Super Future Kid 'SMELLS LIKE TEENAGE ARMPIT´ at Gallery Poulsen

Our friends at Gallery Poulsen are hosting Super Future Kid for her first solo show in Denmark today! Read a brief release bellow and head over to their website to check more info.

SMELLS LIKE TEENAGE ARMPIT´

On October 26th internationally acclaimed artist Super Future Kid will open her first solo show in Denmark! We are so lucky to have her and her trippy art at Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen this fall. Super Future Kid’s art is true art candy and has been featured in well-known magazines like i-D Magazine, Juxtapoz and LARMAGAZINE to name a few.

Super Future Kid’s solo show happens to coincide with the 30-year celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A historic moment in time that has been defining for the development of her expressive style, as she grew up in the Eastern Bloc without the fancy, flashy world of toys and cartoons that children had access to in West Germany. After the fall of the Berlin Wall life for Super Future Kid changed dramatically. Her reality expanded with the sudden emergence of Western popular culture, especially through video games, brightly colored toys, TV commercials and junk food, all of which transformed the world as she knew it completely. It was like a dream for her as an 8-year old kid and as her artistic work reflects, her obsessive fascination with toys, cartoons and colors never changed. Super Future Kid explains that this fascination is a driving force in her work, as it motivates her curiosity and desire to create and to play with thoughts about identity and what it means to be human.

The show “SMELLS LIKE TEENAGE ARMPIT” will include paintings and sculptures and transform the gallery into a playful Gesamtkunstwerk that radiates youth and dreaming.

The artist on the exhibition:

“Imagine having a dream and in that dream, you find something. It's a special object or thing, and you like it so much that you want to keep it and take it with you into the real world. So, you hold it tightly in your dream hands to make sure it’s still there once the dream ends, but the moment you wake up it's gone.

I used to have those dreams when I was little. I was so sure it was only a matter of technique to get a dream thing to become a real thing but of course it never worked out.

Recently I have begun to remember those dreams and the desire and inevitable disappointment that came with failing at this impossible task.

I find that a painting is in many ways very similar to a dream. The canvas reflects snapshots or still images of the brain playing its games, imagining things that might seem real but are instead a fantasy world, sealed up through layers of paint. You can look at it, but you cannot touch or take anything from it, because it's impossible to enter the pictorial plane.

The work that I made for this show is my way of reimagining those moments of wanting to materialize a dream thing from its existence as a mental image into a physical object, that I can hold in my hands.

All the paintings in this show started out as ideas I had just before falling asleep in my bed. I like to keep my iPad as a sketch book right next to me. As soon as I go to bed my mind lights up and wants to start drawing, so I often draw or paint on it until my eyelids fall down.

The moment I close my eyes my head continues producing images and creates dreams that almost feel like living a second life, until I wake up again to find myself back in the real world.

In a way I feel that these paintings are like semi dreams as they come into existence right on the border of being awake and asleep. This time however I decided to allow the things that exist within that sealed up fantasy world to get an appearance as actual objects outside of their unreachable dimensions, like souvenirs from the other side.” – Super Future Kid