I fredags var jeg til fernisering hos V1 Gallery i Kødbyen, hvor du netop nu kan se den helt igennem glimrende udstilling, Morning, af HuskMitNavn. Her kan du læse lidt om udstillingen – på engelsk – og anbefalingen til at slå et smut forbi allerede i dag er hermed videregivet. /Louise


Morning. Top of the morning. Day break. Breaking sleep, comfort and spirit. Forcing yourself to perform with night and sleep in your blood and guts. Performing mundane morning rituals. Showering, toast, tea, teeth, coffee, kids… KIDS, clothes, packing lunch, packing kids, kids unpacking, keys, keys, keys. Transition, transit, traffic jam, walk, bus, metro, bicycle, road rage, type A and type B personalities in full conflict. A – Good morning B – what’s so fucking good about it?! Snowed in, crystal clear spring sky, coming home when the norm rises, newspaper, sunrise, first at work, morning swim, oatmeal and colleagues.

In his new exhibition Morning HuskMitNavn (RememberMyName) engages our common morning routines in paintings, collages and drawings. He investigates how every morning holds the potential of new beginnings and at the same time is an automated struggle for most of us. In a delicate clear palette he poetically depicts the sleep deprived, cozy and chaotic moments that forms the start of a new day.
A painting, Rush Hour, 2015, 160 x 120 cm, depicts a family getting ready. Mom is brushing her son’s teeth while he is putting on clothes and she is simultaneously eating breakfast, while her man rushes past them out the door. In a typical Danish scenario, Sleeping Kids, 2015, 100 x 80 cm, a man rides his two kids to kinder garden and school on a bicycle, they are both sleeping, in the background a red sun breaks the horizon. What To Wear, 2015, 160 x 120 cm, shows a woman facing a large empty closet in apathy, sleep in her eye and hair styled by the night, while a large pile of laundry towers against it. In a Hopperesque composition, Bank Lady, 2015, 120 x 160 cm, a woman vacuums the floor of an empty bank at the light of dawn.

With Morning HuskMitNavn continues his heartfelt investigation of the dynamics of everyday life that has been the outset from the beginning of his artistic career. The magic, banal, poetic, ugly, humorous, weird and instrumental moments that make up our existence. In 67 new works ranging from large colourful paintings to small black and white drawings he captures, composes and distills mundane moments. We recognize ourselves and our neighbours in these works and they make us reflect on how we live. A rare empowering pause in the midst of contemporary life.

HuskMitNavn (b.1975, Denmark) has relentlessly worked his way through a multitude of artistic disciplines over the past decade; museum exhibitions, gallery shows, public commissions, publications and in later years a unique artistic way of utilizing the Instagram format (@huskmitnavn1). He has recently exhibited at Munkeruphus Museum (collection of Jens-Peter Brask), Denmark, KØS Museum (Museum of art in public spaces), Denmark, Linköping Kunsthal, Sweden, Storm P. Museum, Denmark, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, Rutkowski 68, Cologne, The Hole Gallery, New York and Alice Gallery in Bruxelles. A smaller exhibition of new drawings and prints by HuskMitNavn will run in conjunction in the V1 Gallery project space The Depot. Morning is HuskMitNavn’s sixth solo exhibition with V1 Gallery.