Carsten Frank - Pain. Galleri Emmaus. May - June 2010
Pain

Pain


A frieze of paintings of human suffering, pain and death. Described on the basis of a few selected downstrokes in art history, some photographs, and not at least from the journey into myself.
The frieze can be read as a picture book. Despite its length of approx. 12 meters, the individual works are relatively small (hight: 50 cm).
It means a necessary presence and desire for contemplation.
The frieze consists of a total of 14 works.
Portrait of Juliette Binoche

Portrait of Juliette Binoche

From Kieslowski´s film "Blue", 1993

Julie, played by actress Juliette Binoche, survives a tragic car accident, but loses her husband and 5-year-old daughter. She is not able to take her own life, but decides in strange ways that her life henceforth should consist of nothing. She denies everything from the past, and none should any longer be familiar to her.
It is slowly becoming impossible, because life anyway and fortunately is pushing forward.
Kieslowski´s film trilogy: "Blue," "White" and "Red" masterly depicts the manner of human pain and the whole emotional register we as humans possess.
In Despair

In Despair

Interpretation of the photograph of the unknown model, 2010.
Dread

Dread

Interpretation of the photograph of the unknown model, 2010.
Dread

Dread

Interpretation of the photograph of the unknown model, 2010.
Billboards

Billboards

Can our face be like a billboard? Is a face presented in certain folders as a very deliberate action, and thus a calculated signal, and is the message a desire to convince the recipient to the accuracy and honesty in the act?
”The exterior needs in no way to have any coherence with the interior – non whatsoever. This incoherence makes man untrustworthy". (Søren Kirkegaard," Either-Or "1843)
If we assume it as a truth, thus the playing personalities and their faces in Kaj Munk's "The Word" therefore are even very weak signals on individuals' innermost thoughts, substance and content in general.
Can we see today's billboards as some kind of faces in giga-size?
They are authorized to take both urban space and landscape, both seduced beyond recognition. The mendacious content of advertising thus becomes a mirror image of Søren Kirkegaard's thesis that the exterior far from necessary reflects the interior.
The weathered, shabby, mega-sized and naked billboard becomes a symbol of its own lies and false content. The alleged "reality" in the advertisement is innermost to be quite untrue. There is therefore a mismatch between what we immediately see and what we most deeply believe.
"A confessor - separated by a grid from the penitent - sees not, he only hears. As he listens, he founds an exterior equivalent thereof. He will therefore not be in contradiction. Otherwise, on the other hand, when one at the same time sees and hears, and yet see a grid between oneself and the speaking. My efforts in this direction to make observations have shown that the results have been greatly different."(Søren Kirkegaard," Either-Or "1843)
Portrait of Maria Falconetti.

Portrait of Maria Falconetti.

From Carl Th. Dreier’s film "Jeanne d’Arc" 1928

Joan of Arc, played by actress Maria Falconetti, felt the heavenly voices called to fight for France against the English in The Hundred Years’ War. In 1429 she obtained an audience with the court and succeeded in getting an army. As a French commander, she won several battles, but insufficient forces and lack of support led her to defeat, and in 1430 she was captured by Burgundians and sold to the British. She was convicted in 1431 for the stake for heresy and witchcraft. It was mainly used against her that she had worn male attire, and had her hair cut short! During the trial, she possessed a tough will and a cheerfully defense, but she ended up collapsing and gave a confession.
Today she is regarded as a French saint and national heroine.
Paraphrasesection of Picasso´s Guernica 1937

Paraphrasesection of Picasso´s Guernica 1937

The painting Guernica (345 x 770 cm) was inspired by the terrorist bombing of the town of Guernica, which was the ancient capital of the Basque Country in northern Spain. It shows not the event itself from the Spanish Civil War, but is rather an alarming picture of the horrors of total war. Picasso created a kind of prophetic apocalyptic vision, especially in light of the future 2nd World War, atomic bomb, and also today's wars and terrorism.
Portrait of Maria Falconetti

Portrait of Maria Falconetti

From Carl Th. Dreier´s film "Jeanne d` Arc. "1928
Death

Death

From Carl Th. Dreier´s film "Jeanne d` Arc. 1928
The Sibyl of Delphi

The Sibyl of Delphi

Paraphrase extract from Michelangelo’s Delphic Sibyl from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Church in Rome. 1508 -1512

Sibylla - the ancient name of several mythological prophetess - who recited warnings. The predictions from the sibyl was written in "The Sibylline Books" which burned in Rome 83 years BC. The early Christianity sought among other warnings about the coming of Christ, which has just been predicted by The Sibyl of Delphi. Also doomsday prophecy from the Christian Middle Age are central as a sybillic prophecy. In Nordic mythology a parallel is seen in theVølven (The Völva) - also a female figure particularly predicting Ragnarok.
Doubt

Doubt

Interpretation of a photograph of an unknown model, 2010.
Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Interpretation of a photograph by Thomas T. Jensen, and the use of a mirror. January 2010.

My vision is captured in divided and torn contemporaries. A nation and a world torn between nationalism, overconsumption, indifference, selfishness and anger.
For me, mega-large billboards along the Spanish roads suddenly became a unique symbol of our time. The original flattering and enticing messages disappear literally into thin air and exhibits in that way it’s own lies in the decayed, dilapidated and strangely picturesque image.
 
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