Art Fairs Give ‘Em a Break

April 2nd, 2014 — 4:11pm

Art fairs. Give ‘em a break

I hear repeatedly that art fairs suck. They not only suck. They suck the life out of art and artist. Evil evil evil. But I not only like ‘em. I love ‘em. It gets me a chance to show my stuff to the world. In New York or Paris or London or even Berlin their might be enough people watching, going and exploring art in galleries but I feel humbled and honored to show my work to as many people as possible.

Obviously there are many things about the art market that doesn’t go well with the still idealized image of the artist in western culture. But just as most artists aren’t divinely inspired and just like they don’t sacrifice their life for the creation of the one and only masterpiece and that the suffering and starvation isn’t caused by a diagnosed insanity, so the art makes isn’t all philanthropy and girl scout cookie selling. But as in any market, in any business you keep your heart straight and hope you don’t get fucked.

I believe in the good. I believe in good people. Good art. And that eventually the sun will shine on you if you keep on keeping on.

This year I am represented by V1 Gallery at Art Cologne and Market Art Fair in Stockholm and by Klaus Von Nichtssagend at Dallas Art Fair. I hope to get to go to Miami again, but who wouldn’t.

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Going ons

March 23rd, 2014 — 12:58pm

See you all at


Market Art Fair in Stockholm –

Art Cologne –

Dallas Art Fair –


And heads up for my coming New York exhibition at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery on Sep. 9th 2014.




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Press Release

November 25th, 2013 — 10:45am

Grazing Blitz
An exhibition by Thomas Øvlisen


Thomas Øvlisen’s new body of work in Grazing Blitz is the result of his continuous exploration of the potential, or lack of same, of contemporary abstract painting and sculpture.

Entering the gallery the visitor is greeted by four large-scale sculptures. Crafted around a polystyrene core, glass fibre, cloth, and multiple layers of paint, spray paint, auto paint and lacquer, the monolithic shaped pieces have an otherworldly presence – objects of past, present and possible future. It is a shape and format Øvlisen has engaged multiple times over the past years, but in this series, he has broken through the monoliths, leaving gaping holes, large enough for a slim person to climb through. Viewing the sculptures there is the alluring call of “enter the rabbit hole”. Punching through the minimal formal structure, the painterly surface and high gloss finish and entering a sea of emotion with high and low tides and random tsunamis.

The new sculptures might be pivotal to understanding Thomas Øvlisen’s oeuvre. Drawing on various positions and practices, almost contradictory, Pollock, McCraken, abstract Richter, Rothko, Judd and agit-graffiti, Øvlisen’s practice is hard to categorize. His works are both formal and specific, balancing between painting and sculpture, minimal, abstract and infused with an immediate vitality. He is very conscious and forthright about his references, some tending homages and salutes, embracing and acknowledging other artists, past and present. In this sense his work is informed by various traditions and positions, but the work itself transcends the boundaries of categorization. Infusing minimal structured work with emotion, personality and chance. Qualities that minimalism rigorously tried to elude. Giving structure to abstract expressionism and high gloss industrial finish to trash painting.

It only seems like a natural artistic next level of progression for Øvlisen to literally break through to the other side. As a guest in Grazing Blitz you are invited to move eight other new sculptures around, each roughly the size of a slim door, curating and constituting your own version of the exhibition within the exhibition. Each sculpture has two sides and can be turned or flipped and propped against the gallery wall. A gesture that exemplifies Thomas Øvlisen’s belief that contemporary works should be inclusive, informed by, but not controlled by the artist. A radical belief and tactic in a highly ego driven (art) world, that confronts the sanctity, position and permanence of contemporary art.
Thomas Øvlisen (Born 1975, Denmark) lives and works outside Copenhagen. He has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, USA. Øvlisen has exhibited extensively in both Europe and America. Most recently he participated in the exhibition Xtraction at The Hole gallery, New York, for which he received critical praise from New York Times art critic Ken Johnson who ended his review on this note: “While most of the show’s artists remain preoccupied by surface aesthetics, as Mr. Ovlisen, this particular object suggests that for imaginative painters, abstraction may still be a portal to uncharted possibilities”. Grazing Blitz is Thomas Øvlisen’s fourth solo exhibition with V1 Gallery.
We look forward to seeing you.

V1 Gallery.


Please do not hesitate to contact the gallery for further information, press photos or artist interview:
+45 3331 0321 / / / V1 Gallery / Flæsketorvet 69 / 1711 Copenhagen V / DK Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday: 12-18. Saturday: 12-16. Or by appointment. THANK YOU: Tuborg for Tuborg,

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November 20th, 2013 — 12:12pm

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Grazing Blitz at V1 Gallery November 29th

November 19th, 2013 — 11:37pm

I am so excited for my upcoming show at V1 Gallery. I hope to see all of you at my opening.


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Holy Shit

November 15th, 2013 — 7:54pm

The whole world has gone bonkers. No wonder people get depressed all the time. The only important thing is people. And interacting with people. And caring. Who cares about anything else but caring.

Somebody posted an Oscar Wilde quote – nothing that actually happens is of the smallest importance. And it was Hans Ulrich Obrists Instagram feed and it was Pedro Freideberg. Then someone commented another Oscar Wilde quote. Geesos. Sorry paraphrased it. Saying it is like him saying life is too important to take seriously.

Ok. I get it. Or i don’t. The Danish Crown Princess Mary is happy that she is the no. 1 fashion royalty of the world. Great. Good for her. I hope she cares about other stuff. And how come she is royalty? I tweeted a pic of a painting by Thomas Kluge of the royal family. It really shows the sad über depressing state our culture and monarchy is in. It actually made my laugh, but in a deeply disturbed way.

Who cares about anything at all. Nothing that actually happens is of the smallest importance. That means stuff that doesn’t happen is important. Really who cares about that. The only thing that matters is people. Or beings. Or what makes you happy. Don’t listen to me I am just a depressed angry dude.

You can actually hug my new series of sculptures. Not that it matters. But it kind of feels good. Comforting, in a sort of depressing, labeled, art historically insane kind of way. Even though it is hammer depressing to acknowledge I am artist that actually has been hugging my sculptures. Does that mean that the age old conception that the artist is in love with his master pieces might be true. I used to consider my self pretty cool, but I am so old school modernistic retarded and lame. What ever that means.

I know I should be writing insane texts about tectonic movements and its correlation to the shift in the center of the art world or critically analyzing the global flow of currency with the historical trade of cinnamon as an metaphor of free speech in neon art.

But I am rambling and will do so again and again. It helps. I think

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Coming up ending of the year

November 15th, 2013 — 6:57pm

Shows are coming up

I have a sound clip in Zeigen at Nikolaj Kunsthal opening tonight, 15ht of November. Unfortunately I can’t make it. Bare with me.

My solo exhibition “Literal Abstraction” at V1 Gallery opens on the 29th of November and the Klaus Von Nichtssagend gallery will be showing sculptures at Nada Art Fair in Miami starting December 5ht.

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What is going on

October 17th, 2013 — 4:50pm

Luckily I have work to do, and work to show. Here is a list of current and upcoming exhibitions

Heerup i Midten, Heerup Museet till January 26th 2014

Jørgen Larsen, Taarbæk(solo), V1 Gallery, November 29th 2013
Heerup i MIdten(group), Viborg Kunsthal Maj 9th – August 17th 2014
Secret Garden III(group), Gl Holtegård Museum, TBA
Egg, R2 Galleri. Svaneke, Bornholm, TBA
Resurgencies(group), Cureated by Peter Lamb and Shane Bradford, TBA

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Secret Garden

January 18th, 2013 — 2:41pm

Hey Gl Holtegaard.


Thanks for the awesome image in your new catalogue. I love it. Can’t wait to follow the first full year in bloom.



See you soon








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January 18th, 2013 — 1:14am

The other day Nat King Cole was playing when I walked into a store. And it hit me. Unforgettable. The moments you never forget. That is what I am toying with. The surfboard making. The wax and Dr. Pepper cans. The tunnel in the dirt mound.

We all have moments that we never forget. Not like when Kennedy was shot, the moon landing or Prinsesse Di’s death. Not our social subconscious, but our own. The moments that make us who we are. And my art is based in my moments.


Hopefully  the work will carry some common ground, beyond referencing my own life, making it relevant to others. In the same way I think John Lennon and Andy Warhol did. I think the clip of John Lennon telling a crazy fan that the song is about his own life, not that of the fan is great. As the way Ultra Violets tells of Andy Warhol loving to look at his mother sleeping and that she would always serve him Campbell’s tomato soup and that he loved it.



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