Artist Mette Tommerup presents a complex installation of paintings, objects and ephemera, invoking a narrative stream of information and imagery. The ocean is used as a springboard for an exploration of the way the mind works in our digital world.
Tommerup is better known for piquant and often provocative expressionistic paintings inspired by internet image searches. She initiated this project as part of an effort to literally wash away her old assumptions and approaches to art. Using the ocean both as a grand metaphor and a physical portal, she decided to go back to ground zero and think about what paintings can be. This led her to a series of experiments that have something of the flavor of postwar avant-garde movements like Gutai, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Tommerup attached small oil paintings of the sea to a string and immersed them in the ocean. Some broke free and disappeared, others were brought back, battered and discolored by salt and water.
Mette Tommerup is a painter based in Miami. Originally from Denmark, Tommerup has held numerous solo exhibitions in Copenhagen as well as group shows in Berlin and Basel. Tommerup relocated to Miami in the late 90’s after living and studying in New York City for many years. Tommerup has exhibited at The Chelsea Art Museum, Exit Art and the American Acdemy of Arts and Letters in New York City. In Miami, Tommerup has exhibited at The Bass, PAMM and The Frost Museum and has work in many private collections including work in the permanent collection of PAMM. Ocean Loop will be Tommerup’s 3rd solo show at Emerson Dorsch Gallery.
Talk by artist Tommerup / curator Debra Bricker Balken
Feb 15, 2018, 6 PM
2014, 151 NW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33127