Galleri Nicolai Wallner is pleased to present Folx—our first solo exhibition with Rasmus Myrup.
Bringing together elements from our natural and social histories, Rasmus Myrup’s practice puts forward parallel narratives of what once was and what continues to be. Love, sex, and power are brought into focus, tying together the worlds of flora, fauna and people alike.
Myrup’s installations, sculptures and works on paper reintroduce us to a world which is subversively ours but can be overtly ours if we so choose. This drive to bring other narratives to the forefront is echoed in Myrup’s technical prowess, which utilises both traditional practices and modern techniques to create something which feels uniquely in the here and now. This dynamic world is brought to life within the context of Folx. Under this newfangled, more inclusive spelling of the earthy, traditional word “folks”, sculptures in the form of figures from Danish folklore, Scandinavian stories and Norse mythology inhabit the exhibition space. Just as in their respective tales —some known, some forgotten—each figure feels both human and other at the same time.
Echoing this duplicity, each backstory is both incredibly detailed and vague, referring to an abundance of tales both contradictory and similar. Iconic elements from these stories are incorporated by Myrup into the sculptures, with natural elements often sourced by Myrup from the places where the stories take place. Oysters from Limfjorden make up the face of the mother whose child created the fjord, rye and bread make the body of The Rye Bitch [Rugkællingen], and soil from where Gefion is purported to have lived make up her face, body and the mud on her skirt.
Fabricated or supposed differences between nature and culture are done away with, as these figures often give explanations for how our world was physically created while their stories invoke cultural
traditions which live long past our knowledge of why and how they came into being. These folx might represent a wild and untamed nature that opposes any organized society, but they are in fact pure
creations of human culture.
Source: Galleri Nicolai Wallner