Drinking Petals (Rain in the Dust)
This collage-based work explores the tension between painting and sculpture. The playful and intimate composition is both tactile, with the seductive authenticity of painterly gestures, and coolly distanced. This work evokes root structures to examine our understanding of the ordering principles of nature. In contrast, the blue light of the background evokes the glow of digital screens.
Touborg combines classical technique with digital tools to explore ideas relating to figuration and abstraction, as well as originality and reproduction. The artist's work realizes new possibilities for artistic subjectivity in the age of algorithmic intelligence. Touborg foregrounds the importance of craft methodology while simultaneously embracing the potential of industrial fabrication. The artist’s works examines potential spaces for emotional expression within the sphere of technological development.
Kristian Touborg’s paintings explore new artistic possibilities in the age of algorithmic intelligence by combining classical technique with digital tools. In tactile works that draw from sculpture, the artist foregrounds the importance of craft methodology while simultaneously embracing the potentiality of industrial fabrication. Touborg’s playful and intimate compositions feature painterly gestures, gauzy volumes, and collaged reflective materials—evoking both natural growth patterns and digital structures.
Kristian Touborg was born in 1987. The artist received an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2016.
Solo exhibitions of Touborg’s work have taken place at: Lundgren Gallery in Mallorca, Spain (2022); Eduardo Secci Novo Projects in Milan, Italy (2021); Roskilde Palæ in Roskilde, Denmark (2021); Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark (2020, 2017, 2014); Galleri Jacob Bjørn in Aarhus, Denmark (2018, 2015); and Eduardo Secci Contemporary in Florence, Italy (2018).
Group exhibitions that have shown Touborg’s work include: Stof, Metal, Fabrik, at the HEART — Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark (2021); As We Turn Fluent, a two-person show with Danish sculptor Tove Storch at Carvalho Park in New York City (2021); Socle du Monde Biennale: Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends, at the HEART — Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark, (2021); Wild Blue Yonder at Newchild Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium (2021); Brigade Archives #1 at Brigade in Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Accrochage at Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); and 3 i 1 at the AHS Museum/Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon in Videbæk, Denmark (2018).
Touborg’s work is included in the permanent collections of: HEART — Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark; the Randers Kunstmuseum in Randers, Denmark; and the Danish Arts Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Touborg lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This collage-based work evokes root structures and explores our understanding of the ordering principles of nature. The playful and intimate composition is both tactile, with the seductive authenticity of painterly gestures, and coolly distanced.More