14.JUNI – 12. AUGUST
In Kunsthal NORD's satellite S1 we show Morten Strædes’ sculpture Lichtmantel (2009). The work consists of a black coat of felt hanging around an aluminum structure and three white fluorescent lamps. It is only the force of gravity that keeps the sculpture upwards, thus ensuring that the figure is tightly, stretched out between the floor and ceiling.
Felt is not a quite unknown material in modern art. In the sixties, the American minimalist Robert Morris created a number of abstract sculptures in black felt and in 1970, Joseph Beuys produced a suit out of felt, which now is considered among the German artist's most important works.
Morten Stræde (born 1956) is one of the country's most recognized sculptors. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1985 and has worked as a professor of sculpture art from 1994-2003 at the academy. He has received a number of grants and acknowledgments. Among other the Eckersberg medal, the Thorvaldsen medal and the Danish Arts Foundations lifelong support.
Morten Stræde has exhibited at many of the country's art museums and has also created a large number of large ornaments and sculptures for the public space. Among other things; Megaron/A Field at Assistens Kirkegaard in Copenhagen, Bymuren at Åboulevarden in Copenhagen, Shadowline at Varde Barracks as well as Helix and other sculptures in Vejle. In North Jutland, Morten Stræde has created a large sculptural installation at the School of Social and Health Education in Hammer Bakker.