John Kørner

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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. 

In Focus

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.’

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

25 January - 18 March 2017

House Work

Including Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly. A group exhibition...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
8 April - 14 May 2016

John Kørner

Apple Bombs
An exhibition of new paintings by the Copenhagen-based artist. Painting, for Kørner, serves the unambiguous, if impalpable, function of exercising the imagination much in the same way as a bicycle stretches out the legs. The artist’s previous work has variously...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
19 January - 2 March 2013

John Kørner

Fallen Fruit From Frisland
The gallery's third exhibition by the Danish artist. Fallen Fruit from Frisland comprises a series of new paintings presented as part of an installation that features a carpeted floor, rising wave-like against one wall, and a simple wooden boat made...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
22 June - 30 July 2010

In the Company of Alice

Group Exhibition
'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
25 November 2008 - 24 January 2009

John Kørner

War Problems
War Problems is a new series of sixteen large-scale works, each representing a Danish solider killed in Afghanistan and each bearing a single name - Anders, Mikkel, Thomas, Sonny. Recently on view as part of the 2008 U-Turn Copenhagen Quadriennial,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
25 November - 22 December 2006

John Kørner

2006 Problems
There are plenty of known knowns in what John Kørner has recently painted: ships and trees, men and women, crocodiles and birds, town and country-and most apparently in '2006 Problems', factories and bicycles. These are modern things that we know...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
30 March - 24 April 2004

Painting 2004

Group Exhibition
Hernan Bas, Avner Ben-Gal, Varda Caivano, Charline von Heyl, John Kørner, Dana Schutz, Suling Wang Painting 2004 showcases the work of a younger generation of international artists originating from America, Argentina, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Israel and Taiwan. Their work draws...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
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