John Kørner: Life in a Box
Victoria Miro presents Life in a Box, an exhibition by the Copenhagen-based artist John Kørner, featuring new and recent paintings, and sculptural elements including a climbing frame that also functions as a bar.
A painter of erudite, questioning canvases in which topical content is tackled with various degrees of abstraction and metaphor, John Kørner has developed a wide-ranging practice that speaks beyond the boundaries of the painted image to include installations that transform the viewer’s experience of three-dimensional space. He is celebrated for his ongoing ‘problems’ – egg-shaped forms that appear in his paintings and as sculptures created in a variety of materials, sizes and colours, which allude not to specific problems per se but to the nature of problems as they emerge, are represented and comprehended in the world.
Life in a Box, John Kørner’s new exhibition at Victoria Miro, considers the things – physical, emotional, conceptual – that constrain us and the ways in which we attempt to outrun or overcome them. The show features paintings, along with an installation of participatory sculptures, as well as the artist’s signature Problems – egg-shaped forms that appear in his paintings and as sculptures, which allude not to specific problems per se but to the nature of problems as they emerge and are comprehended in the world. He discusses the problems on his mind around the show and possibilities that arise from them.
‘We all live in a box, more or less: in modern homes, in our heads. For me, it’s interesting to see how this idea might relate to painting. Works such as Cardboard box began very simply, taking the form of a box as a starting point. But, it’s also interesting to create the contents of a box, or to think of it as an environment in itself. The opening up of the box is a whole new way of painting for me. It’s a different viewpoint on the world.’
The opening up of the box is a whole new way of painting for me. It’s a different viewpoint on the world.