Kristian Kragelund is a Danish painter and video artist, whose art explores notions of time and change created through reactions of different materials and objects. Born in 1987, Kragelund studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating in 2014. In addition, the artist also attended New York Film Academy, The European Film College and Pratt Institute. As an artist in residence, he enrolled into the ALTO RED Studios program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In the earlier days of his artistic expressions, Kristian was more focused on making video art. Kragelund describes his videos as
a mixture of digital and analogue noise and distorted yet recognizable figures, shapes and movements. Amazed by a body’s ability to express and convey emotion and information, the artist attempts to explore fields of thought and method, and ultimately alter the synthesized perception that builds up in people through society and medias. By constructing his own visual language, Kragelund exceeds the communication barrier, and continues his search of authenticity and truth. Examples that illustrate Kristian’s strivings are Skygger – a film about the reflections and shadows cast by static noises, and Howl, January – a video-painting of the modern man, aimless and captivated by the soothing noise of his surroundings. Today, his interests shifted towards installation and the unusual and unique painting style which he developed.
I find that art operates within a codex of structures, a language if you will, that on the same paramount level as linguistics defines its own parameters and boundaries and which prime function is the communication of information.
As a painter, Kristian Kragelund works in a rather unusual way. None of his paintings are actually created using a common oil or acrylic paint. Instead, Kristian manipulates with different chemical processes, such as oxidation and deterioration, to create pieces that could be referred to as staged expressionism. Like a sort of an alchemist, Kragelund places various reactive materials and then applies activators on the given surface, thus starting reaction that alters the original objects. As the new forms are created, the artist explores how relationship between medium, content and spectator is established and sustained. Some of his works emerged when he treated chain attached to stretcher with acid and chemicals, or in a process of applying acid on canvas with homemade steel-infused enamel.
Through his installations, Kristian gives personal reflection on the concept of temporality and fluidity of time, and explores time’s ability to severely alter the exhibited artworks. One example of Kristian Kragelund’s time-based installations is his final graduation piece, Formation. Placed in a fragile state of perfect balance, steel plates are positioned in pairs, leaning one to other. As the time passes by, the whole installation starts to change and transform, as metal expands and shrinks according to temperature. The perfect stillness and sense of balance then appears so fragile, as its temporariness and impermanence creates the extreme tension when facing the work.
Featured image: Portrait of the artist
All images courtesy Kristian Kragelund
|2017||The August Show||Galleri Jacob Bjprn, Aarhus, DK||Group|
|2017||Artist Rooms||Encounter, London, UK||Group|
|2017||KP17||Aarhus Kunsthal, Aarhus, DK||Group|
|2017||You were high when I was doomed||IMT Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2016||Void, with Wayne Warren||EdgenProject, London, UK||Group|
|2016||Paraschematic||Display Gallery, London, UK||Solo|
|2016||Reactive Painting||Finale Art File,nManila, PH||Solo|
|2015||The Wrong – Digital Art Biennale||Arebyte Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2015||Kontrol||Galleri Tom Christoffersen,nCopenhagen, DK||Solo|
|2015||A Sequence of Nows||Display Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2015||When Words Collide II||Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK||Group|
|2015||GROUP(15)||Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DK||Group|
|2014||Untitled group show||Arcane Studios, London, UK||Group|
|2014||The Hix Award 2014||Cock'n'Bull Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2014||May Occur||The Rag Factory, London, UK||Group|
|2013||Star, Food and Wine||Waxwing Exhibitions, London, UK||Group|
|2013||Art at Treberfydd||Treberfydd House, Wales, UK||Group|
|2013||Sixth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival||Alys Beach, Florida, USA||Group|
|2013||PUNK-SALON||Schwartz Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2013||Untitled Exhibition||PRATT Institute Installation Basement, New York, USA||Group|
|2013||Untitled Exhibition (with Jennifer Farrow)||PRATT Institute Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA||Duo|
|2013||Moving Image Arts Festival||Hong Kong, China||Group|
|2013||Group Show||The Space, Hong Kong, China||Group|
|2013||Group Show||Plum Blossoms Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China||Group|
|2013||Group Show||Gallery 27, London, UK||Group|
|2012||Hidden.Exposed||Mile End Art Pavilion, London, UK||Group|
|2012||Neo:Artprize 2012||Neo Studios, Bolton, UK||Group|
|2012||Accidental Festival 2012||Roundhouse, London, UK||Group|
|2012||One Place is Another||Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK||Group|
|2012||An Unfinished World (Artists' Shorts)||Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK||Group|
|2011||Magmart - Video Under Volcano||International videoart festival, Naples, Italy||Group|
|2010||I am Abnormal 2||Abnormals Gallery, Berlin, Germany and Poznan, Poland||Group|