Lars Mikkes

Lars Mikkes
Born 1967 BirthOdense, Denmark.
Lives and works in HomeAarup, Denmark.
 

The speech of distance

It is always a pleasure looking into Lars Mikke’s universe through his art. It is rare that one meets an artist who, with such great sureness, energy and talent, studies and challenges the possibilities and expressions of art. Mikke’s art is thoroughly marked with some of the great themes of art history; thus he should be recognized as one of those modern artists who try to maintain the role of art as a medium for our questioning and our discussion of the individuals relationship to the surroundings.

Mikkes and I deal in many ways with the same questions. The great, complex questions of how man understands himself as a conscious entity in a world that presents itself as confusing, boundless and chaotic, when one views it unadorned, freed from concepts and conventions. My starting point (in philosophy) is to attempt to "clothe the world with concepts and theories – to make the world recognizable and transparent by giving the various things names and setting them in relation to one another. The most important examples of theoretical clothing are found in religion and science. The starting point for Mikkes and for art is quite different. He attempts to maintain the "nudity" of the world while presenting us with an understanding of it. He wants us to understand that the world is naked. The problem in the theoretical adornment of the world is that we see only the theory and not that which the theory is covering over. To see the whole of reality through theory would require an intellectual effort of a nearly inhuman nature.

We all know the moment when we feel in a glimpse, that we understand a greater coherence. A coherence that is not described and understood through concepts and theories, but suddenly and without interpretation is present, only to be gone a moment later. It is this moment that Mikkes tries to create. We call this "the sublime moment". That moment when we have an experience of coherence and understanding, without this experience and understanding being mediated or borne by theories and concepts. Precisely a spontaneous experience.

Mikke’s interest and strength lies in giving us this experience. Showing the coherence in the world before it becomes conceptual and thence understandable. He shows that our conceptual relationship to the world is marked by division, change and mirroring. He shows that the language we use to describe the world removes us from the world at the same time, because our concepts install a differentiation in the world. Not just between the various things in the world, but also between us and the world. He demonstrates the impossibility of simultaneously relating to the world conceptually and directly.


But Mikkes also shows that the world is apparently compelling; that the only way to understand the world is exactly by relating to it – distancing oneself, making a distinction between the world and the person. It is this distance that forms the basis for our discussion of the world. A discussion marked with division, change and mirroring. Lars Mikkes shows us that a world before concepts, unadorned, undifferentiated and incomprehensible, can only be experienced in the sublime moment, and all the rest is the speech of distance.

Lars Markussen, Cand. Mag. in philosophy and design theory

CV

college art school Fun 1980 – 85


Lars Ziggy Mikkes
Born 24 februar 1967 Odense Danmark.
Uddannelse: 1980-85 Kunstakademiet, (Billedkunst) Odense.
Boet i Spanien 1996-2001. (Malaga, Barcelona og Valencia).
Boet i London 2002, Berlin 2004, Paris 2007, i længere og kortere perioder.


Arbejdsmetoder
Maleri, grafik, installationer, performance, skulptur, keramik, video, foto, digte, elektronisk musik

Medlemskab
Gæsteatelier Hollufgård
Fyns Billedkunstnerværksteder.
Kunstnersamfundet.
Det Grafiske Værksted.
Koda.

Legater
Kunststyrelsen; Legat bolig ( Site des Arts ) Paris.
Jyllands postens legat bolig, Berlin.
Theodor Alfred c. von Irgens.
Carlsbergs Ide legat.
L. f. Fought.
Statens Musikråd.

Kommission
Galleri Arntzen, København
Kunsthandler Hoffmann. Søndelylland
Galeria Tomas March, Spanien.
Shoot Carter Gallery / foto studio London.

Seperatudstillinger
2006: "Sår" Industrien, Aarup.
2003: ISS kunstforening. Århus.
2002 Shoot Carter Gallery / foto studio 2002 London.
1998 (TIDLØSE BILLEDER). Gallery Leoni, Viborg.
1997 (QUIERO EXAMINAR LA VIDA HOY).
Vandreudstilling: Salas de Exposiciones Unicaja, Spanien.
1996 (SONDRINGSBILLEDER). Galerie Gerly, København.
1987 (EN ANDEN TIDS BILLEDER). Galerie Gerly, København.
1986 Kunstbygningen, Odense.
Toldboden, Kerteminde.
1980 Debut: Badestuen, Odense.

Gruppeudstillinger
2007:
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seatle, Washington. USA
Eleverhoj Museum, Solvang, Califonien. USA.
Danish Immigrant Museum, Dana College, Elkhorn, Iowa. USA.
Danish Cultural Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA
Galleri Gilberg Fredericia, Danmark
2006:
Brandts Kunsthallen. Auditorium, Odense, Danmark
"One Size Fits All" Rundetaarn. København.
"Pasionsdage" Lauritz. com. Øsknehallen, København.
Den Grafiske Genbank, Johannes Larsen Museet
2005:
(Dans og Bevægelse) Fyns Kunstmuseum.
Den Censurerede Fynske Sommerudstilling, Kunstbygningen Odense.
Mangfoldighed, Kunstbygningen Odense.
Citykunst Odense.
Den grafiske Genbank Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg( 2005- 2006)
H.C.A. udstilling, Kunstbygningen Odense.
Fantastika 3, Nørrebro København.
2004: Fantastika 2, Valby København.
2003 Farver i parken. Hollufgård, Odense.
2001
Gallery Fabien Fryns, Spanien.
(Det Grafiske Værksted) Fyns Kunstmuseum, Odense.
1996:
Gæst, (Kunst aus Denemark 1945 bis heute)
Grosse Kunst Ausstellung Dusseldorf NRW, Tyskland.
1995 Gæst, (Gronhorse) Kunstbygningen, Odense.
1986:
Gæst, (Gruppe Syd) Den Fries udstillingsbygning, København.
Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling, København.
(Cosa Nostra) Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense.
1985
(Tuscania – Italia) Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense.
Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling, København.
Grafisk Værksted, Kunstbygningen Odense.
Pakhuset, Fåborg.
Toldboden, Kerteminde.
1982 Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling, København.

Publikationer
2007 Bog-katalog "Immigrant" Grafisk værksted, USA vandreudstilling
2006 Podcast musik i Dr P2 lyt til nyt, 1 nr fra (Odysse 3000)
Blandet avis-udklip (Sår) industrien Arup. Fyns Stifstidende m.m.
2004 Det Kongelige Akademi For De Skønne Kunstner, Beretning 2001 – 2004.
Avis artikel: Fyens Stiftstidende, (Kunstner har fundet sin oase) af Jan Salling.
Website Phantazm – Magasin for Parallelverdener", Interview om ‘Odysse til Dødsriget’ af Mads Dam.
2003 Digtsamling: Solaris ikke publiceret!
2001: Bog: Det Kongelige Akademi for De skønne Kunstner, Beretning 1998-2001.
2001 Tidsskrift: ( North – Art Magazine) nr. 38 Illustrationer,
Bernhard Ribbeck-novelle. "Var er et stort ord."
Digtsamling: (Solaris I) ikke publiceret!
Bog (Magi og Folkekunst Grafik) Det Grafiske Værksted.
2000 Avisartikel: (Rejsen mod uafhængighed) af Kulturredaktør Bente Dalgaard i Fyns Stiftstidende.
Billedbogs katalog: (Odysse to Solaris) Gallery Fabien Fryns.
Kommission: George Pompidou, Musset Modern Art, Paris.
Brandts Klædefabrik Odense.
Statens Museum for Kunst, København.
Digtsamling: (Xymako). Ikke publiceret!
1998 Udstillingskatalog: (Tidløse billeder) Gallery Leoni.
1997 Digtsamling: (Sonetterne til Sisyfos). Ikke publiceret.
Musik promotions CD, med støtte fra Statens Musikråd: (Sisyfos). Ikke distribueret.
Artikel: (North Debat) nr. 40 af Forfatter og Kunstkritiker, Palle Juul Holm.
1996 Bog katalog: (GROSSE KUNST Austtellung Dusseldorf NRW).
Udstillingskatalog. (Sondringsbilleder) Galerie Gerly.
Bogserie (Dansk Kunst) anmeldelse af Torben Weirup.
1995 Katalog: (The Unforgetable Gron Horse).
Udstillings katalog: (Rejsen i billeder).
Bog (Kunstnere på Fyn) Fyns Amt.
1986 Katalog: (GRUPPE SYD).
Katalog: (Cosa Nostra) Brandts Klædefabrik.
1987 Bog (Kunstnere på Fyn) Fyns Amt.
1985 Katalog: (Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling).
1984 Samle objekt: (Kunstmappen) Den Tekniske Skole.
Bog (Seks fynske kunstnere, Grafikere) Den Tekniske Skole.

Diskografi
2007 Uniko
2007 Utopia
2006 Odysse 3000.
2006 Ocean
2005 KA.
2004 Tasaki.
1997 Sisyphus. Promotions cd med støtte fra Statens musikråd.


Future shows
2007:
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seatle, Washington. USA
Eleverhoj Museum, Solvang, Califonien. USA.
Danish Immigrant Museum, Dana College, Elkhorn, Iowa. USA.
Danish Cultural Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA
Galleri Gilberg Fredericia, Denmark