Nicolai Howalt & Trine Søndergaard

February 21 - April 13, 2013
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Nicolai Howalt Six Seahawks and One Building, 2009    Chromogenic prints. 26 1/4 x 32 1/16 inches eachNicolai Howalt Six Seahawks and One Building, 2009    Chromogenic prints. 26 1/4 x 32 1/16 inches each

Nicolai Howalt
Six Seahawks and One Building, 2009   
Chromogenic prints. 26 1/4 x 32 1/16 inches each

Trine Sondergaard  Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard  Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard 
Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000   
Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard
Now That You Are Mine, 1997-2000   
Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt 3x1 #65, 1998-1999    Chromogenic. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inchesNicolai Howalt 3x1 #65, 1998-1999    Chromogenic. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt
3x1 #65, 1998-1999   
Chromogenic. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt 3x1 #2, 1998-1999    Chromogenic print. 27 3/16 x 35 1/8 inchesNicolai Howalt 3x1 #2, 1998-1999    Chromogenic print. 27 3/16 x 35 1/8 inches

Nicolai Howalt
3x1 #2, 1998-1999   
Chromogenic print. 27 3/16 x 35 1/8 inches

Nicolai Howalt  3x1 #45, 1998-1999    Chromogenic print. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inchesNicolai Howalt  3x1 #45, 1998-1999    Chromogenic print. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt 
3x1 #45, 1998-1999   
Chromogenic print. 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt  Andreas Weimann, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 55 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches eachNicolai Howalt  Andreas Weimann, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 55 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt 
Andreas Weimann, 2001   
Chromogenic prints. 55 1/8 x 47 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt  Jan Linderoth, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches eachNicolai Howalt  Jan Linderoth, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt 
Jan Linderoth, 2001   
Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt  Mark Wierenfeld, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches eachNicolai Howalt  Mark Wierenfeld, 2001    Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt 
Mark Wierenfeld, 2001   
Chromogenic prints. 23 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches each

Nicolai Howalt  Borderline #1 (Beietskrovej), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inchesNicolai Howalt  Borderline #1 (Beietskrovej), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt 
Borderline #1 (Beietskrovej), 2010   
Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt  Borderline #5 (Grenztrasse-Rudbolvej), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inchesNicolai Howalt  Borderline #5 (Grenztrasse-Rudbolvej), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt 
Borderline #5 (Grenztrasse-Rudbolvej), 2010   
Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt  Borderline #16 (Ochsenweg), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inchesNicolai Howalt  Borderline #16 (Ochsenweg), 2010    Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt 
Borderline #16 (Ochsenweg), 2010   
Chromogenic print. 12 3/16 x 15 1/4 inches

Nicolai Howalt  Rusland #39, 2011 Pigment print. 23 5/8 x 29 1/2 inchesNicolai Howalt  Rusland #39, 2011 Pigment print. 23 5/8 x 29 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt 
Rusland #39, 2011
Pigment print. 23 5/8 x 29 1/2 inches

Nicolai Howalt Endings #5, 2011    Chromogenic print. 70 5/16 x 61 1/8 inchesNicolai Howalt Endings #5, 2011    Chromogenic print. 70 5/16 x 61 1/8 inches

Nicolai Howalt
Endings #5, 2011   
Chromogenic print. 70 5/16 x 61 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard  Versus #2, 2003    Chromogenic prints. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches eachTrine Sondergaard  Versus #2, 2003    Chromogenic prints. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches each

Trine Sondergaard 
Versus #2, 2003   
Chromogenic prints. 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches each

Trine Sondergaard Interior #4, 2008    Chromogenic print. 59 x 59 inchesTrine Sondergaard Interior #4, 2008    Chromogenic print. 59 x 59 inches

Trine Sondergaard
Interior #4, 2008   
Chromogenic print. 59 x 59 inches

Trine Sondergaard  Guldnakke #1, 2012    Archival inkjet print. 59 x 59 inchesTrine Sondergaard  Guldnakke #1, 2012    Archival inkjet print. 59 x 59 inches

Trine Sondergaard 
Guldnakke #1, 2012   
Archival inkjet print. 59 x 59 inches

Trine Sondergaard  Strude #16, 2008-2009    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inchesTrine Sondergaard  Strude #16, 2008-2009    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard 
Strude #16, 2008-2009   
Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard Strude #17, 2008-2009    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inchesTrine Sondergaard Strude #17, 2008-2009    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard
Strude #17, 2008-2009   
Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard  Monochrome Portraits, 2009    Pigment prints. 23 3/16 x 23 3/16 inches eachTrine Sondergaard  Monochrome Portraits, 2009    Pigment prints. 23 3/16 x 23 3/16 inches each

Trine Sondergaard 
Monochrome Portraits, 2009   
Pigment prints. 23 3/16 x 23 3/16 inches each

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Megafossil #4, 2012    Silkscreen print. 55 x 39 1/8 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Megafossil #4, 2012    Silkscreen print. 55 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Megafossil #4, 2012   
Silkscreen print. 55 x 39 1/8 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #6, 2007    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 14 3/16 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #6, 2007    Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 14 3/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Tree #6, 2007   
Chromogenic print. 19 1/4 x 14 3/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #1, 2007    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 30 1/16 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #1, 2007    Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 30 1/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Tree #1, 2007   
Chromogenic print. 39 1/8 x 30 1/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #3, 2007    Chromogenic print. 31 3/16 x 27 3/16 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #3, 2007    Chromogenic print. 31 3/16 x 27 3/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Tree #3, 2007   
Chromogenic print. 31 3/16 x 27 3/16 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #2, 2007    Chromogenic print. 27 1/2 x 19 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #2, 2007    Chromogenic print. 27 1/2 x 19 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Tree #2, 2007   
Chromogenic print. 27 1/2 x 19 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #12, 2008    Chromogenic print. 19 5/8 x  20 1/2 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Tree #12, 2008    Chromogenic print. 19 5/8 x  20 1/2 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Tree #12, 2008   
Chromogenic print. 19 5/8 x  20 1/2 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt How to Hunt: Paradis Saten, 2010    Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt How to Hunt: Paradis Saten, 2010    Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
How to Hunt: Paradis Saten, 2010   
Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt How to Hunt: Lyle Sommerlyst, 2010    Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt How to Hunt: Lyle Sommerlyst, 2010    Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
How to Hunt: Lyle Sommerlyst, 2010   
Chromogenic print. 62 3/8 x 78 1/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #8, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #8, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Dying Birds #8, 2005-2010   
Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #11, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #11, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Dying Birds #11, 2005-2010   
Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #14, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inchesTrine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt Dying Birds #14, 2005-2010    Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt
Dying Birds #14, 2005-2010   
Photogravure. 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein is pleased to present an exhibition of recent and early work by the artists Nicolai Howalt &Trine Søndergaard.  Living and working together in Denmark, their art shares a history and evolution as well as an intersection, which becomes apparent in this mini-retrospective.  This is the first show to incorporate multiple series by each artist (side-by-side) provoking a conversation regarding a mutual influence, either aesthetically perceptible, or sometimes more subtle—a joint exploration of fragile and ineffable motifs. Juxtaposing the artists’ collaborative projects with their separate endeavors highlights a shared attention to their cultural heritage as well as an interest in marking transition, evolution, spaces of limbo, and the continuum of life and time.


Both artists began their careers with an approach more toward the documentary—Søndergaard followed and chronicled the lives of female prostitutes on the streets of Copenhagen’s red light district for her series, Now That You Are Mine, while Howalt, in a similar style, observed and captured the lives of a family in Denmark over several years for his project, 3x1.   Howalt’s later series, Boxers—images of young boys before and after their first fight, and Søndergaard’s Versus—photographs of individuals paired with a work of art from Copenhagen’s Thorvaldsens Museum, are also aesthetically similar.  Both series are about what is not pictured—the space between the photographs—a transition, a change, a relationship, that charges the images.

 


The artists’ well-known joint project, How to Hunt, consists of layered, time-lapsed photographs of Danish hunting grounds, which like the Megafossil series (silkscreened images of a 1500 year old Kings Oak tree—a living fossil from the woods of Jægerspris north of Copenhagen), are monuments to the artists’ Danish heritage and confront the topics of duration and time passage.


Søndergaard’s Strude and Guldnakke images, as well her Interior series, emphasize a bridge (and a gap) between past and present.  There is a quiet and engaging tension between the historic and the contemporary.   Her Monochrome Portraits of friends and neighbors are remarkably revealing while also seemingly distant.  The viewer can only perceive the sitters’ “absence”, their apparent concern with what is within, that which is occupying their thoughts—written on their face or perceived in a tilt of the head.
While Howalt’s Endings (photographs of cremation ashes) his Car Crash Series and Rusland could be viewed as a fascination with death and destruction, the artist in fact sees his work as primarily concerned with life and its fragility.  He draws inspiration from a line by T.S. Eliot, “The end is where we start from.”  His Seahawks series and Borderline project (images taken at the physical borders of Denmark), like Søndergaard’s work, are images of contemporary Danish / Nordic cultural space that simultaneously reference and engage with the history of Danish / Scandinavian culture.


Howalt and Søndergaard’s collaborative projects, Dying Birds (photogravures of the birds from their hunting scenes, taken at the moment of impact) and Tree Zone (portraits of the final trees struggling to grow at the tree line at high altitudes) are concerned with a space of limbo, the location between what was and is now.


Trine Søndergaard (b. 1972) graduated from Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography in 1996. In 2000 she received the Albert Renger Patzsch Award and has since then received numerous grants and fellowships, including a three-year working grant from The Danish Arts Foundation. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. Søndergaard’s works are included in major public and private collections, among them: MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; The Hasselblad Foundation, Sweden; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and The Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark.


Nicolai Howalt (b.1970) was born in Copenhagen and graduated from Denmark’s Photographic Art School Fatamorgana in 1992.  He has exhibited at Statens Museum for Kunst, ARoS and Skagens Museum in Denmark.  He has received a series of grants from the Hasselblad Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council. Nicolai Howalt’s work is a part of numerous public collections, including The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; MUSAC, Spain, Maison Européenne de Photographie, France, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, USA, Fondation Neuflize Vie, France, Hiscox Art Project, USA. And in Denmark, The National Museum of Photography, The Danish Arts Foundation, Skagen Museum, Nykredit and Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts.