Peter Callesen

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Peter Callesen
Born Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Education Goldsmiths College
Known for Sculpture

Peter Callesen (born in Copenhagen[1] in 1967) is a Danish artist and author. Callesen is renowned for his talent in combining the minimalism of a big crisp white sheet of paper with the complexity of meticulously cut and folded paper and uses the two to build out some aesthetically pleasing compositions. Particularly noteworthy are his works where the remains of the cut and folded objects are literally shadows of the objects former self. He uses the positive and negative space to tell a sometimes-dark story about the past and future of his subject using only a white sheet of paper. Callesen also works with a variety of other media including installations, performances, and monoprints.[2]

He creates intricate papercut artwork from A4 paper and in large-scale installations. Each work is created from one sheet of paper, be it three-dimensional flowers falling from a bouquet's negative, a hummingbird flying from the page, or a child-size castle crafted from a billboard-sized paper. He uses paper because he says it is "probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today," but we "rarely notice the actual materiality" of it.[3] There is a tragic quality to most of his subjects, whether it's a flower dying, an angel locked in a birdcage, or even an apple reduced to its core. So the frail and delicate paper medium underlines that element of calamity.

He says: "The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent two-dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the three-dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts".[4] He is currently represented by the Galería Valle Ortí in Spain.[5][6]

Education[edit]

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  • 1997-00 Goldsmiths College, London
  • 1994-97 Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Århus
  • 1993-94 Århus Art School (Foundation Course)
  • 1990-93 Århus School of Architecture

Exhibitions[edit]

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Solo Exhibitions[edit]

2012- went to warrington

2011

2010

  • Out of Nothing - Mjelby Art Museum, Halmstad, Sweden
  • Skin of Paper - Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center

2009

  • Out of Nothing - Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark
  • Out of Nothing - The Museum of Religious Art, Lemvig, Denmark

2008

2007

2006

2005

  • do ART gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • Egg ballet, Odense Performance Festival
  • Concert for birds, performance on Christianshavns Volde in Copenhagen

2004

  • emilyTsingou gallery, London
  • Mirage, Galleri Koch und Kesslau, Berlin

2003

  • Snowdrifting, The Kiosk Project, London

2001

  • The Life of The Dying Swan, Gallery Tommy Lund, Copenhagen
  • White Shadows, installation & performance, Esbjerg Art Museum, Denmark

2000

  • Der Sterbende Schwan, Gallery KUNST auf KAMPNAGEL, Hamburg
  • Jukebox, performance at Gallery Muu, Helsinki
  • Hvorfor blir det nat mor, three days performance, Gallery Tommy Lund, Copenhagen

1999

  • The Dying Swan is back, performance at Goldsmiths College's exhibitionspace
  • Sailing, performance at Overgaden, Copenhagen
  • Happy Birthday, performance in Goldsmiths College's canteen, London
  • Castle, two weeks happening at Goldsmiths College, London

1998

  • The Dying swan, performance at Det Fynske Kunstakademis Udstillingssted, Odense
  • The Dying swan, performance at Goldsmiths College's exhibitionspace

1997

  • Peter R. Callesen præsenterer Peter R. Callesen, happening in rum 46, Århus
  • Little Peter Spiderman III, performance & installation in rum 46, Århus
  • Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe", happening & installation in rum 46, Århus

Group Exhibitions[edit]

2011

  • “Rønnebæksholm – Stories About A Place”, Rønnebæksholm, Denmark
  • “I Am Like A Bird”, Skovgaardmuseet, Denmark
  • “Habitat”, Gallery Specta, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010

  • Group Exhibition, Galeria Valle Orti, Valencia, Spain
  • Second Party, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009

  • Christmas Group Show, Christina WIlson, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Silhouettes - pure Contours, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • I midten af værket - Rønnebæksholm
  • Papershapers - Scion Installation, L.A.
  • KURS: Havnen, KØS, Denmark
  • Cut & Paste, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Denmark
  • Et Vintereventyr, Gl. Holtegaard, Denmark
  • Til Vægs, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark

2008

  • Ruiner - fascination og fantasi, Museet På Koldinghus, Denmark.
  • Drømmerier, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Papir i tre dimensioner, Skovgaard Art Museum, Viborg, Denmark.
  • Hidden narratives, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, England.
  • Dream Therapy, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York.

2007

  • Snow Fall, Vejen Art Museum, Denmark. Dec 1st - Mar 24th 2008
  • Fairy Tale, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
  • Venice Biennale, Mobile Journey, Crossing, San Servolo Venice, Italy
  • Fairy Tale, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales
  • Spor, Esbjerg Art Museum, Denmark
  • Exportable Goods, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
  • Fairy Tale, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, England

2006

  • Group Show, Emily Tsingou, London, England
  • ART COPENHAGEN - THE NORDIC ART FAIR
  • Shanghai Biennale 6, Shanghai Art Museum, China
  • Paper Cuts, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, England
  • Fuori è un giorno fragile, Imbiancheria del Vajro, Chieri,Torino, Italy
  • Papercut. Voges + Partner Gallerie, Frankurt am Main, Germany
  • Inner to Go, Gallery Vamiali, Athens. Greece
  • TRANSIT 2006, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen

2005

  • Inaugural show, Helene Nyborg Contemporary, Copenhagen
  • Superbia 2, Cork in Ireland, organized by Kerlin Gallery
  • Vandspejl, exhibition in Frederiksberg Garden, Copenhagen organizer and artist,
  • Tell tail, Ewha Art Centre, Seoul Korea, paper works and performance
  • The City Rumble, Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
  • The Armory Show, Art Fair New York, represented by Emily Tsingou Gallery
  • Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen

2004

  • Hidden (hi)stories Galerie K & S, Berlin
  • Charlottenborgs efterårsudstilling, Copenhagen
  • Paper, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London
  • Monument, a public art exhibition in Copenhagen, Main Library and in public

2003

  • From Dust to Dusk, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, performance & installation
  • TURMSTURM, organizer and artist, Nikolaj,Copenhagen Contemporary Art
  • Amorph, performancefestival in Helsinki, interactive installation Palace of Dreams
  • NB – lad os modes, videoproject with Kenneth Balfelt, Ydre Nørrebro, Copenhagen
  • Ung Samtidskunst, Marineteknologisk center, Skagen

2002

  • Artgenda, Hamburg
  • Kunstparade, Copenhagen

2001

  • Masculinities, Nicolai Church, Copenhagen, performance & video
  • Barcelona Arte Contempereano, BAC, performance & installation, Barcelona
  • Videomanifesta, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen
  • Art Fair in Basel, Gallery Tommy Lund
  • Quality Street, Gallery Tommy Lund
  • ARTKINO, videoscreening at Frankfurt Art Fair
  • All the best, videoscreening at the LUX, London
  • Location, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, performance The Flying Swan & installation Family

2000

  • Assembly, London, installation BridgeKonnektor Berlin, Berlin, performance Jukebox & To be - or not to be
  • The Rest of the Story, Chelsea College, London, sculpture Little Head
  • Waterfront, Denmark and Sweden, Folding, Little Peter Spiderman & To be - or not to be
  • Art Forum, Art Fair in Berlin, Gallery Tommy Lund
  • Ylikierroksilla, performance project in Helsinki
  • Art Fair in Basel, Gallery Tommy Lund
  • Croma2, Inauguración Festival, Madrid, video projection So Cold
  • Summer Agglutinate 3 + 4, 291 Gallery, London, performance & video
  • Box Museum 2000, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, Handy & drawings

1999

  • Post-Ulu Gig, Singapore, videos Inside Out & Face to Face
  • The Last Show on Earth, London, performance Jukebox
  • Art Forum, Art Fair in Berlin, Gallery Tommy Lund
  • Performancefestival in Odense, performance Folding
  • Samtidskunstforum in Oslo, videoinstallation Johanne's Cottage
  • The Sun was Shining Upside-down, Overgaden, Copenhagen
  • Cardiff Timebased Art Festival, performance Assurance

1998

  • Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling in Copenhagen, video Dreamdriving
  • Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling in Århus, video Handy, Inside Out & To be - or not to be
  • Environmental, London, video Little Peter Spiderman I & I I

1997

  • View, Videotek in rum 46, Århus, video Action & So Cold
  • Performancefestival in Odense, video Lille Peter Spiderman & So Cold
  • Charlottenborgs Forårudstilling, Copenhagen, video Little Peter Spiderman I & I I

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