Art in Denmark. Flower Children by Ole Tersløse Jensen at Oxholm Gallery in Copenhagen. Opening 10. October, 12.00, until 1. November 2015. The term ‘Flower Children’ was coined in the 60’s by the American beatnik poet, Alan Ginsberg (1926-97), who suggested handing out flowers as a gesture of peace.
In Ole Tersløse’s series ‘Flower Children’, that consists of 6 large computer generated images printed as lambda prints, the term is to be read literally. As the recurrent motif we see apparently harmonious arrangements of children next to oversized plants.
However, the idea of peace and harmony between innocent children and nature does not hold water.
One child is busy cutting a flower into pieces with a hedge clipper, and two of the children are hiding behind or inside the growths, like ostriches, who don’t want to be detected or revealed. We soon realize, that ‘The Snake in Paradise’ is present in numerous guises.
Although the children seem natural by virtue of their nakedness, they appear to be eerie, artificial objects. They are not real children, but are made from scratch in the same computer programs used in creating special effects for films such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar. However, unlike the typical Hollywood realism, Tersløse never attempts to create a perfect illusion, and so his artificial children are too perfect and too ‘clean’ to be true.
Furthermore, the whole setup, with the neutral background and the soft lighting, creates associations to commercial images of various consumer goods, in which the object depicted is imbued with an aura of something sacred and unattainable, but at the same time it remains cold and unapproachable.
Actually, there is no longer anything natural or original present in Tersløse’s flower children paradise, because it is all created in advanced computer programs. By creating this false paradise, Tersløse reveals our preconceptions of an original, natural state of innocence as a cultural construction. His works are more about our mentally constructed ‘reality’ than reality itself. He focuses on our understanding of reality, or perhaps our lack thereof…?
About Ole Tersløse:
Ole Tersløse is originally trained as a painter, but in recent years he primarily has worked with computer-manipulated photography and visualization in 3D computer programs. Although his works may resemble photographs at first glance, Tersløse never uses photography as the basis for his imagery; instead, he creates each image from scratch using high-end 3d computer applications. The endless possibilities of computer graphics set him free to create works, reinterpret and reconstruct the world with a touch of poetry and madness.
About Oxholm Gallery:
Oxholm Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Oxholm Gallery represents and showcases works by up-and-coming as well as established artists with both local and international backgrounds (e.g. Johnson Tsang and Shay Davis).
Oxholm Gallery operates domestically and internationally and have participated in art fairs in Miami and Basel.
Ravnsborggade 5 & 6. DK-2200 Copenhagen N. Denmark.