Exhibition SLOW ART 6 April to 5 May 2019 by Martin Nannestad Jørgensen.
The result of more than 10 years of work can be seen when Martin Nannestad Jørgensen shows his monumental tapestries at the exhibition “Slow Art” in the Round Tower’s Library Hall.
A classic saying goes that life is short while art is long. There is ample opportunity to ascertain at least the last part of the statement when the Round Tower presents works by the artist Martin Nannestad Jørgensen at the exhibition “Slow Art”.
The exhibition’s 14 monumental tapestries, here shown for the first time, have been long in the making. More than 10 years have passed since Martin Nannestad Jørgensen began the first one, and each of the works has demanded months of work before he has been able to see the final result. The series of tapestries, in his own words, has developed to have inner tensions between chaos and balance. “The pictures both grate and rest,” as he says.
The monumental works are inspired by photographs that Martin Nannestad Jørgensen has transformed into tapestries in a time-consuming process that includes special colouring of all the yarn he has used. “Some of the photographs contain a mood or an idea that spurs me and which can be further processed into an actual pictorial composition,” says Martin Nannestad Jørgensen, who has worked with a high level of detail and a precise selection of colours at the loom. Martin Nannestad Jørgensen, who was born in 1959 in Sweden, has received a large number of awards. Throughout his career, he has performed several tasks for churches all over the country, and he is also familiar with the Trinity complex, which the Round Tower is a part of. Most recently, in 2005, he made new altar carpets to the Trinity Church just below the Round Tower’s exhibition hall, the Library Hall, and before that he produced new vestments for the church’s priests. He also has experience with the Library Hall, since in 2002, he participated in its jubilee exhibition for the Danish Society for Ecclesiastical Art. During the present exhibition, the tapestries will be accompanied by a sound collage created by organist Søren Christian Vestergaard of the Trinity Church and accordionist Julie Holmegaard Schade. Together they play evocative improvisations with melodic phrases from hymns and folk songs. The sound collage is recorded in the Trinity Church and thus constitutes yet another connection between the church and the tower.
Film made by Johan Nitschke