As part of the ARV.I artist residency program, Sofie Amalie Andersen concludes her artist-in-residence with a solo exhibition, titled Expanded Fields, at Gallery Heerz Tooya.
Cut a stone in half, and you have two stones. Right? Conditions of possibilities do surface in paradoxical measurements. With the exhibition Expanded Fields, Sofie Amalie Andersen reminds us that everything is connected, and there are no limitations to the untold. Working with various media, techniques, and materials and situating her artworks mise-en-abîme up against the background of itself, Andersen invites us to dive with her into the abyss and question the void surrounding us halfway in the freefall. As we witness Andersen's subtle and graceful touch, vertigo is inevitable.
We, humans, have an unbelievable creative ability to construct ways and means of living. Especially inherent in terms of our archeological sensibilities. Obsessively digging into the past, recontextualizing artifacts' purpose and meaning, and surrounding them with a productive language. As we set it all up and marvel at its dandified materialism, we tend to undermine the ability to grasp or even imagine to excavate the future.
As Andersens limestone series is situated on the gallery marble floor, value and status are added to the equation. Lack of support, yet one with the floor. Familiarized yet alienated. Left with traces and detached from cliche. Expanded.
Sofie Amalie Andersen (b. 1989, Copenhagen) lives and works in Nexø, Denmark. She recently graduated from the MFA program at Malmö Art Academy and has previously attained a BFA from Oslo Art Academy and a bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Copenhagen. Sofie Amalie Andersen has, among other places, exhibited her work at Sydhavn Station (Copenhagen), KH7 Artspace (Aarhus), and R2 gallery (Svaneke). Besides her own artistic practice, she runs the exhibition space Sol on the Danish island Bornholm. www.sofieamalieandersen.com / www.solnexoe.com
The exhibition is supported by the Municipality of Veliko Turnovo, Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen, and the Danish Arts Foundation. Many thanks to Tequila Bar Funky Monkey and Vratsa Stone Ltd.