John Kørner’s work poses questions that expand the visibility of societal concerns. Contemporary global issues such as migration, sex trafficking, conflicts, and systems of production and consumption are termed as ‘Problems’ that form an ongoing inquiry within his work. His vibrant and visually saturated paintings and prints (often featuring handmade painted frames), site-specific murals, sculptures and installations, belie a fascination with the aesthetics of colour and format, whilst paradoxically appearing alongside difficult political and social dimensionalities. Despite confronting the many challenges of the 21st century, his narratives remain somewhat ambiguous, allowing for the entry of curiosity, open interpretation and the visual experience of the work. Figures are oddly accompanied by floating ‘thought bubbles’, pondering problems, as they roam vast landscapes, supermarkets, and beaches, or enter doorways, climb stairs and ride elevators.
Danish artist John Kørner (1967, Aarhus) lives and works in Copenhagen. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (1998). His work is represented in collections including ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj; ARoS Aarhus Museum of Modern Art, Aarhus; Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), Paris; EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo; HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Saatchi Gallery, London; Tate, London; among others.