Ulf Rollof:

22. January 2000 to 19. March 2000

Ulf Rollof : 7C´s

Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center presented Ulf Rollof's installation exhibition from the Venice Biannual 1999. 

This is the first solo exhibition in Denmark with this contemporary Swedish artist.
The catalogue produced at the Biannual in Venice was available from Nikolaj -
Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center.

Ulf Rollof strikes a lyrical note with the exhibition 7C's. An exhibition with many strings to its bow about relationships and security. Life and death become a very personal theme in the exhibition, which both includes a moving goodbye to his father, and a tribute to life which goes on through the daughter. The exhibition is dedicated to the artist's father with the words, "To my father Captain Yngve Rollof, who sailed the seven seas".

The installations are straightforward and mystical, fantastic and practical. The artist demonstrates an impressive range of both craftsmanship and use of materials, such as steel, iron, gold, wax and wood. Ulf Rollof attacks his work with the complexity which surrounds the modern human being. 

The exhibition is comprised of seven Cs: 'Calendar', 'Citromax', 'Circles', 'Construction', 'Chairs', 'Collisions' and 'Child'.

'Calendar' is a series of watercolours done as a kind of diary, depicting objects with deep roots in archetypal human experiences, the dreams, obsessions and fantasies from the artist's life 1998-99.

'Citromax' is an arcade, created out of lemons and metal, where the lemons are stuck on metal spikes. The see-through nature of the installation, contrasted with the heavy material creates a peculiar construction which surrounds the viewer and which influences various senses.

'Circles' is an installation which comments ironically on the communication between people. When you grip the circular handle of the construction (of the type that you find in old busses and trains) you can either remain silent, try to construct a new kind of communication or just wait! 

The circle shape is repeated in 'Constructions', a light construction in the shape of a traditional Swedish storage hut for protection against the snow. But the installation has a mobile character, it can easily be taken down and put up as a tent. 

With 'Chairs', Ulf Rollof presents one of his fantastic machines. It is constructed as a long rail, where two chairs move towards each other. The chairs get closer and closer, but just as contact is possible, one of the chairs withdraws, and everything starts again. 

Finally there are two video-installations of a highly different nature. 
One is 'Collisions', where a "collision-ballet" is seen in slow-motion: the very same chair that is used in the installation Chairs is flung against a white wall at a very high speed. The violent collision is repeated ad infinitum. 

The other video-installation is the video sequence, 'Child'. Here a little girl (the artist's daughter) is learning how to swim in a swimming pool. She can just stay afloat, seems to lose her breath and concentration, but finds a grown-up's arms almost at once. An experience entailing risk and exhilaration, leading to a new sense of confidence.

Just like Joseph Beuys, Ulf Rollof extrudes energy from the most everyday objects and uses them as metaphors for life itself. His field of work is a mixture of poetry, ethnology, ecology and sociology, a central theme being the border between nature and technology. He always approaches his work from more than one angle, and never supports the consensus view. At the exhibition he succeeds in problematising borders in both physical and mental geography.

Ulf Rollof is born in Karlskrona in 1961 and works today in Stockholm.