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Birgit Oestergaard, Artist, Denmark

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Artist, Arhus (Denmark) joined 2 years ago

Focus on Installation   |   ”In Love with Textile” is the short version of my story. I was born in the economic hard times shortly after The Second World War on a small farm in Denmark. Being in lack of mos...Read all
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Life is a Puzzle - Birgit Oestergaard

Life is a Puzzle

Painting, Mixed technique, Mixed support, 200 x 50 x 6 cm, 2012
“Life is a Puzzle” is my personal story about years of rejection and a dogged strength and will to continue developing my artistic expression.
The piece consists of a gathering of four applications for funds from the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The four handwritten applications for funds to continue my work were made from 2000 till 2004 in the form of an oil-painting on cardboard and afterwards cut to a puzzle.
They were all returned with “We regret to inform you ---“
Once a year in the last 20 years I have applied for funds - both to perform a provoking act – and to have a sort of documentation on how a so called impartial system handles selection processes.

262Visits
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Warriors - Birgit Oestergaard

Warriors

Installation, Textile, Metal, 150 x 150 x 120 cm, 2011
“Warriors” has its inspiration from the Crusaders whom clad in coats of mail and armed to the teeth had to experience the truth of how vulnerable they were.
From this perspective “Warriors” is a comment on any war fought anywhere on earth for the sole purpose of disseminating the Western world´s understanding of what democracy and freedom consist of.

178Visits
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Cairn - Birgit Oestergaard

Cairn

Installation, Other, Light, 140 x 140 x 120 cm, 2012
The installation is referring both to the melting poles and the cairns, placed in the mountains all over the World for the sake of guiding our fellowmen from one safe point to the next.
Hikers are expected to bring a new stone to the next cairn for the sake of keeping them well preserved - standing there forever - and as a symbolic act people carries stones to keep their fellow human being to the track.
The melting poles are significant sign of the lack of will among World leaders to solve the problems due to the global warming and the impact this threatening catastrophe has to millions of people in the so-called undeveloped countries.
The World needs serious hikers to lead us in the right direction.
225Visits
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Let us Talk - Birgit Oestergaard

Let us Talk

Installation, Textile, Other metals, 100 x 80 x 225 cm, 2011
Let's talk

Installation. Woven bicycle inner tubes on old school chairs.
100x80x225cm
2011
Why do not we never talk anymore, darling? The installation is a reflection of modern communications.
When I was a kid my mom used the back of the old sugar bags for her grocery list and letters were stored in a drawer with a ribbon around them. If there were a message to the nearest neighbors it would be an insult not to knock on the door. Today it is done with an e-mail, SMS or a face book message. Even lovers communicate in this way. Face to face talks almost non-existent longer and I personally look forward to receiving hugs and kisses from my kids with puffs of smoke - as the Indians in ancient times.
309Visits
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Between Heaven and Eart - Birgit Oestergaard

Between Heaven and Eart

Painting, Oil, Canvas, 180 x 120 cm, 2011
“Between Heaven and Earth”
Oil panting on canvas
Filling-knife and leaf silver
280x120 cm.
My approach to the oil painting medium is connected to my other expressions in the way of disappearing into the idea. The plane tree motif has been going on for quite a long time and by the end I realize to have been working with a hyper realistic technique also revealed in Nordic literature.
The main subject is what is in between. The plane tree has an almost erotic ambience – naked and just standing there waiting for the mild summer wind to touch the skin. One can feel the strength they bear and how proudly they hold the sky.

387Visits
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Meeting - Birgit Oestergaard

Meeting

Installation, Textile, Metal, 220 x 80 x 220 cm, 2011
In earlier days meetings were held in open space with the participants sitting on stones ore on the ground around a fire. Meetings were held both for ritual reasons as well as for making rules for daily life. Now a days we meet in virtual space like face book and twitter and as such controversial point of views and thoughts in general never is delivered face to face. Debates become toothless seeking towards conservatism. I worked with the same theme on “Ceiling” which is a commissioned work for a town hall in Denmark.
180Visits
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Do not Sit - Birgit Oestergaard

Do not Sit

Installation, Textile, Other metals, 120 x 80 x 42 cm, 2011
Do not Sit. Installation.
Mixed media.
120x42x80 cm
2011

We sit in the living room my son and I – he in the sofa and I in a cosy chair to the left. The telly is on. I invite to a talk about anything and everything, but in his hand he has the remote control and suddenly the room is filled with football games, the civil war in Syria, an earthquake in Japan, president Obama´s speech to the nation, a feature on smoking, a sex scandal with a room maid and the former president of World Bank. At that time I left the room to prepare dinner and on my way out I came to think of how dangerous it is to sit down in a chair – in fact one can go mad.

180Visits
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The Surrey Swimmer - Birgit Oestergaard

The Surrey Swimmer

Sculpture, Other, Light, 220 x 200 x 90 cm, 2012
”The Surrey Swimmer” was developed in collaboration with a Canadian public art consultant and conceived for a new public aquatic centre.
The proposed sculpture would be cast in polished aluminum and the plinth fabricated of glass illuminated with color changing LED´s supported from solar energy.
With 95 competitive entries from around the world, we were not shortlisted. I love the vintage figurative quality combined with new light technology, it's a nod to the social component of a community swim as well as hope for the future. The concept is strong and the Surrey Swimmer may yet find another host in the future.

23Visits
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The Surrey Swimmer - Birgit Oestergaard

The Surrey Swimmer

Sculpture, Other, Light, 220 x 200 x 90 cm, 2012
”The Surrey Swimmer” was developed in collaboration with a Canadian public art consultant and conceived for a new public aquatic centre.
The proposed sculpture would be cast in polished aluminum and the plinth fabricated of glass illuminated with color changing LED´s supported from solar energy.
With 95 competitive entries from around the world, we were not shortlisted. I love the vintage figurative quality combined with new light technology, it's a nod to the social component of a community swim as well as hope for the future. The concept is strong and the Surrey Swimmer may yet find another host in the future.

21Visits
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Enough is Enough - Birgit Oestergaard

Enough is Enough

Painting, Mixed technique, Canvas, 160 x 100 x 3 cm, 2011
Enough is Enough is a strike at the root of four former oil-paintings. The pieces were cut into stripes, woven together and finally polished with layers of graphite. The sewing is done with thin metal threads. They represent an aggressive acting out due to frustration and confusion on the endless ongoing process of producing art out in the blue nothing.
114Visits
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Morels - detail - Birgit Oestergaard

Morels - detail

Installation, Textile, Light, 600 x 300 x 1000 cm, 2002
Installtion for solo exhibition. Loúis Poulsen´s showroom in Copenhagen
201Visits
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Morels - Birgit Oestergaard

Morels

Installation, Textile, Light, 600 x 300 x 1000 cm, 2002
Installation made for solo exhibition. Louis Poulsen´s showroom in Copenhagen.
117Visits
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Morels - detail - Birgit Oestergaard

Morels - detail

Installation, Textile, Light, 40 x 80 x 40 cm, 2002
Detail, showing one Morel - handmade paper, lead and light
80Visits
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Morels - detail - Birgit Oestergaard

Morels - detail

Installation, Textile, Light, 600 x 300 x 1000 cm, 2002
Installation produced for solo exhibition. Louis Poulsen´s showroom in Copenhagen.
108Visits
|7Comments
Black Hole - Birgit Oestergaard

Black Hole

Sculpture, Textile, Light, 30 x 45 x 30 cm, 2012
Woven bike inner tubes. Mounted with RGB -LEDs
126Visits
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Black Hole - detail - Birgit Oestergaard

Black Hole - detail

Sculpture, Textile, Light, 30 x 45 x 30 cm, 2012
Black Hole - detail
99Visits
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Black Hole - Birgit Oestergaard

Black Hole

Sculpture, Textile, Light, 30 x 45 x 30 cm, 2012
71Visits
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Black Box - detail - Birgit Oestergaard

Black Box - detail

Sculpture, Textile, Light, 27 x 19 x 27 cm, 2012
Detail of Black Box
9Visits
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Black Box - Birgit Oestergaard

Black Box

Sculpture, Textile, Light, 27 x 19 x 27 cm, 2012
66Visits
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The Ceiling - Birgit Oestergaard

The Ceiling

Installation, Various materials, Light, 200 x 600 x 200 cm, 2006
Commisioned artwork for a Danish townhall. 400 square meters round ceiling made from brown sailcloth. The subject is a map of the region "drawn" with colour changing optic fibers. The surface is decorated with leaf gold, leaf copper and leaf silver and following painted with oil crayons. The impression is gorgeous and a meditative ambience is added to the big hall.
226Visits
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My Husband is a Ladder and I`m a Vase - Birgit Oestergaard

My Husband is a Ladder and I`m a Vase

Painting, Other, Canvas, 130 x 175 cm, 2008
Weaved handmade paper, ink and oxidized leaf gold. The work shows a progression in two persons development towards understanding each other. Mounted on canvas.
124Visits
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Cloud for the Angel - Birgit Oestergaard

Cloud for the Angel

Installation, Light, Other, 100 x 100 cm, 2008
Commisioned lighting installation for a café named "The Angel"
90Visits
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Clouds - Birgit Oestergaard

Clouds

Installation, Various materials, Light, 150 x 600 x 150 cm, 2008
A commissioned lighting installation mounted underneath a mirrow ceiling.
101Visits
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Door - Birgit Oestergaard

Door

Painting, Oil, Canvas, 180 x 120 cm, 2009
The piece is inspired from a shut down fishing place at the Azorian Islands with beautifull old traditionel stone buildings made from lokal basalt. The blue/green door opened my heart to this strong lokal founded place.
64Visits
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All and Nothing - Birgit Oestergaard

All and Nothing

Painting, Oil, Canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2009
Oil on stripped canvas. Inspiration from the Azorian Islands surrounded by the see and kissed of Heaven.
133Visits
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Heaven and Earth - Birgit Oestergaard

Heaven and Earth

Installation, Various materials, Light, 200 x 450 x 200 cm, 2009
Lighting installation in dark room. 2009
283Visits
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Grass - Birgit Oestergaard

Grass

Painting, Mixed technique, Canvas, 130 x 175 cm, 2009
Handmade paper, ink and leaf gold. Mounted on wooden frame.
46Visits
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Guiding the Way - Birgit Oestergaard

Guiding the Way

Installation, Various materials, Light, 200 x 350 x 90 cm, 2009
Deatil from lighting Installation 2009
68Visits
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Lighting Installation - Birgit Oestergaard

Lighting Installation

Installation, Various materials, Light, 400 x 210 x 60 cm, 2009
Installation from show 2009
29Visits
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Puzzle - Birgit Oestergaard

Puzzle

Painting, Other, Wood, 100 x 100 cm, 2010
Discarded bike tubes in twill technique with oxidized leaf gold. Mounted on wooden frame.
39Visits
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Plus - Birgit Oestergaard

Plus

Painting, Mixed technique, Wood, 100 x 100 cm, 2010
Discarded bike tubes in twill technique. Symbol in oxidized leaf gold. Mounted on wooden frame.
36Visits
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Square - Birgit Oestergaard

Square

Painting, Other, Wood, 100 x 100 cm, 2010
Twill and linnen technique with discarded bike tubes. Mounted on wooden frame
34Visits
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Horizon - Birgit Oestergaard

Horizon

Painting, Mixed technique, Wood, 100 x 100 cm, 2010
Weaved bike tubes with oxidized gold leaf. Mounted on wodden frame.
20Visits
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Mama Grande - Birgit Oestergaard

Mama Grande

Painting, Mixed technique, Wood, 140 x 110 cm, 2010
Weaved bike tubes, mounted on vooden frame. Oxidized leaf gold and optic fibers.
27Visits
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La Familia - Birgit Oestergaard

La Familia

Painting, Other, Wood, 140 x 110 cm, 2010
Weaved bike tubes. Mixed technique and colour changing optic fibers
51Visits
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Circles Dance - Birgit Oestergaard

Circles Dance

Painting, Other, Wood, 170 x 220 x 7 cm, 2010

Circles Dance
Tapestry, bike tubes in mixed technique and medium
170x220 cm
2010
When I think of my crazy bike tours in order to collect thousands of used bicycle tubes for an exhibition project, clean them and weave such a large work with them, the first thought is great reverence for all the hands having been in contact with every tube before it ends as a share component of this concrete piece consisting of 235 tubes. I am fascinated by the idea that these tubes have driven other people round the world from - and to work - nurseries - boyfriends - parents - in short - they have been in constant movement from one place to another. Whirr of wings and thoughts that are now woven together into a coherent whole.
Lots of meetings and farewells, laughter and tears, secrets and thoughts, dreams and imagination. Movements so important to those involved that they effectively decided to undertake this journey.
The bright circle could be a constellation that light up more or less clear. Suddenly it's there and you feel an intense joy, but the moment you begin to explain where to look for it, it's gone. Life is so fleeting!
31Visits
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Between Heaven and Eart - Birgit Oestergaard

Between Heaven and Eart

Painting, Oil, Canvas, 180 x 120 cm, 2011
“Between Heaven and Earth”
Oil panting on canvas
Filling-knife and leaf gold
180x120 cm.
My approach to the oil painting medium is connected to my other expressions in the way of disappearing into the idea. The plane tree motif has been going on for quite a long time and by the end I realize to have been working with a hyper realistic technique also revealed in Nordic literature.
The main subject is what is in between. The plane tree has an almost erotic ambience – naked and just standing there waiting for the mild summer wind to touch the skin. One can feel the strength they bear and how proudly they hold the sky.

89Visits
|2Comments
Between Heaven and Eart - Birgit Oestergaard

Between Heaven and Eart

Painting, Oil, Canvas, 145 x 110 cm, 2011
“Between Heaven and Earth”
Oil panting on canvas
Filling-knife and leaf silver
145x110
2011
83Visits
|3Comments
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