Building a Path Within this Frame

2019

Solo exhibition at the artist run exhibition space OK Corral, Frederiksberg, DK.

Building a Path Within This Frame consists of paintings that examine universal imagery and the collective unconscious through a number of archetypal figures: the beautiful young woman, the villain, the horse, the witch and death. With these characters, a series of clichéd symbols appear: moons, stars, butterflies and roses mixed with modern elements such as umbrellas and stilettos. The figures and symbols explicitly refer to fairy tales and verbal lores, in which archetypal roles are at play, and topics such as identity, existentialism, spirituality and death are explored. The works are presented in ornamented frames, which are based on the symbolic elements that are present in the paintings. The paintings can, with their references to classic fairytales and pop-cultural superhero stories, be read as an amalgam of the past, present and future. The characters represent different moods and characteristics, together constituting a directory of possible composite narratives. They take on the properties of complex emojis or extended pictograms. By sampling icons and symbols, Thorhauge seeks to negotiate the universal, and create a space for new meanings.

Installation view  Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view

Photo: David Stjernholm

Butterfly Upon the Sky (Series of 13 works)  2019  Oil on paper, burned wood and wood paint  Each H: 40 cm W: 25 cm  Photo: David Stjernholm

Butterfly Upon the Sky (Series of 13 works)

2019

Oil on paper, burned wood and wood paint

Each H: 40 cm W: 25 cm

Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view  Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view

Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view  Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view

Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view  Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view

Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view  Photo: David Stjernholm

Installation view

Photo: David Stjernholm