About the Artist
With lightness of touch and painterly dexterity, John Kørner explores his medium’s fundamental duality - its physical presence and its descriptive powers - and the potential for communication or miscommunication that ensues. Kørner has referred to his apparently cheerful paintings as 'Problems'. The viewer is often presented with non-figurative forms including multicoloured ovals and dancing arabesques that symbolise a kind of pre-thought, and simple figurative elements that remind us of the ways in which paint can be used to evoke universally recognisable things: a bicycle, a crocodile, a ship, a person. When displayed simultaneously, often on grounds of intense colour in the works for which Kørner first became known, these abstract signs and nameable things cause the eye to dance between levels of recognition.
John Kørner: Altid Mange Problemer
Filmed on the occasion of John Kørner: Altid Mange Problemer at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (18 June – 13 August 2017), the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date, Kørner talks about the genesis of his work, including his signature use of yellow, his 2008 series based on the human tragedy of war, and the shifting form and meaning of ‘Problems’ in his work. As he says: ‘I mostly recognise a “Problem” as a metaphor for ongoing life.’