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Rune Bosse

States of Beeing

20 August - 2 October 2021

 

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With traces of a creative human being in nature, the gallery will be transformed into a place where trees and plant species will grow, germinate and take over the gallery's white cube. By installing oak trees and integrating them into a forest soil in the middle of the gallery, Rune Bosse wants to highlight the sculptural element that nature possesses. In addition, Bosse will exhibit a series of works on the theme of poet, philosopher and scientist Johan Wolfgang von Goethe's (1749-1832)  Ur-phänomen theories. In this series of works, Bosse has collected stems, flowers and roots from various plants, and put these together in new constellations of “Ur-plants”, which form a new species that symbolizes the interconnectedness of everything. The works are changeable and transform over time just like ourselves. Herein lies an understanding of the viewer's encounter with art as dynamic and at each glance the work will change and create new meaning.

 

“Beauty is a primeval phenomenon. It never makes an appearance itself, but is a visible reflection in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind. It is as various as nature herself.” - Johan Wolfgang von Goethe.

 

According to Goethe, the ‘Ur-plant’, the mother of all plants, should serve as proof that all plant species have a common primordial form. Rune Bosse has spent the spring and summer months collecting material to recreate Goethe's ‘Ur-plant' phenomenon. The work series consists of twelve framed works with flowers in the shades of yellow, yellow-red (orange), purple, violet, blue and green. All the color shades come from Goethe's Theory of Colours, which he published in 1810 as part of his color theory. Here Goethe examined color and light, and the relationship between light and darkness, on the basis of basic questions about how colors occur and what effect they have on mankind. He ended up creating a six-part color circle, based on two basic colors, yellow and blue, which arise from light and darkness and incorporate a spiritual dimension where each color possesses a psychological effect. Purple, for example, signals seriousness, dignity and grace, while the green hues create calm and satisfy the eye.

 

Rune Bosse always has nature as a focal point in his artistic work. Through a poetic, philosophical and scientific approach, Bosse studies the structures, patterns and attributes of nature, and how they relate to and influence each other. In dialogue with nature, Bosse works with collecting variations of plant species and flora, to then examine and dissect them and finally to combine the elements into new compositions. An approach which consists of isolating the elements and leaving the basic structure of the plant to expose its morphology and to create new connections. It requires great perseverance, tenderness and precision to collect the material, discover new contexts and randomly generated phenomena. The dialogue with the organic material is imperative, as Bosse tries to remind us of our inseparable connection to nature and our common and eternal primordial condition.

Rune Bosse's artistic practice is an extension of the Land Art movement, which emerged in the 1960s in the United States. The movement drew on minimalism and installation art and was an attempt to bring art into nature and use nature as the material for the work of art. For both the Land Art movement and for Rune Bosse, change over time is an absolutely crucial concept. The natural processes that the materials and surroundings undergo become part of the work.  Time, which can be concretely read in nature, appears circular; from fresh green sprouts and newly blossomed flowers to the wilting decay of autumn. The organic compounds that Bosse installs, shares and assembles are about initiating a process that only becomes apparent in time - in some cases many years. The integrated trees will grow organically and undisturbed during the gallery's exhibition period and will then be moved to Oremandsgaard forest, where they will live on. Thus, all the installations will gradually be brought back to the nature that has inspired Rune Bosse, and be included in it as material.

 

ABOUT RUNE BOSSE

Rune Bosse (b. 1987) lives and works at Oremandsgaard, Præstø. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and combined this with studies at Olafur Eliasson's experimental art school, Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin. Previous exhibitions include the Festival of Future Nows at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, in 2014, 'EXTRACT' at the exhibition venue Kunstforeningen GL. Strand, Copenhagen, in 2017, AROS Triennial 'The Garden' also in 2017, the exhibition 'Jordforbindelser' at Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in 2018, 'Hummings' at KØS and the exhibition 'Blomsten i Kunsten' at Arken in 2021. Bosses works can be experienced in several public collections, including ARoS Museum of Modern Art, Tønder Art Museum and Statens Kunstfond.