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Art April, 3 2013

Eske Kath ‘Blackboard Sunset’ – Illusions Based on a Grid of Natural Laws

The Brooklyn based artist Eske Kath was born in Haderslev, Denmark and attended The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited all around the globe, featuring not only his paintings but his installations, sculptures, performances and stage set-ups. In 2009, he was commissioned to paint a chamber ceiling in the Crown Prince of Denmark’s Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Kath’s non-commissioned paintings explore themes of natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves, as well as the relationship between nature and human civilization.

In Kath’s most recent work he uses a blackboard as a canvas and as a symbol of science. The first layer of chalk rings and shapes illustrate the concept of gravity, solar systems, and movement in physics. The chalk drawings are partially covered by layers of colorful shapes that are symbols for nature versus civilization. His work is significantly clean, structured, and feels almost mathematically constructed while the mesmerizing colors suck you right in to experience the ‘Backboard Sunset’ from the other side of the rabbit hole. Kath’s work asks the viewer if life is as free as we perceive it or if our freedom is just an illusion based on a grid of natural laws. To quote the artist, “It’s a strange, symbolic thing where you try to control everything in your daily life, but no matter what you do, you can’t control it.”

Go check out Eske Kath’s recent exhibition ‘Blackboard Sunset’ in Berlin at:

Galery Mikael Andersen
Pfefferberg, Haus 4
Christinenstrasse 18/19
10119 Berlin

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