From December 9 2021 to February 5 2022, NOVO Milano is pleased to present “Bright Beneath”, the first solo show in Milan by Kristian Touborg. Previously exhibited within Eduardo Secci’s program, the exhibition is the second project dedicated to the work of the young Danish artist.
Shifting away from the emphasis on sculptural approaches to painting that have informed recent exhibitions, for this new body of work the artist returns to a more intimately figurative and narrative style, situated within a richly saturated emotional environment.
Whilst continuing to combine synthetic materials, oil painting technique and digital tools, Kristian Touborg’s core practice - with its focus on materiality and spatial presence - turns its attention towards complex inner dimensions rather than the general qualities derived from the study of forms.
Motifs from the Touborg’s’s daily life are elevated to the status of symbols, gaining universal psychological and emotional significance in the process. Elements of the uncanny and the mysterious are blended with humour and a sense of tranquility to create a complex but coherent visual language. These works are filled with references to the artist’s boyhood and to the familial sphere. However the division between truth and the imaginary is blurred and the paintings revel in the dance between abstraction and figuration, digital and painterly sensibilities and existential concerns with death and celebrations of life. The cumulative effect is akin to something of an aesthetic synesthesia.