Exhibition in collaboration with Nils Elvebakk Skalegård
/ˈɛpɪɡəʊn/ a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.
The exhibition Epigon, shows the result of a conceptual collaborative experiment together with my colleague Nils Elvebakk Skalegård.
During a two-month joint residency in a studio at The Danish Artist workshops in Copenhagen, we (Nils Elvebakk Skalegård and Anna Bak) worked separately, yet under a common dogma. During the initial month of the residency, both artists produced works within their own individual practice, working freely in terms of medium, form and theme. In the following month, each artist then had to use the others finished works as inspiration and recreate these from the same material, medium or dimensions, while maintaining their own artistic identity.
The experiment is an inquiry into formal similarities and differences, where the composition of the works and their common aesthetic ground are obvious, while their individual expressions set them apart.
In a world with such a strong focus on individualism, this is a collaborative project where copy and originality, the traditional and the authentic, are woven together in one and the same exhibition. Reflections and the self-referential have often been the focal point for conversations between the two artists. Reflections appear both in some of the sculptures, in between the works and externally in how the exhibition is installed in the space as a whole.
EPIGON was first exhibited at RAM Gallery in Oslo (March 31 – May 7)
And afterwords at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery in Copenhagen (June 3 - July 2)
Thanks to the The Danish artist workshops for work-residency for the production of the exhibition
The exhibition is supported by the The Danish Art Foundation