21.02.20 – 08.05.20
Now what do you reckon it was in them mountains that we set out for? And how did he come to know of it? How to find it? How to put it to use? Excerpt from Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy (1985)
With To-Do @Ta·da Trine Bork presents ten new digital drawings done on her mobile phone, each freely interpreting an entry on The Top-10 list of the best To-Do apps 2020 as reviewed by blogger Lindsay Kolowich.
The digital drawings initially came about during nightly, solitary moments if days or longer periods of time had passed without making art, mainly due to having spent it doing other jobs to make ends meet. These abstract works took form as a way of nurturing a desire and need for making art (despite the art not always accumulating economic value) while still complying to Bork’s own expectations of being a good provider, taking whichever necessary jobs.
The availability and immediacy of drawing something digitally right there on the phone, served as a convenient tool (endless colour schemes, brush stroke variations and so on) to satisfy the ongoing need to create and follow artistic ambitions; keep the work going so to speak despite other obligations preventing studio work time. Artists are far from the only ones working several jobs to make their way in the world, and the feeling of there not being enough hours in the day to perform all roles adequately, is surely a common one. How then do we make the most of our time?
Bork found that several To-Do apps promise to do just that: make the most of everything. Kolowich’s review, The Top-10 list of the best To-Do apps 2020, will guide you in terms of price, overall aesthetics, efficiency and the app’s user-friendliness, puzzlingly sharing similarities with the standards that art and artists are often valued by. Time is negotiable and expandable; it is merely a matter of listing what needs to be done, preferably using the best app on the market. Where there is no outlet, images keep cropping up regardless, and Bork’s digital drawings can be viewed as mental landscapes of a very restless and impatient mindset. An escapist’s list of what to do (or rather what is not being done), both shamefully and playfully subverting the idea of duties.
TRINE BORK lives and works in CPH and holds a BA (Honours) Fine Art Painting from Glasgow School of Art, UK. Her practice is shaped by a combined interest in painting and the sculptural potential of the flat surface. Through assemblage, painting and installation, using a broad range of materials and modes of visual expression, Bork examines the boundaries of visual coherence and what constitutes a signature style.
Trine Bork has previously shown her work at Se-Rum, Aarhus, DK; Eks-Rummet, Cph, DK; Kunsthalle Charlottenborg (Spring 2019+2016), Cph, DK; The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, FI; Sydhavn Station, Cph, DK; and Kunsthalle Sophienholm, DK. Late summer 2020 Bork will partake in the group show Interdimensionale 2 at Gammelgaard, Herlev, DK.