Astrid Myntekær is known for her sensory installations where the delicate and the spectacular can be intertwined to spark our imagination. Her unconventional material selection ranges from readymades to high-tech laser and magnetic fluids. Light plays an important role in Astrid Myntekær’s work that she is often using as a way to evoke in us a greater sensitivity for space. It helps her to point out reality’s abstract structures and immaterial “substances”.
Central to Astrid Myntekær’s work is the interest in material substances that assume new and symbolic meaning when manipulated. She explores some paradoxical contexts across cultures and ages. As a true philosopher Astrid Myntekær asks basic questions about the nature of the universe and its connections to human thought without providing us with an answer.
Astrid Myntekær’s photogravure Palmstroke is a caption of a single stroke of lightning in a glass. Having captured it photographically Astrid Myntekær then portrayed it in printmaking by means of work with photopolymer – a light-sensitive material. The material’s exposure to light produces an “etched” polymer plate – etching in Astrid Myntekær’s case an image of intricate branching of natural electric discharge.
Astrid Myntekær, born 1985, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received an MFA from The Royal Academy of Fine Art. (DK) and Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg (DE).
Astrid Myntekær’s recent exhibitions include INSECARE, Gl. Strand, Copenhagen (DK), Orbital voyage, House of Art and Design Holstebro (DK) Mana Stash, Tranen, Hellerup (DK). Her work is included in the collections of Örebro Konsthall (SE), Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj (DK), The Danish Arts Foundation (DK). Astrid Myntekær is the recipient of the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Talent Award.
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While Astrid Myntekær explores immaterial structures, Birk Bjørlo is taking interest in the world of natural matter their meeting point is the interest in reality's abstract qualities.