Julie Boserup and Søren Lose: We built a house

Previous exhibition at The Black Diamond

30 April 2016 - 31 January 2017 Rotunden-02

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We built a house is an exhibition about architecture, dreams and destruction. It presents new works by two outstanding contemporary artists who for a whole year have worked with selected photographs in the collection at The Royal Library.

Can one build a photograph? In a new photo exhibition the visual artists Søren Lose and Julie Boserup make a number of attempts. Using extensive collages and installations they build up three-dimensional versions of historical photos of architecture. For two years, Julie Boserup and Søren Lose have researched in The Royal Library's archive of over 17 million historical photographs. From their hiding-place they have extracted photographs of grandiose church architecture and functionalist landmarks, and in the hands of the two visual artists the hidden treasures of the archive gain a new lease of life.

Søren Lose ©Rebekka LewinSøren Lose (Photo: Ditte Bolt)

The exhibition We built a house shows twenty new works in which the two artists investigate the various meanings of architecture, and how architecture is represented in the photograph. Architecture is an expression of power and dreams, which the architecture photographer seeks to make visible as a vision of the building or documentation for posterity. Public buildings are monuments to the ideals society has of the good life, as these ideals were at the time the building was built. Gothic cathedrals soared heavenwards and expressed the then view of the world, while the sober 20th century colleges of educational buildings express the will to provide education for all. The artists have processed the images by enlarging, cutting, folding, extending, drawing and sewing new versions of the historical photographs, and in this way they have underlined both the changing meanings of architecture and the effects that can be produced by the architectural photograph.

Søren Lose has chosen photographs of monumental buildings as well as of scaffoldings and other provisional constructions. His works are a series of attempts to almost literally build a new, three-dimensional photograph based on the original one. A postcard from 1914 of the huge Mormon temple in Utah, the architecture of which is almost as banal as Disneyland, is transformed into an abstract model of material. Photographs of Cologne cathedral are mounted in layers, so that details in the Gothis ornamentation are brought out, and the overwhelming scale and sacral nature of the building is underlined.

 alt=Julie Boserup (Photo: Ditte Bolt)

Julie Boserup has worked with an image archive from Strüwing Advertising Photography, which photographed the most essential buildings of Danish modernism. Boserup has delved into the functional architecture of the 1960s and 1970s, reproduced in photos that have the same rigorous, minimalist aesthetics as the buildings. In Boserup's work the photos are colours, surfaces and reduplications added to them in large collages that twist the vision of the architect and bring out the vision and utopia of the photographs.

Both artists explore in the exhibition the inherent paradox of a flat photograph having to represent a three-dimensional space. They do this by allowing the original photographs to undergo a transformation and be exposed to an enlargement so that they unfold in the exhibition room with a strong spatial effect. The works are to be experienced with both the eyes and the rest of the body.

Julie Boserup (b. 1976) qualified from the Chelsea College of Art in 2002. She works in the overlap between photography, drawing, decoration and collage.

Søren Lose (b. 1972) qualified from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. His work concentrates on photography, sculpture and installation.