Rasmus Nilausen | Salvatore

Traneudstillingen is showing conceptual painting in the winter of 2014-15. Rasmus Nilausen is a younger Danish painter who currently is leaving his mark on the English and Spanish art-scene. With “Salvatore” he will be showing his work is for the first time in a solo exhibition before a Danish audience. The show consists of a painterly total-installation, that examinins the bombardment of our visual culture.

The work of Rasmus Nilausen combines the simple figures and raw text-bits of cartoons with the classical genre of still life painting. Tongues, carrots, candles and other worldly objects are pictured in the works, arranged in small tableaus, in which each element takes on the role of an allegory. Ergo, the paintings can be read and work as small parables about the artist and art itself – about ambition, impulse, inspiration and even death.

Salvatore is the name of a character in Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose. He is a monk who speaks in fragments of all of the European tongues, all at once. To Nilausen he is an allegory of painting as an intense, complex and sensorial way of expression. Humour and the ’Babylonian’ runs through the works, where classical references are mixed with spaghetti and pickled cucumbers.

”The fictive character Salvatore is an image of a working process, which links references, copy/paste, quotations and anachronistic connexions. Salvatore acts according to an untidy sort of order. A freely associated and absurd diagram of all and nothing. A mind-map, where text becomes image and subjective connexions are made without judgments of beauty nor ugliness, since it is often both at the same time.”

Rasmus Nilausen | Salvatore

13.12.2014 – 08.02.2015

Gentofte Hovedbibliotek
Ahlmanns Allé 6
DK-2900 Hellerup