the history of culture and nature on this planet of ours.

The collages seem systematical and messy at the same time, an effect achieved by allowing white spaces between the different elements of the collages. Some of the collage elements are chosen to lead their own independent lives in gray-scale photographic prints hung outside the collage entities. They function as clues or rallying points for the diversity of themes found in the collages.

In the aesthetic archive of Javier Tapia new democratic relations are formed when representations of highly regarded art objects are placed next to orange plastic spoons.

Javier Tapia (b. 1976, Chile) has been living and working in Copenhagen since 2001. He works conceptually and in media as diverse as painting, drawing, photography, collage, sculpture and video installation. He holds a MA in Fine Art from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2004-2010). His art works have been exhibited nationally and internationally i.e at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen; Salon Proceso, Los Angeles and Tophane St., Istanbul.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund cordially invites you to the opening of Javier Tapia: High Density: Fragments, stories & traditions Friday the 17th of April from 17-19. The artist will be present during the opening reception. The exhibition will run until 16th of May 2015. Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 11-18, Saturdays from 12-16. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: info@christofferegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00.

Javier Tapia

Date of birth: 10 – 05 – 1976, Santiago, Chile

Living in Copenhagen since 2001

CURRICULUM VITAE

UDDANNELSE / EDUCATION

2004-2010 Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi / Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Danmark. (Prof. Thomas Demand, Prof. Gerad Byrne og Prof. Florian Pumhôsl)
2009 UCLA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA. USA. (Prof. Mary Kelly)
1999-2001 Facultad de Bellas Artes, (Kunst teori) Universidad de Barcelona, Spanien
1994-1997 Artes Visuales (Visual Arts), PUC, Chile

FUTURE PROJECTS

– Conference at Charlottenborg Kunsthal with Curator Carl Martin Faurby (April 2015)
– Solo exhibition with HCØ HUS, artist run space in Copenhagen (2015-16)
– Screenings of films Travelling Dust with Camilo Ontiveros, Los Angeles and Montreal (2015-2016)
– Film Double Headed South screening in Santiago, Chile (November-December 2015)
– Exhibition with Peter Bonde at Statens Museum for Kunst in Chile (November 2015)
– Exhibition with Peter Bonde at D21 Kunsthalle in Chile (December 2015)
– New book by Peter Bonde in gallery Metales Plant Manufacturers (Heavy Metals) in Chile (January 2016)
– Film Double Headed South screenings in Copenhagen (February 2016)
– Book launch and exhibition with Peter Bonde at Andersen’s Contemporary in Copenhagen (February 2016)
– Book release (with Peter Bonde) – Publisher Metales Pesados (Heavy Metals) in Chile, Jan. – Feb. 2016
– Exhibition at VI, VII Gallery in Oslo (2016)
– Exhibition at The Museum of Glomska in Sweden (2016)

UDSTILLINGER / EXHIBITIONS

Solo udstillinger / Solo exhibitions

2016 Udstilling med Peter Bonde på VI, VII gallery i Oslo
2016 Udstilling med Peter Bonde for Museet for Glomska i Sverige
2015, November Udstilling med Peter Bonde på Statens Museum for Kunst i Chile
2015, December Udstilling med Peter Bonde på D21 Kunsthalle i Chile
2015-2016 Solo udstilling med HCØ HUS, artist run space, København, Danmark
2014 ”Travelling Dust” w/ Camilo Ontiveros – 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA
2013 ”Shared Problems Shared Questions” – Galería Tajamar, Santiago, Chile
2013 ”Solid Liquids” – Tophane St., Istanbul
2012 ”An Archeoogy of Motivations – case study Los Angeles” – Salon Proceso, Los Angeles, CA. USA
2012 ”Color Fields” – Experimentarium, Denmark
2011 ”Angst Journey, Where’s the Dead Man’s Chest” – WPA – Los Angeles, CA. USA
2010 ”A Platform Proposal / Fluid Trust No Judgment” – ALT CPH – Fabrikken – København, Danmark
2008 “Monte Carlo Club” – MAProjects, København, Denmark
2007 “A meeting point” – KKC, Klaipeda Kultur Center, Lithuania
2006 “The cloning and the egiptian laboratory chapter” w/ Al Masson. Andratx Kunsthalle, Mallorca, Spanien
2005 “SATURATION”– MAProjects – København, Denmark

Gruppe udstillinger / Group exhibitions

2014 SUMMERTIME 14 / THE BIG ANNUAL GROUP SHOW – Galleri Christoffer Egelund
2013 “Zeigen”– Group show, curated by Karin Sander – Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Tribute to Søren Kierkegaard – Fotografisk Center, curated by Gerard Byrne, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 SUMMERTIME 13 / THE BIG GROUP SHOW – Galleri Christoffer Egelund
2013 ”Echo” – Galleri Christoffer Egelund, København, Denmark
2011 ”Ok Corral” – Toves Galleri, København, Denmark
2010 ”Berlin Forum” Art Fair, Berlin, Tyskland
”Nordic Art Fair” – Martin Asbæk Gallery, København, Denmark
”Afgang”, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, København, Danmark
2009 ”Astronomical Frontiers”, BKS Garage – Henningsen Contemporary, København, Denmark

ANDRE PROJEKTER / Other projects
2015, April Konference på Charlottenborg Kunsthal med Kurator Carl Martin Faurby
2015-2016 Screenings af film Travelling Dust med Camilo Ontiveros, Los Angeles og Montreal
2014 “Travelling Dust” large film – Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2014 Residency at 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2013 Cazuela Social / Social sculpture – Galería Tajamar, Santiago – Chile
2013 ZEIGEN – Sound piece – We are ready – Nikolaj Kunsthal, curated by Karin Sander
2013 Residency – Istanbul / Statens Kunstrådet – SALT
2012 Old New Ideas Memorial Square – Hans Tavsens Park, Denmark
2012 Art Libre – digital platform – 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Pit Schultz, Artur Żmijewski and Joanna Warsza.
2011 Book release – IMO Projects – Copenhagen, Denmark
2010 Residency – MOCA House (Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA.) by Jorge Pardo
2015, November Udstilling med Peter Bonde på Statens Museum for Kunst i Chile
2015, December Udstilling med Peter Bonde på D21 Kunsthalle i Chile

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2014 Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles: Production (Travelling Dust – the show)
2014 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production (Travelling Dust – the show)
2014 Statens Kunstfond / Danish Arts Fond: Open Residency – 18 St. Arts Center – LA, USA.
2013 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Danish art abroad grant (Shared Questions / Shared Problems – Galeria Tajamar, Chile)
2013 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production (Shared Questions / Shared Problems – Galeria Tajamar, Chile)
2013 Statens Kunstfond / Danish Arts Fond: Travel Legat
2013 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production (Solid Liquids – Istanbul)
2013 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Residency in Istanbul – collaboration w/ SALT
2012 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Residency with LAX Art
2012 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production for a show in Los Angeles, CA
2012 PaNIK Art Award – Experimentarium and Statens Kunstfond / Danish Arts Council
2011 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production (book project).
2010 Statens Kunstrådet / Danish Arts Council: Production (Research project, LA)

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