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Jonas Kasper Jensen
At 8 Math Throughway, near
8 Math Throughway
14m wide × 17m deep × 12m tall. 238m² area.
The collaboration between a crypto artist and a gallery comes from the realization that the two worlds do not have to stand in opposition to each other, but can complement and reinvent each other. In the digital marketplaces, the works of art are presented on alongside both football cards and hobby comics, but through the selection and curation, which takes place in the gallery, digital art can be put in focus, without the risk of being lost in the vastness of the internet. Jonas Kasper Jensen (b. 1982) lives and works in Copenhagen. He graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main in 2011. Over the past five years, Jensen has had exhibitions in countries spanning Chile, Sweden, Germany, South Korea and the United States, of course alongside countless online shows. In addition to this, he has won awards from the Statens Kunstfond in Denmark and the Ernst & Young Prize in Frankfurt, and been to residencies in London, Lithuania and Chile. The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation
WELCOME TO STRING IN CRYPTOVOXELS It is with great pleasure that Arden Asbæk Gallery and Martin Asbæk Gallery, as the first gallery in Denmark, can present an exhibition focusing on one of the most current and groundbreaking tendencies within contemporary art: NFT (‘Non-fungible token’). Behind the exhibition STRING stands the Danish crypto artist Jonas Kasper Jensen, who as one of the first in Denmark. What is special about Jonas Kasper Jensen’s work is that he does not work exclusively digitally, but that his digital works are based on physical paintings, without, however, considering himself a painter. In the exhibition, the physical paintings and the associated NFTs constitute the works equally, as the physical works in principle would be without value, were it not for the information contained in the NFT. For the NFT is, in short, a digital certificate, anchored in the blockchain that is its underlying infrastructure. NFTs have taken the art world by storm and made headlines around the world. The interest in the new technology has created great debate about everything from its artistic possibilities to economic speculation and environmental consequences. For Jonas Kasper Jensen, the fascination with blockchain technology has been both his inspiration and medium. Through his artistic work, Jensen not only gives his works infinite life in the intangible parallel world, which is the Internet, but he also deals with the blockchain technology itself, its development and challenges. In this way, Jensen’s works have both a conceptual and formal relationship to the technology that lies behind, as in the STRING series, which has been created over many months.
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