Seedless Grapes

With Seedless Grapes David Stjernholm has created a custom-made exhibition for the space at Galleri Image. By using the gallery's basement location with its half-timbered interior and narrow passages, he has constructed a presentation, which takes as its unconventional foundation wine and its maturing process.
Udstillingsperiode:
13-03-2015 - 26-04-2015
Medie:
Installation, video
Titel:
Seedless Grapes
Kunstner:
David Stjernholm
The boundaries of photography are constantly evolving. David Stjernholm is a young Danish visual artist who, in his solo exhibition Seedless Grapes at Galleri Image, examines and reinterprets the photographic medium. His works transcend the two-dimensionality of the pictorial planes. He works with images, objects, and installations. Instead of appearing as images on a wall or frames in a video, Stjernholm’s photographic material obtains a spatial, physical form, thereby exceeding usual expectations of the medium.

With Seedless Grapes David Stjernholm has created a custom-made exhibition for the space at Galleri Image. By using the gallery's basement location with its half-timbered interior and narrow passages, he has constructed a visual and sensory presentation, which takes as its unconventional foundation wine and its maturing process. Within the context of this exhibition, the maturation of the wine acts as a metaphor for memory, journeys in time, and expectations. When making wine, one aims to control the manufacturing of a product, which exists at a time relatively far into the future. When drinking the wine, one is lead back through time by aromas and smells. Thus, wine functions as the basis for metaphorical time traveling, both through the process of its creation but also through its consumption. In this manner, the exhibition incorporates particular elements which seek to recreate this metaphor.

The exhibition consists of hung and sealed test tubes containing a range of liquid essences used by wine sommeliers to train their sensory skills. Wine casks containing speakers have also been placed within the gallery space to play a sound loop at regular intervals. These sounds are reminiscent of old science fiction films in an attempt to enhance the time traveling motif. The wine casks have previously contained fermented wine, a smell that still lingers and seeps out through the holes in the casks. Finally, the exhibition includes a video screen showing a wine glass whose contents are ever-changing. This alteration is not noticeable until one leaves the work for a while and return to it at a later time.

David Stjernholm often utilizes different kinds of media by applying processes and experiences from photography to other areas. His exhibition at Galleri Image builds upon this particular exploration of media. David Stjernholm aims to create an exhibition, which takes shape in the mind of the individual visitor; an exhibition that can’t be repeated, maintained, or documented on a one to one basis. The exhibition will be different from one visitor to the next based on individual experiences and memories as a new exhibition is created through each person’s retrospective background.

David Stjernholm (born 1986) has a BA in architecture from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and has also studied at The Jutland Art Academy. He has worked with photography for many years, and has been exhibited in places such as Switzerland, Belgium, England, and Mexico.
While David Stjernholm has exhibited his work a number of times before his exhibition at Galleri Image is one of his larger solo projects, where he has the opportunity to work in a site-specific and process oriented manner.

Update: March 28 at 2 p.m.: Galleri Image will host a discussion between the artist David Stjernholm, associate professor at Aarhus University Anette Bohn, and the sommelier Jens Peter Nebsbjerg from MASH. The discussion will focus on the concepts of memory and sensation, inspired by David Stjernholm's current exhibition "Seedless Grapes" at Galleri Image. Read more about this event here.

This exhibition is supported by 
The Danish Arts Foundation