14. september – 1. december 2013
ULRIK MØLLER – THE MOON, KIDS, BIRDS AND AEROPLANES
Ulrik Møller’s subjects are all located within an area of 3 km2 surrounding his childhood home in the Danish town of Vester Aaby, southern Funen. Although he does venture further afield, for example, to the harbour in Faaborg. There he discovered a subject which made the journalist Adrian Hughes, from the national broadcaster DR, suggest that Møller is on the whole an ‘old fashioned’ artist:
When he paints a ferry, you can see clearly that it is a ferry. You can nearly see how the ferry has been at the shipyard and had its rust removed. I am not aware of any other Danish painters who paint like he does. There is a quietness in Ulrik Møller’s paintings – they are sinister.
But Ulrik Møller is far from a parochial painter. He lives in Berlin and recalls the details of the Funen landscape through the thousands of photographs he has taken. His affiliation to these two very different places, Funen and Berlin, constitutes his preferred subjects whether the output is imposing, large canvases, a series of small-scale works or moving images.
Whether he delineates urban buildings or the southern Funen landscapes with its small towns or the sea, the works are engaging on account of, or perhaps in spite of, the absence of people and life. The work possesses a quiet atmosphere of calm in the misty landscapes. Sea, sky, a far-off aeroplane, down-at-heel streets or the glimpse of a television mast are all painterly elements, which on their own create life and dynamism in these quiet works.