Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry

 

presented by Danielle Arnaud

 

 

The series of drawings depicts actors dead on films. The drawings function as a study of a fictive event. As the frame is stilled, the quality of the face, its gravity and its gaze are being studied in detail. Using the traditional technique of drawing as a means to understand, to see and to observe the seriousness of what can be defined as an ultimate truth of life, the image is placed in tension with its fictive origins.   Karin Kihlberg (SE) and Reuben Henry (UK) have been collaborating since 2004. Using an interdisciplinary approach their work explores how documentation, representation, and narratives are utilised by contemporary culture as routes to comprehend and consume the contemporary paradigm. In 2009 they were awarded the first prize for the ASPEX Emergency 4 exhibition with their work Performance #1, #2 & #3 . Recent group exhibitions include Art Futures at Bloomberg Space, Art Summer University at Tate Modern, The 100 ideas Festival at Hayward Gallery, Please Excuse my Appearance at Ikon Gallery and Cut my Legs of and Call Me Shorty at Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Citric Gallery in Italy, Centre des Arts Actuels SKOL in Canada as part of Les Mois de la Photo á Montréal and at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester, UK. Kihlberg and Henry are currently working as researchers in the fine art department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

 

 


Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry, Dead Actor No. 2, 2009, pencil on paper 29,7 x 42 cm