Publisher: Forlaget Ehrhorn Hummerston
Authors: Bente Scavenius og Luise Gomard
Printed: Forlaget Ehrhorn Hummerston
1st edition, 1. printing
Dimensions: 21.5 x 30 x 1 cm
Hardback: 36 pages
The book was published in occasion of Alexander Tovborg’s exhibition ”The Deity and its Creators” at Tegners Museum in connection to the North Coast Art Triennial 2019_ARV June 22th – October 20th 2019.
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His laborious and layered practice is such that he begins to embody the people that he is focusing on—going through the arc of their stories, adopting their beliefs, their causes and their pain. Using borrowed and created symbols in a rhythmic and insistent manner, Alexander Tovborg creates a kind of visual language which runs throughout his work, spanning different series and figures. This visual language connects the work, but also connects the differing narratives, reminding us of the similarities which run through many of the world’s origin stories.
This emphasis on the various symbolisms that are found throughout these ancient narratives is something that Tovborg sees as essential to his practice, as he asserts the weight and power that images have within our contemporary culture, as well as how easily they can manipulated and used against us. Acting on their behalf, Tovborg engages in an effort to keep their meanings open, giving us each the chance to see in them all that they encompass.
Alexander Tovborg (b.1983, Denmark) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. With solos at Overgaden (Copenhagen) and GL Strand (Copenhagen), Tovborg has shown at ARKEN (Ishøj), ARoS (Aarhus), IMMA Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Spiritmuseum (Stockholm), Holstebro Kunstmuseum (Holstebro), KØS (Køge) among others. His works are represented in the public collections of Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), ARKEN (Ishøj), ARoS (Aarhus), and Museet For Religious Kunst (Lemvig). In 2019 he will open an exhibition at Rudolph Tegner Museum (Dronningmølle).