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Birk Bjørlo

Birk Bjørlo - New Positions - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2022
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Birk Bjørlo - New Positions - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2022

Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021
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Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021

Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021
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Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021

Birk Bjørlo - Abiogenesis - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2019
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Birk Bjørlo - Abiogenesis - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2019

Birk Bjørlo - O.053 - Ink, oil, pigment and epoxy on board - 122 x 80 cm
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Birk Bjørlo - O.053 - Ink, oil, pigment and epoxy on board - 122 × 80 cm

Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021
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Birk Bjørlo - O is for Supper - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2021

Birk Bjørlo - O.037 - Ink, oil, pigment and epoxy on board - 122 x 78,5 x 4,5 cm - 2020
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Birk Bjørlo - O.037 - Ink, oil, pigment and epoxy on board - 122 × 78,5 × 4,5 cm - 2020

Birk Bjørlo - Abiogenesis - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2019
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Birk Bjørlo - Abiogenesis - Installation view - Gether Contemporary 2019

Birk Bjørlo - Conichalcite - 202 x 152 cm - 2019 - (back)
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Birk Bjørlo - Conichalcite - 202 × 152 cm - 2019 - (back)

Algae, minerals, streams, oceans and cell formations are the main inspiration in Birk Bjørlo's paintings, which, like acids, burn through existing architectural frameworks and create new spaces without any walls. Spaces where potentials, materials and fluids flow together and create compositions that balance somewhere between chaos and control. The abstract spaces in Birk Bjørlo's works draw on the meditative, the bodily and the contemplative, while presenting the whole of the world by containing both the largest and smallest components that we know of.

In Bjørlo's practice, the focus is on time and on the slow process. By lingering in front of the, seemingly, empty canvas as an essential part of his workflow, Birk Bjørlo breaks with painting traditions, habits and with his own preconceived ideas about the finished work. Through this slow process, Bjørlo reaches a kind of zero point, through which he is able to give in to the coincidences and to the opportunities they bring him. Bjørlo thus works in the span between, on the one hand, controlling the random process, and on the other hand letting random actions take him in completely new directions. There is therefore always a dialectical curiosity associated with Bjørlo's process and in his technically superior study of the abstract, where he and his works clearly demonstrate what paint, epoxy and pigments actually manage in their fusion on a simple and organic wood surface.

Bjørlo's works are an overall study of, abiogenesis, the origin of life that took place

long before bodies appeared from the oceans of the world. The paintings place their viewers in a primordial soup of molecules and bacteria, and let one dive into the world that existed before life actually arose. The potential of the blank canvas thus reflects the enormous space of possibility that abiogenesis itself is a picture of. The finished paintings appear as fragile mysteries and as lifes that started far too soon; a body too small to be carried out in the sun, and which seems to fall apart if it came in contact with the actual world.

The "motifs" of Birk Bjørlo’s works are surprisingly recognizable and offer an immediate bodily resonance within the viewer. With their alluring materiality and sculptural dimensions, they seem both vibrant and dynamic despite their actual surface. The individual paintings take the form of images that contain a sense of the wholeness and complexity of everything, and are at the same time both lush Nordic landscapes, microscopic cells, bacteria and cosmic movements.

A Nordic islet also seems to be found in Bjørlo's works. The foundation for each of the paintings consists of a wooden board, on which the pigments form with and against the veins of the wood.

The tactile surfaces of the paintings become like dynamic and infinite landscapes in both its detail and in its entirety. The immediate surface of the works is only a cover for the mental space of perceptual exploration, into which the audience is invited when faced with one of Bjørlo's paintings. Here no words are sufficient and we are ascribed to a meditative and contemplative elsewhere. About his practice, the artist himself says:

“I believe in a language beyond words. I believe that in an encounter between art and the body, some physical and mental experiences can arise that go beyond our linguistic understanding of the world. I think it is important to insist on the relevance of art in the present, in time and in seriousness ”.

Birk Bjørlo (f.1986, NO) lives and works i Copenhagen. Bjørlø is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 2014. Birk Bjørlo has solo exhibited at Elephant Kunsthall i Lillehammer (NO), Trignac Projects (FR), Gether Conmtemporary (DK), Showrrom (SE), Galleri Kant (DK) and he has participated in group exhibitions at Huset for Kunst og Design (DK), &Model (UK), Galerie Weissraum (JP), KH7 ARt Space (DK). The works of Birk Bjørlo is acquired by Ny Carlsbergfondet and Statens Kunstfond.


Selected Exhibitions & Projects

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ABIOGENESIS

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Birk Bjørlo

Born 1986, Hønefoss, Norway

Education

2013 - 2014

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. Copenhagen, DK – Professor Thomas Locher

2012 - 2013

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf Professor Tal R.

2011-2012

Sculpture Department Charlottenborg – Professor Martin Erik Andersen

2010-2011

Painting Department – Professor Tumi Magnusson

2008 - 2014

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. Copenhagen

Solo exhibitions

2021

O is for Supper, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

2019

Abiogenesis, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

2017

Snailtrails and Other Signs of Existence, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, NO

2016

I Took a Look at the Sun and it Gave Me a Headache, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

Ursuppe, (Duo) med Lea Guldditte Hestelund, Treignac Projet, FR

2014

0 is a Place Where I Eat My Breakfast, Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

Trying to Paint with My Back to the World, Showroom, Malmö, SE

2013

: coloured signs., Galleri Kant,København, Dk

Det som er, og det som kunne være, (Duo) med Tyra Tingleff, Bks Garage, Copenhagen, DK

2011

A.R., (Duo) med Magnus Andersen, pop up gallery, Copenhagen, DK

Group exhibitions:

2022

‘New Positions’ Group exhibition at Gether Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

Substantial investors moving markets on their own, Group exhibition, Elephant Kunsthall, Lillehammer, NO

Duo exhibition ‘Cleanstep’ with Lea Gulditte Hestelund, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, DK

2020

oVo, (Duo) med Lea Guldditte Hestelund, 3 x solo, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, DK

2018

Smudge Cleanse, Kvit Galleri, København, DK

Wundercammer An Epistemological Buffet, KH 7 Artspace, Aarhus, DK

2016

EKPGO 2016 (del af Tegnebiennalen Oslo), Oslo, NO

MeMeMemories, Galleri Møller Witt, Aarhus, DK

Allesverloren, SØ, København DK

2014

A room of one´s own, ApArt, Copenhagen, DK

AFGANG 2014, Charlottenborg Kunsthall, Copenhagen, DK

2013

Scenery, & Model, Leeds, UK

Kritikklassen, Galleri Q, København, Dk

The untitled, Galleri Kant, København, Dk

Rundgang 2013, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, DE

2012

Intermezzo, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen, DK

2011

Das Komabrutale Duell , Tidens Krav, Oslo, NO

Snow Blind, Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto, JP

2010

Sne Blind, Bks Garage, København, DK

MUDshow #2- Theres No Place Like Home, Joungstorget Oslo, NO

If Everyting Ellse Fails , Entré, Bergen, NO

2009

MUDshow #1- Den Gode – Den Onde – Den Grimme, Copenhagen, DK

Langt Inn I Skauen Erre Bare Mer Skau, Viul skog, NO

Young Bucks, Byens Kro, Copenhagen, DK

Artist in residence

2017

Nordisk Kunstnersenter Dale, Dale, NO

2016

Treignac Projet, Treignac, FR

Public collections

Ny Carlsberg Fondet

Via University Campus Nord, Aarhus

Statens Kunstfond