The talk will give a brief general introduction to the work of Jakob Kolding, while focusing primarily on more recent developments and projects. Central to the work is collage as a recurrent method of opening up established hierarchies and readings in search of more ambivalent, less easily defined positions. Through a visual lexicon that draws on a wide variety of sources – a personal vocabulary including visual arts, literature, music and the theatre – the works introduce subjective interpretations and associative narratives that explore identity as created in a continuous dialogue between society and the individual. This is an investigation of given structures and possibilities of individual action. Central to the more recent works has been an expanded notion of collage, including the exhibition space itself in large-scale installations, a sort of spatial collage with the visitors themselves becoming part of the work they enter. Another important aspect is the added element of the work developing over time, as in a stage design for a new opera developed for the Bregenz Festival in 2017.
Jakob Kolding, born in Albertslund (DK) in 1971, lives and works in Berlin. His work encompasses collage, posters, sculpture, installation, writing, and more recently stage design. An extended sense of collage unites the different approaches. The works examine different concepts of space: starting from an early interest in urban planning and the use of urban and suburban space, his interest developed into more abstract notions of space, including mental and psychological spaces and in more recent years an increased focus on 3-dimensional works, with 19th-century dioramas, stage design and installation practices playing a central role. The works bring together a broad variety of subjects such as art, literature, theatre, architecture, urban planning, politics and music, through which new possible spaces and narratives arise.
Solo exhibitions 2019 Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna. 2018Movements/20 Propositions, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (AT). 2017The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised, Centre d’Édition Contemporaine, Geneva (CH). To the Lighthouse (stage design for the opera) at Bregenzer Festspiele, Bregenz (AT). Corbulations, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (NL). self, portraits, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen. 2016Making a Scene, Neubauer Collegium, Chicago, IL (US). 2015World with Difficulties, Team Gallery, New York, NY (US).
Group exhibitions 2017 curated by…Jacob Proctor: Mistaking the Moon for a Ball, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna. Cool, Calm and Collected, AROS, Aarhus (DK). 2016Beton, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. 2015Geh und spiel mit dem Riesen, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (DE). 2014Encountering the City: The Urban Experience in Contemporary Art, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (US). 2013Cut ‘n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
Publications Jakob Kolding, “In the Name of”, in: Starship #17, 2018.
Jakob Kolding: “The End of the World”, in: Starship #15, 2016.
Jacob Fabricius and Jakob Kolding: Jakob Kolding: Nothing is Always Absolutely So, Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen 2015.
Jakob Kolding: “New New Impressions of Africa”, in: Starship #13, 2015.
Jakob Kolding: The Hat, Cru Editions, Barcelona 2014.
Jacob Proctor and Lars Bang Larsen: Jakob Kolding: Shifting Realities, exh. cat., JRP Ringier, Michigan 2010.