HFKD - 3 x Solo: Emily Gernild, Jacob Tækker and Spacegirls (2019)

3 solo-exhibitions at HFKD, Holstebro (DK)


15.11. – 22.12.2019

3 x solo is the new exhibition concept for the curated 2-year program of contemporary art for HFKD. The program runs from 2019-2020 and consists of 4 annual exhibition rounds, 3 of these consists of 3 parallel running solo exhibitions, either by a single artist or artist group. The solo exhibitions are presented in the 3 divided perimeters of HFKD; the cinema/ upper floor, Hall 1 and Hall 2.

Before and after

Emily Gernild is a painter and also works with references to the history of classical painting. Gernild herself describes her paintings as a collegial greeting to modernist artist colleagues such as Anna Syberg and Christine Swane, who in the late 1800s and early 1900s specialized in painting flowers and other ‘harmless’ motifs and arrangements. In the time of these women, the academic artistic educations were reserved for men. Thus it was also reserved for men to pursue studies of the naked body and historical painting -the highly valued pictorial themes as this was characterized. Gernild's works are constantly on the border between figurative and abstract painting. Her strong sense of the play of colors and the use of large canvases, however pushes her practice in a different direction than the 'harmless' floral arrangements. The motifs are still inspired from the home, but the intimate space and the different compositions points more to the subjective narrative of the female artist.

Purgatory and Cockaigne

In the works of Jacob Tækker, digital media, installation and performance meet. The result is a practice that examines the exchange between art and reality. His works are driven by a fundamental curiosity. The starting point is therefore often philosophical paradoxes, human ideas and larger existential questions - formulated in works that do not provide answers, but opens it up and let us share his wonder and curiosity.
The exhibition shows two coherent video works: Planet Purgatory and Planet Cockaigne. Cockaigne is translated into Danish as slaraffenland, a paradise-like land of fables, where people live in comfortable idleness and get everything they desire, without working for it. In contrast, there is the work Planet Purgatory, where Purgatory or "purgatorium" (lat) is a place of torment. Tækker's "Heaven and Hell" not only plays with the upper and lower plateaus of the exhibition spaces, but also creates a link to HFKD's architectural references to the ecclesiastical space and prehistory as a museum of religious art.

Rock Cover / Remix

Spacegirls is an artist duo consisting of Cisse Bomholt Christiansen and Elisabeth Gellein. Together they work in the crossfield between art and architecture. Their practice is based primarily on installations where tactility and materiality are important components. They look at their works as a kind of basic architectural research; as studies in spatial experiences, and a study of alternative ways in which we understand buildings and places. The solo exhibition Rock Cover / Remix at HFKD consists of a large-scale installation made especially for HFKD's exhibition space. The exhibition stands as an extension of the house's architecture, designed by Inger and Johannes Exner. Spacegirls's sculptural landscape uses many of the same materials and the same geometric design language you see, both in the House of Art and Design and in the nearby Nørrelandskirke. Spacegirls fragments the starting point and puts it back together, in a remix of the place's architecture and the perception of space.

Poster and catalog designed by ALEXIS MARK
Download free catalog for the exhibitions here: 3XSOLO NOVEMBER 2019


The contemporary art exhibition program at HFKD is kindly supported by:

The Danish Art Council

Den Obelske Familiefond

Færch Fonden

Holstebro Kommune

Dansk Talentakademi