Mikkel Carl
b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lives and Works in Copenhagen

 

Mikkel Carl has a BA. in philosophy, and an MFA in visual art from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He works concurrently as an artist, writer and freelance curator.

Mikkel Carl’s artistic practice undoubtedly develops a thematic ranking among the most urgent practices in the field of contemporary art – concentrating on the relationship between language and perceptual experience, concept and materiality. This takes place through a cross-media practice, which often enters into a critically inspired dialogue with some of the efforts of 20th century avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements, in particular Conceptual Art and Minimal Art. Accordingly, he shows a continuing interest in ‘found’ objects, which are modified and staged anew in order to displace their original registers of aesthetic and semantic content. We recognize here an affinity with Dadaist ready-mades, the unexpected and ‘fantastic’ combinations of Surrealist assemblages, and above all postmodernism’s strategies of appropriation. Inspiration is provided more specifically by engagement with some branches of industrial design and fashion, as well as popular and material culture. 

 

EDUCATION

2003-2009 MFA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

1998-2002 BA, History of Ideas, Aarhus University

 

FORTHCOMING SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
TBA, Montanasalen, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen
TBA, FIFI projects, San Pedro, Mexico
TBA, Last Resort, Copenhagen  

 

FORTHCOMING TWO/ THREE PERSON  EXHIBITIONS

2017
TBA, w/ Joe Hamilton and James Collins, Rogaland Art Center, Stavanger
TBA, Future Suburban Contemporary, Copenhagen (curated by Jens Ivar Kjetså)

 

FORTHCOMING GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
TBA, Syhavn Station, Copenhagen
TBA, Skulpturi, Copenhagen
Den Frie Udstilling 2017, Den Frie- Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen  

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Now Moving Towards the Inner Circles of Reality, (home of) Ana Christea, New York
Smart Landscapes, Caves Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Solo Presentation w/Last Resort, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam

2015
Language Dissolves as a Product of Love Begins, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
A Host of Possible Drama and Exchange, Unknown Cargo, Copenhagen
House Rules for the Living and the Dead, @home, Soroe
Talion, formic, Copenhagen
We Are All Workers, Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg

2014
Solo presentation w/ Last Resort, Tropical curated by Co2, Paris
CALCULATED OPTIMISM, Last Resort Gallery
Grey Water, Point B, New York
Solo presentation at MARKET art fair in Stockholm, Last Resort
R.I.P. curl, HENNINGSEN GALLERY
0-110 DVC, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm

2013
It looks fake, but it feels real, Accademia di Danimarca, Rome
Poses, The Romanian Academy, Rome
Brand New Paintings Caught in the Headlights of Parking Cars, Tallinn Tuesdays, Tallinn
Fuck Yes, The Trane Exhibition, Gentofte Main Library

2012
New Paintings Caught in the Headlights of Parking Cars, Ringsted Galleriet
Boredom is deep and mysterious, 77m3
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, Torpedo 18
too sexy for my skin, HENNINGSEN GALLERY

2011
The Invisible Hand, Dadapost, Berlin

2010
IN OUT, Kopenhagen Contemporary 2010, Kopenhagen Art Institute

2009
The Number of the Beast, Pladsen

2008
Sky Above – Heaven Below, Pladsen

2007
Excellent Nom du père, Q

 

TWO/THREE PERSON SHOWS

2016
Not a good choice, w/Sean Donovan, Deauville Beach Resort, Miami
The Murderous Narcissism of Minor Differences, w/Ebecho Muslimova, 247365, New York
Secondary Object, (w/Natalie Dray, Aymeric Tarrade, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow (Curated by Max Slaven)

2014
On the Benefits of Delayed Gratification (w/ Steven Cox and Russel Tyler), Ana Christea Gallery, NY

2012
Light or Space, Modtar Projects (w/ architect Thomas Feveile)

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016
SOMEDAY A REAL RAIN WILL COME AND WASH ALL THE SCUM OFF THE STREETS, Nordic Contemporary, Paris (Curated by Andreas Emenius) (upcoming)
CODE Art Fair w/ Anonymous Gallery (Mexico City), Copenhagen (upcoming)
BODY HOLES, Fear of Content @ 9th Berlin Biennale (Curated by New Scenario in collab. w/ Nuno Patricio, O Fluxo)
Aujourd'hui je dis oui, Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon (curated by Aujourd'hui + Domenico de Chirico)
Den Frie Udstilling, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
Alphabet, Materia Multipli, Rome (curated by: Erica Cristadoro)

2015
Episode 4: Bathroom, OSLO 10, Basel (Organised by Agatha Valkyrie Ice, Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig)
The wrong- New Digital  Art  Biennale, Silver Surfer (Curated by Just Quist and Koen Delaere) 
The Lorax Poems, Good Work Gallery, New York (Curated by Zackary Smith)
TRUST- The Salon, Copenhagen Art Festival, Kunstforenigen GL STRAND, Copenhagen (Curated by Sonia Dermience)
Crystal Readings, Soy Capitáin, Berlin (curated by Gislind Köhler)
TEXT after TEKST, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
Club of Matinée Idolz, Co2 Gallery, Turin
Searching for Devices, basis, Frankfurt (curated by Gislind Köhler)
From Point A to PointB and back again, Point B, New York

2014
No. 27, ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm
Artissima 2014, Last Resort, Turin, Italy
My Chemical Romance, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson NY
Still Waters Run Deep, Skulptur Odense 14
Spazi Aperti, The Romanian Academy, Rome
Den Frie Udstilling, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art
Fool Disclosure, HENNINGSEN GALLERY

2013
Den Frie Udstilling, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art
Room1, Henningsen gallery
Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus
Carne Vale!, Flux Factory, New York
IRL, Point B, New York

2012
This Title is an Artwork of Mine – a group exhibition in a book, Revolver Publishing & Space Poetry
Art Copenhagen, Forum
Enter Construction, The Factory of Art and Design
Alpha-Beta-Gamma, BKS Garage
SummerSkulptureSøby, Ærø
OilOnWaterCalmingEffect, Skur 2, Stavanger
It’s hardly Softcore, BKS Garage

2011
Oh, my God – Viborg church
Looking Backwards to See Straight, Ringsted Galleriet
A Chair is Still a Chair, but a Room is not a House, Ringsted Galleriet
Lake of Fire, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art
Luminis - jagten på lyset, Kunsthal Brænderigården

2010
Faint to Black, Henningsen gallery
COPY, Atelier 59
I know what everybody did last summer, Henningsen gallery
Things, Skulpturi
Astronomical Frontiers, Henningsen gallery

2009
AM I (Curated by Peter Amby, Michael Jeppesen, and Salvation Army), Møstings Hus
Exit 09, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand
Oak is it!, Pladsen

2008
Den Frie Udstilling, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art
Obsessive, Pladsen

2006
UngKonst, Mazetti Kultur, Malmö
Add x to (n), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde

2004
Med kærlig hilsen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg

2003
The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg

 

CURATORIAL

2016
Danmark, Code Art Fair, Copenhage

2014
Got Tortilla with Butter on Phone, Think it's the End?, Rod Barton, London
Absence of Evil is the Evil of Absence, Residency Unlimited, New York (w/ Pedro Wirz)
Fool Disclosure, HENNINGSEN gallery

2013
Den Frie Udstilling, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art(w/ Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Freddie A. Lerche)
Some Objects are More Equal than Others, S:T Gertrud, Malmö 
Distinguished from the melee of user comments and structurally misogynist chat rooms harbouring rapid-fire trolls, S:T Gertrud, Malmö

2012
This Title is an Artwork of Mine – a group exhibition in a book, Revolver Publishing & Space Poetry
Crazy, Zig-Zag – solo show with Jóhan Martin Christiansen, Henningsen gallery
It’s hardly Softcore, BKS Garage (w/ Janus Høm)

2011
Looking Backwards to See Straight, Ringsted Galleriet
A Chair is Still a Chair, but a Room is not a House, Ringsted Galleriet
Lake of Fire, Den Frie – Centre of Contemporary Art

2010
Faint to Black, Henningsen gallery (w/ Andreas Henningsen)

2009
Oak is it!, Pladsen

2008
Obsessive, Pladsen

 

GRANTS, AWARDS

2014
Work grant, Danish Arts Foundation
Travel grant, Danish Arts Foundation

2013
Travel grant, Karl Mogensens Fond – Akademiraadet
Travel grant, Dronning Ingrids romerske fond 

2012
Awarded by Akademiraadets Præmiefond
New Paintings Caught in the Headlights of Parking Cars awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation
Work grant, the Danish Arts Foundation

2011
Lake of Fire awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation

2009
Grant, Ragnvald & Ida Blix’ Fond

2007
Grant, Frk. Marie Jensens rejselegat

2006
Grant, V. Laubs legat

 

RECIDENCIES

Residency Unlimited, New York
Accademia di Danimarca, Rome
Point B, New York

 

VARIOUS

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (2016)
Examiner, MFA degree show, The School of Sculpture Charlottenborg (Prof. Martin Erik Andersen), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2016)
On the Danish Arts Foundation's Committee of Visual Arts Grants Funding (2016-2019)
Advisor to the curatorial board for CODE Art Fair (2016)
On the Advisory Board for The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2014-2017)
Guest teacher, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2014)
Chief editor of Ny Dansk Kunst 13 (Eng. New Danish Art 13)
On the board for Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art (2013-2018)
Member of the artist association Den Frie Udstilling (2012 - )
Chief editor of Ny Dansk Kunst 12 (Eng. New Danish Art 12)
Contributing editor of www.kopenhagen.dk (2009 -)
Assistant director, Ringsted Galleriet (2010-2011)
Co-founder of the exhibition space Pladsen (2008-2009)

BECKETT WALLPAPER, 2012 Wallpaper Dimensions variable
BECKETT WALLPAPER, 2012 Wallpaper Dimensions variable
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU SEE WHAT TOU SEE, 2012 Infopanel Red-SB (7x160P) 168 x 15 x 12 cm
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU SEE WHAT TOU SEE, 2012 Infopanel Red-SB (7x160P) 168 x 15 x 12 cm
BRAND NEW PAINTINGS CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS OF PARKING CARS, 2013 Mylar emergency blankets (gold), stretchers, cars Dimensions variable
BRAND NEW PAINTINGS CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS OF PARKING CARS, 2013 Mylar emergency blankets (gold), stretchers, cars Dimensions variable
NEW PAINTINGS CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS OF PARKING CARS, 2012 Mylar emergency blankets (silver), stretchers, outdoor UV light tubes, turf, cars
NEW PAINTINGS CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS OF PARKING CARS, 2012 Mylar emergency blankets (silver), stretchers, outdoor UV light tubes, turf, cars