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12 lt molander

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The series Ivory Towers by David Molander
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12 lt molander

  1. 1. The series Ivory Towers By David Molander Online work www.davidmolander.com David Molander david@davidmolander.com eu phone +46 704960808 About the series Ivory Towers In his project, Iwory Towers, Molander works with collages from historical art works which have been digitally transformed into multilayered compositions. In Cranach’s Renaissance paintings, Japanese woodcuts from the 18th and 19th centuries, contemporary comics and Indian miniature paintings, David Molander has found a plethora of new material. While previous works have focused on visual traces found in contemporary urban environments based on documentary material, he now turns his attention to landscape painting, mythology, portraiture and woodcuts. But he has not completely abandoned his own footage – images from Tokyo appear as fragments in the framework of the woodcut collages. With a characteristic attention to detail, Molander uses an intuitive process of dissecting the images in terms of composition and texture, letting his own imagination guide him in what may be described as a deliberate escape from reality. The title of the exhibition, Elfenbenstornen (The Ivory Towers), acknowledges a more introspective working process than before, influenced by children’s books, computer games, comics and popular culture. But the city and urbanity are bound to appear in different forms and shapes even in a historical context. It becomes visible in how Molander approaches the contrast between the city and its surrounding landscape in Indian miniature painting, or in the interplay between architecture and the construction of gender in ancient Japanese woodcuts.
  2. 2. The Floating World, Size 6.5 x 4.2 feet Kozo Print in front of printed Laquered wood in frame and museum glass
  3. 3. Detail The Floating World
  4. 4. Inner Outer Palace III, Inkjet print in frame and museum glass Ed 5 (+2ap) 203 x 107 cm, 6,6 feet x 3,5 feet Ed 5 (+2ap) 120 x 62cm, 4 feet x 2 feet Inner Outer Palace I, Inkjet print in frame and museum glass Ed 5 (+2ap) 203 x 107 cm, 6,6 feet x 3,5 feet Ed 5 (+2ap) 120 x 62cm, 4 feet x 2 feet
  5. 5. Detail Inner outer palace I
  6. 6. The Green Ruin, 2019 Pigment print in wooden frame and museum glass, ed. 5 100 x 200 cm Courtesy Cecilia Hillström Gallery The Greene Ruin is made from hundreds of paintings and etchings showing the motif of ruins from the 1600-1900 found in digital collections such as the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and The Metropolitan Museum in New York and many others around the globe. Molanders digital paintings bring together images of ruins, landscapes and people in ecstatic compositions. The strong colors of this baroque rave looks like if it’s painted by a resurrected Fragonard on speed. Every image opens up inwards towards another image, like the screens of a computer chasing an eternal algorithm.
  7. 7. Judith, Diasec mounted inkjet print, acrylic glass, oak frame, Ed 5 (+2ap) 93 x 71 cm
  8. 8. Lucretia, Diasec mounted inkjet print, acrylic glass, oak frame, Ed 5 (+2ap) 93 x 71 cm
  9. 9. Anagram, Diasec mounted inkjet print, acrylic glass, oak frame, Ed 5 (+2ap) 93 x 71 cm
  10. 10. Kindred Spirits, Pigment print, oak frame, Museum Glass Ed 5 (+2ap) 78 x 78 cm
  11. 11. The Greenery, Pigment print, oak frame, Museum Glass Ed 5 (+2ap) 207 x 103 cm
  12. 12. The Family Tree, Printed and foliated Museum Glass, Oak Frame Ed 3 (+2ap) 207x140 cm

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