Dendrochronodrawing - Seeing Time
Stefan Bakmand (DK)
September 25 - November 15, 2020 in The Demo Room at Galleri Image
When a tree is cut down, it is possible to determine its age by counting the number of rings in its cross-section. Each ring represents one year. This is the essence of “dendrochronology” - the scientific method of dating tree rings.
For The Demo Room, Stefan Bakmand (DK) will draw patterns inspired by tree rings on the surface of the gallery window. A mirror on the gallery’s back wall will reflect these patterns. Between these two surfaces stands a framed drawing, made directly on a mirror, which Bakmand covered edge-to-edge with neon yellow circles, waves, and loops. Lit by red spotlights, the window will be transformed into a riot of line and colour.
Bakmand is interested in how these drawings - and the tree rings that inspire them - show the passage of time in a very concrete way. He describes the act of drawing these patterns as a circular process; an incessant activity that comes back to itself as the dots and lines grow denser and denser. But these works also reveal Bakmand’s interest in psychological phenomena, such as sober hallucinations and apophenia, where visual perception is transfixed or hijacked by pattern.
About the artist
Stefan Bakmand (DK)’s research-oriented artistic practice explores notions of the collective unconscious and reality as a mythical and magical thought-space. Currently he is investigating the history of psychoactive substance use for altered states and heightened awareness, and the way it is presented in pop culture, memes, literature and anthropology across history. More broadly he is interested in the evolution of consciousness and its relation to spirituality, mysticism and the occult. Bakmand graduated from Det Jyske Kunstakademi in 2015. After a series of international residencies and research stays, Bakmand returned to Aarhus in 2020 and is now based in Corporum, an artist-run studio collective for recent graduate artists in Godsbanen.
Call & Response
This exhibition is presented as part of Call & Response, an experimental project that activates two window galleries (The Demo Room in Aarhus, Denmark and AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent, UK) as sites for collaborative exhibition-making. Structured as a back-and-forth exhibition series, where one exhibition is made in direct response to another, Call & Response invites four Danish and four British artists to create exhibitions involving a degree of improvisation and reciprocity.
Dendrochronodrawing – Seeing Time has been conceived in response to the previous exhibition in The Demo Room, Exposing Time by Beatrice Bromley (UK), which also visualized the passage of time. Bakmand and Bromley will continue their visual dialogue in 2021 with a duo exhibition in the window venue at AirSpace Gallery.
Call & Response is curated by Pamela Grombacher, in collaboration with AirSpace Gallery and Galleri Image. The project is supported by the Danish Art Foundation, the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), Arts Council England, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
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