Roger Mortimer is interested in the nature of attachment in the psychological sense. When this fundamental relational need is disrupted, it generates conflict, adaptive behavior and intense suffering. His paintings explore these themes, through allegorical scrambling of time and geography, giving rise to dense layering of colliding or intertwined worlds and systems. In Mortimer’s fantastical landscapes and watery coasts, people and creatures enact dynamic vignettes of horror and suffering, as well as the possibility of transformation.
Roger Mortimer was born in Mangakino, and lives in Auckland New Zealand. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. He has exhibited regularly since then with annual solo shows. Group exhibitions include Idyll, New Zealand Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe; Top Ten; New Acquisitions for the University of Auckland Art Collection Gus Fisher Gallery; High Chair, St. Paul St. Auckland University of Technology Gallery; After Killeen, Artspace, Auckland; Flesh and Fruity, Artspace, Auckland; Manufacturing Meaning, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington. His work is included in both private and public collections in New Zealand, France, Belgium and Hong Kong. In 2014 he was winner of the James Wallace Art Award.
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Residents from New Zealand
Rasmus Høj Mygind
Rasmus Høj Mygind’s practice encompasses a range of media including; painting, digital printmaking and ready-made sculpture/assemblage, often mixed together as parts of larger installations. A recurring interest – perhaps a fetish for objects and aesthetics from the building industry- is evident in his work. Practical gestures from art handling, such as the protection tape put on the glass to protects the work, is used as a part of the composition of a series of framed works. Roof gutters are used as frames for paintings. It’s borderline archaic art as we know it. And yet there is something else going on, post-taste.
Rasmus Høj Mygind’s recent solo shows include Work.pdf, Ringsted Galleriet; PVCntings & Suggestions 4 Bronzes, 3D, Henningsen Gallery, Copenhagen; and Break Time Pro, OTHER Projects. Mygind’s work has been exhibited at IMO, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Den Frie Center for Contemporary Art, TOVES, Malmø Konsthall, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Galerie West, Randers Kunstmuseum.
Residents from Denmark
Jan Mun explores the generative principles of how complex systems such as botany and fungi, economies, and social networks function; and the effects of interactions between different entities, whether cultures, plants, or people. Mun is a media artist that creates social sculptures. She uses a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of social practice, interactive installations, and bio-art. Mun is an amateur mycologist, microbiologist, and beekeeper working in collaboration with communities to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public.
Jan Mun is working on two long-term projects: Greenpoint Bioremediation Project an artist-led creative cleanup and community partnership to innovate bioremediation practices for residents in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (one of the most polluted urban areas in the country) and ProfileUS: Invasive Species, which examines the biopolitics of the migrations of non-native plants and people in the United States.