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On the occasion of the exhibition ‘UPTOWN HIGH-RISE’ at Vermilion Sands Copenhagen, we are launching a new spray-painted edition of Asta Meldal Lynge’s Real state with text by Eleanor Ivory Weber. A selection is on view until 31st March. The exhibition also features work by Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Mette Hammer Juhl & Lorenzo Tebano.
Real state (sprayed)
Ed. of 450
Asta Meldal Lynge
Text by Eleanor Ivory Weber
Design by Rory Gleeson with Asta Meldal Lynge
Published by Studio Operative
216 x 279 mm, 128pp, softcover, spray paint
This publication is supported using public funding by The National Lottery funds through Arts Council England
‘Even though the house is to be built on a particular site for particular clients, it already occupies the space of the computer and will carry the traces of this occupation when it is finally constructed’ - Beatriz Colomina, The Media House (1995).
Semi-fictional aphorisms play out in a landscape of piledrivers, cement and skyrocketing homes as an attempt to grasp the intensifying and terrifying tendency of image-building. These newbuilds present themselves as aspiring icons or landmarks steadily, floor by floor, cladding the city, floor by floor, in its marketed self-image. This is what it feels like, the travel sweat of the sharing economy, the growth towards profit from the depths of credit. Sold to you through cushiony images with sunflair despite the lens-less production and lack of index to any actual situation.
These renderings are produced without the use of a camera and come from 3D space where the laws of physics and perspective are entirely different. Layer upon layer, building site hoardings shoulder against pedestrians in the flattest possible sense, until a window, a gate or a crack between two boards allow a fleeting look at the progress.
Located in Copenhagen, Vermilion Sands is an exhibition space for local and international contemporary art with an emphasis on experimental strategies of curation, mediation and access.
Images ©Asta Meldal Lynge, except the exhibition view ©Kevin Malcolm