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John KÝrner: Fallen Fruit From Frisland

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Danish Landscapes in Acrylics

Born in 1967, the Danish artist, John KÝrner, is a painter who works in acrylics. While his previous works from 2006 and 2008 focussed on the human cost of Denmark's involvement in the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan, his most recent series takes a gentler theme, harkening back to the memories and landscapes of his homeland.

These works will be on display as part of the Fallen Fruit From Frisland exhibition, which is being held at Victoria Miro until the 2nd of March.

The title refers to Frisia, which is a coastal area along the Danish border. Before the 1920s, when canals were constructed, the lowland area was prone to flooding, and farmers had to use boats to travel from field to field. KÝrner's own great grandfather did this, using a self-made wooden boat, which is on display as part of the exhibit.

KÝrner's use of watered down acrylics complements the theme of the sea perfectly. The colours appear to bleed into one another, which depicts all the more successfully, how vulnerable his rural landscapes are to being washed away by flooding.

As you enter the exhibit, you will be greeted by a wall covered in a geometrically patterned carpet. The manmade 'wave' is part of a skateboard ramp, and its grandiose design provides a theatrical entrance upon arrival.
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Why? Interesting for art lovers
When: Until 2nd March
Phone: 44 (0)20 7336 8109
Where: Victoria Miro
Cost: Free
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