Contemporary Art

Morten Andersen

Denmark 1976

Urban Art, Graffiti, Abstract Art

Morten Andersen
Morten Andersen
November 27, 2014
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The art of Morten Andersen is based on his need to overcome the media and is conducted by a search for a different result respectively forms. Whether he deals with walls or canvases, the artist remains focused on the inner relations between the elements within the surface in order to accentuate the potentials of three dimensionalities. Actually, Andersen’s works represent a particular mix of chaos and clarity and are visually suggestive in the sense of providing the viewer with a feeling of cosmic balance and complexity. Although it is not his agenda it seems like Andresen is dedicated to examining the optical possibilities of two-dimensional images in real time accordingly to the phenomenon of digital culture and mass consumption of the same.

Morten Andersen - Next-Never, 2013
Morten Andersen – Next-Never, 2013

Worth of Effort

Morten Andersen is born in 1976, in Aalborg, Denmark. He is basically a self-taught artist and has educated himself through travels around the globe. During the 90’s he got caught with graffiti and during the last decade transferred to canvas. The tools like spray paint, markers, and acrylics Andresen uses remained the same. As the time passed by and art was changing, certain styles grow and Morten Andersen became a representative of the new Urban art.

Anderson is known for his massive urban-inspired paintings

The video shows a painting on an exhibition in London and Berlin in 2012 and 2011.
Morten Andersen – Reign of the Tech

Constructing Personal Aesthetics

The constellations of shapes, colors and forms and their visual influence on human emotional states is of Andersen’s particular interest. Almost systematically, the artists gradually combine the colors in order to achieve lively formations that are similar to digital disruptions like glitches or any kind of broken algorithms. The dominant straight lines are intersected with markers and there is not any indication of lettering. The way Andersen applies paint to geometric areas and expresses transparent shapes can suggest how much time he spends thinking about the meaning and conditionality of space. In order to achieve the full effect of the impression of movement, Andersen meticulously implements color gradation with layers of green, brown, yellow and blue.

Rough, abstract forms and hand styled lines and pattern

Morten Andersen - Artwork, 2014
Morten Andersen – Artwork, 2014

Drawing Inspiration

Andersen’s inspiration and style come from both Asger Jorn, one of the founding members of the avant-garde movement COBRA, and painter Per Kirkeby. Their expressiveness, intuition, and explosions of color served as a good example on hand, while on the other hand completely different aspects of plasticity and geometry were drawn from Cubism and Futurism. The artist’s approach of treating the surface coincides with the phenomenon or art genre known as urban abstract contemporary which is based on the foundations and energy of graffiti and abstract expressionism. As a matter of fact, Andersen continues to stylistically pursue the point of origin in his works but progresses towards new solutions.

Transfering ideas throughout geometric expressionism

Morten Andresen - Neural Handshake, 2014
Morten Andresen – Neural Handshake, 2014

Entering The Stardom

In 2012 Morten Andersen was listed by France’s “Graffiti Art Magazine” as one of the 100 contemporary urban artists to watch in that year. That brought him recognition, exhibitions, and new commissions. Therefore, he was summoned to work with companies as Mini Cooper, Absolut Vodka, Citroén, and Carhartt. Anderson’s ongoing and authentic and cross-disciplinary practice is resisting to become classified, yet he is considered to be one of the most famous abstract graffiti artists of today.

Morten Andersen lives and works in Berlin.

Featured image: Portrait of Morten Andersen – image courtesy of the artist
All other images courtesy of Graffuturism

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Sans TitreGalerie Mathgoth, Paris, FranceGroup
2015LA Art ShowLos Angeles, USAGroup
2015Art HerningHerning, DenmarkGroup
2015Trend 15Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2015Grand OpeningNordahl & Nissen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2015MA - X 2Gallery Oxholm, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
20157 year AnniversaryCave Gallery, Venice Beach, USAGroup
2015Never Say noGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2015Art CopenhagenCopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2015KnotenpunktHamburg, GermanyGroup
2015Urban DawnVilla Almaty, Almaty, KazakhstanGroup
2015Next NeverCave Gallery, Venice Beach, USASolo
2015SCOPE Art FairMiami, USAGroup
2014OppositeGalerie MathGoth, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Art HerningGalerie Wolfsen, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2014SCOPE Art FairCave Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2014SCOPE Art FairGalerie Wolfsen, New York, USAGroup
2014Group ShowGalerie Pascal Bello, LuxembourgGroup
2014MasterpiecesGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2014Remix Every SecondCave Gallery, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2014Same same but differentGalerie Wolfsen, Aarhus, DenmarkGroup
2014Street LifeGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2014MA - X _ 2SCOPE Art Fair, Galleri Oxholm, Miami, USAGroup
2013Pieces of the SkyGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2013Extent ImmeasurableGalerie Liebkranz, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013Urban Art BiennaleSaarbrücken, GermanyGroup
2013250 x 110 cmKrakow, PolandGroup
2013Step in the ArenaEindhoven, HollandGroup
2013Kosmopolite Art TourAmsterdam, HollandGroup
2013Crimes of MindsBrest, FranceGroup
2013Geometry of ChanceMirus Gallery, San Francisco, USAGroup
2013Art CopenhagenGalerie Wolfsen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2013From Lines Into AbstractionYves Laroche Galerie, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2013EDEN Art FairCAVE Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2013MA - XGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkDuo
2013Deck the WallsCave Gallery, Venice Beach, USAGroup
2013SCOPE Art FairMiami, USAGroup
2012Believe the HypeGalerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2012Urban Art EFXAmsterdam, HollandGroup
2012ArtYouBasel, SchwitzerlandGroup
2012Art CopenhagenCopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2012Futurism 2.0Black All Studios, London, UKGroup
2012Art HerningGalerie Wolfsen, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2012Stroke CuratedUrban art fair, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012Urban BrainsGalerie Celal, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Hell Hounds From The NorthPretty Portal gallery, Düsseldorf, GermanyDuo
2011Elevated, Looking Down From A DistanceGalerie Itinerrance, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Crimes of MindsBrest, FranceGroup
2011Public Provocation 3Carhartt Gallery, Weil Am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2011Rudimentary PerfectionGlasgow, ScotlandGroup
2011Where The Neon RoamTom Franke Galleri, DenmarkDuo
2011CrossroadsArt-On gallery, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2011ArtBeatFairArt Fair, Art-On gallery, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
20111Underdog Gallery, London Bridge, London, EnglandGroup
2010Art BaselArt Whino gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2010Vitry Jam 3Vitry-sur-seine, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Stroke 2 - Urban art fairI.D gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010PostlandCompound Gallery, Portland, USAGroup
2010MINI Countryman Open AirMudchute Park and Farm, London, EnglandGroup
2010Stroke 3Urban art fair, I.D gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010I See Colors Like You Hear Jet PlanesI.D gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Die Post Ist Da! – The ReturnI.D Gallery, Berlin. GermanyGroup
2009Absolut goes ArtVolkerkünde Museum, Munich, GermanyGroup
2009Kunst im TresorMunich, GermanyGroup
2009Intoxicated Demons - The world of Urban contemporary artGallery Jenzen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2009Kunst – NUKunsthal NORD, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2009We've been out there!Gallery Jenzen, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2008Die Post Ist DaI.D Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Royal FlushAtticus Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 2009Group
2007Group ShowToast gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2007DstrokesMalmö, SwedenGroup
2006Kulor paa NordjyllandDronninglund Kunstcenter, DenmarkSolo
2005Opening gallery receptionGallery SoTo, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2005Group ShowGallery Roedhusgaarden, Blokhus, DenmarkGroup
2003Group ShowGallery Inuit, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup