Grethe Wittrock “Nordic Currents”

Tenri Cultural Institute

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On April 27th Danish artist Grethe Wittrock opens her Nordic Currents exhibition at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. She will show a series of sculptural installations, consisting of bird-like constructions made from used ships´ sails. After sourcing the sails from yachtsmen, Grethe has cut, painted, perforated and shaped them into artworks that illustrate the pristine beauty of the Arctic landscape. She has drawn inspiration from both the material itself as well as the scenery in Greenland - a part of her home country Denmark – and intends to make the viewer reflect on the importance of protecting its unique ecosystem:

“Like a face gets wrinkled over time, the sails are full of lines, wrinkles and scars. In fact, the huge weather-beaten sails tell me stories that I do not find in new fabric. They reveal their distinct histories, each wrinkle marking a storied and windswept past. I then use these stories to guide me in cutting, painting and shaping the sails to resemble the striking coolness of the Arctic landscape”.

Grethe has been creating a part of the sculptural works during an 8 month Art Residency with the Halcyon Arts Lab Studio Program in Washington DC, where she is currently living. The printed works has been created during a Residency at the Danish Art Workshops in Copenhagen.



from April 27, 2017 to May 13, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-04-27 from 18:00 to 20:00


Grethe Wittrock

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