ARKEN ART PRIZE GOES TO FOS
Uncompromising social design, hovering coffee cups and immersive installations for the senses. On Thursday 16 March the ARKEN Art Prize was presented for the eleventh time, and this year’s recipient of the prize of DKK 100,000 is Danish artist Thomas Poulsen alias FOS.
FOS (b. 1971) is nationally and internationally acclaimed for his uncompromising works that explore the intersections between architecture, design, art and performance. The artwork itself may be a camping caravan, a soap factory, the furnishings of a fashion boutique, a concert programme or a floating bar. In works that combine functionality with popular appeal, FOS explores how our physical surroundings and social relations influence one another. His works take their point of departure in what he calls ‘social design’. The works all have in common that they reach out into society and everyday life.
“FOS is awarded the ARKEN Prize 2017, because of his critical social investigations of the ordinary life that unfolds between physical spaces and social situations. Based on his concept of ‘social design’ his experimental art disrupts our habitual thinking about what art is and should be.”
ARKEN Museum Director Christian Gether
ARKEN Travel Grant 2017
This year’s travel grants of DKK 50.000 were awarded to Astrid Myntekær and Peter Callesen.
Giant cocktails and hovering coffee cups
Nina Beier’s (b. 1975) enigmatic works consist of a wide variety of everyday objects in mysterious and subtle compositions. Squashed wigs, savaged china dogs and vases, giant cocktails and hovering coffee cups surprise us on the one hand as artworks, on the other as absurd transformations of the familiar. Her surreal works are at once profoundly complex and extremely simple in their playful defiance of the force of gravity, the relationship between life and death and a standard 1:1 understanding of scale. Pivoting on the element of surprise, Beier completely transforms reality.
Nina Beier has been awarded the ARKEN Travel Grant 2017 because she elegantly and critically shakes up our worldview. When our habitual notions and ideas are challenged for a while, the potential for new understandings arises.
Marie Kølbæk Iversen (b. 1981) works with photography, video, light and sound installations. Her works tempt us with their seductive finish and their accurate and apparently simple construction, but behind the minimalist expression of the works lie complex technical structures and concepts. In several of her works the viewer is given a central place. Kølbæk Iversen’s abstract, colourful patterns engage us bodily and immerse us in installations that are all about the body, physicality and phenomena such as phantom limb pains. The works cloak poetic and existential narratives about what it means to be human.
Marie Kølbæk Iversen is awarded the ARKEN Travel Grant 2017 for her distinctive ability to render visible invisible features such as bodily feelings and sensibilities. She expands the world of art by working across the boundaries of the sciences and the arts, as she gives pride of place to the vulnerable, sensing, active body.