Artist statement

In my artistic work, I focus on cultural changes, on the overlooked and the near. I am interested in what we humans most often stop noticing, in other words, the blind spots in our consciousness. My starting point is an interpretation of reality and constructed realities, currently revitalizing still life and pop art. My artistic approach is a narrative and figurative study, trying to incorporate a lot of humor.

I have investigated, interpreted and documented the energy of everyday life in a series about a garage, cityscapes from e.g. New York, London and Copenhagen as well as modern still life paintings of cigarette packaging, Danish meals and currently old phones. My work becomes cultural time images, which can both evoke our memories of the meaning of the elements, invite reflection on the meaning and help sharpen our perception of the surrounding world, and thus our own viewpoint.

I work in different media such as painting, text, collage, textile and performance and shape my artistic practice through traditional artistic methods, where the motif stands model in the studio, as I need to be face-to-face with what I interpret.

 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Jonna Pedersen (born 1971)

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Member of Bkf/Danish Visual Artists and KKS/Female Artists Society.

Education

2017/18 / Performance education, actress and singer Isabella Kragerup, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004/03 / Visual Art School Ignatius.dk, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000/03 / Private lessons from painter Håkan Nyström, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999 / Ealing Art College, London, England
1996 / Cand. Negot / MA in language and culture, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Grants/Awards

2011 / The Danish Arts Foundation - working grant
2010 / Hielmstierne/Rosencroneske Foundation - working grant
2009 / The Danish Arts Council - travel grant
2008 / The Danish Arts Foundation – travel grant
2006 / Hielmstierne/Rosencroneske Foundation - working grant
2006 / Oticon Foundation – travel grant
2006 / Toyota Foundation – travel grant
2005 / Honorable Award at ART NOW
2005 / Honorable Award at ART ADDICTION

Residencies
2018 / Berlin appartment Bkf, Berlin, Germany
2018 / Kunstnerbolig ART 56, Denmark
2010 / Fanø Malerhuset Bkf, Denmark

Upcoming exhibitions

2019 / PLAY room, Zaandam, Holland
2019 / 100% Female, Alkmaar, Holland. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2019 / 100 Fleurs, Solvang Library, Copenhagen
2020 / Efter-billeder, SAK Kunstbygning, Denmark
2021 / Efter-billeder, JANUS West Jutland Art Museum, Denmark

Solo exhibitions
2019 / Cigarettes, Whisky and…, Gallerie Jaan, Denmark
2019 / [ Fone ], Heerup Museum, Denmark
2019 / Gallery Liisberg, Denmark
2019 / The 20 Commandments, Kunsthal Vejle, Vejle, Denmark
2018 / Ærø Kunsthal, Ærø, Denmark
2018 / Table for Two, Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curator Inge Schjødt
2017 / Velbekomme! Kunstforeningen Det Ny Kastet, Thisted, Denmark
2015 / Paintings, Mika Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014 / The Face of the City, Augustiana, Augustenborg, Denmark
2014 / You Sweet Life, North Art Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 / Crazy About Covers, Priiskorn Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 / Thorasminde, Bagsværd, Denmark
2013 / Eyecatcher, Galleri Hegnhøj & Blyme, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 / Writing on The Door and A Spanish Coffee, Kilden, Denmark
2013 / The world is somewhere, Frederikshavn Museum of Art, Denmark
2012 / FootAction, GX Gallery, London, England
2012 / Galleri Jytte Arntzen, Cph, Denmark
2012 / Æglageret, Denmark
2011 / The Zity, Galerie Contour, Denmark
2011 / Bytte - bytte købmand, Bremers Galleri, Denmark
2011 / Dokumentary, Køge Galleriet, Køge, Denmark
2010 / Cirkus Metropolis, Galleri Jakobsen, Lønstrup, Denmark
2009 / Billy Boy kommer til byen, Galleri Nørballe, Strib, Denmark
2009 / Stregkoder og stjernestøv, Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark
2009 / Etikette, Copenhart Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 / De elskende og byens gader, Galleriet Jørgen Østergaard, Ikast, Denmark
2008 / De elskende og byens gader, Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark
2008 / Tidslommer og knaphuller, Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Denmark
2007 / Urbane Fortællinger, NBeX, Galleri NB, Viborg, Denmark
2007 / Danmarks Akvarium, Cph, Denmark
2007 / Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark
2007 / Urbane Fortællinger, Galleriet Else Marie Jensen, Kolding, Denmark
2007 / Jørgens Autohal III, Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Denmark
2007 / I love New York, Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sj., Denmark
2007 / Jørgens Autohal II, Galleri Jakobsen, Hjørring, Denmark
2006 / Times Square Utopia, Galleri Jytte Arntzen, Cph, Denmark
2006 / Jørgens Autohal I, Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2006 / Galleri Brantebjerg, Odsherred, Denmark
2006 / Galleri Jarsbo, Århus, Denmark
2005 / Galleri Nordskov, Nordfyn, Denmark
2005 / Urban Tribe IV, Gallery Nybro, Cph, Denmark
2005 / Galleri Liisberg, Hundested, Denmark
2005 / Urban Tribe III, COBRA/rummet ved Sophienholm, Cph, Denmark
2004 / Galleri Nybro, Cph, Denmark

Group exhibitions
2019 / Sommerudstilling 2019, Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark
2019 / Remix #5, Galleri Kunstmix, Copenhagen, Denmark
2019 / Vinterudstilling 2019, Bredgade Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 / Kunsthal Vejle, Denmark
2018 / Contemporary Art Lethes Art 2018, Ponte de Lima, Portugal. Curator Victor Vidal
2018 / POP/UP, Mika Gallery Tel Aviv @ The Refinery, New York, USA
2018 / Museum Ovartaci, Denmark
2018 / International Sculpture Exhibition, Denmark
2018 / Freshpaint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
2017 / Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair 2017, The Steinhardt Museum, Israel
2016 / Female Artists Society 100 Year, Museum of Kirsten Kjær, Denmark
2016 / Celebration of Anna Ancher, FAS 100 Year, Skagen Odde Naturcenter, Skagen, Denmark
2016 / Cobber Wedding, Galleri Nordskov, Denmark
2016 / Bouque, FAS 100 Year, Gammelgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 / Freshpaint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
2015 / Hotel Alegra, Jerusalem, Israel
2015 / Bozar de Schuurman, Koel310, Alkmaar, Holland
2015 / Imago Mundi, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy
2015 / Voyage, Voyage, Enschede, Holland
2015 / Affordable Art Fair New York
2014 / De Kunst 10 Daagse, Bergen, Holland
2014 / Are We Already Gone?, FlickerLab, New York, USA. Curated by Negin Sharifzadeh
2014 / Global Village 2014, Kulturhuset Brønden, Brøndby, Denmark
2014 / Global Village 2014, Landshut, Germany
2014 / Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival, Denmark
2014 / My Place, Heerup Museum, Cph, Denmark
2013 / An Introduction to Global Village, ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam, Holland
2012 / The Big Show 7, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
2012 / New York City Blues, Augustiana, with Grace Pillard, Robin Tewes, Bjørn Eriksen, Denmark
2012 / New York City Blues, Kunstpakhuset Ikast, with Grace Pillard, Robin Tewes, Bjørn Eriksen, Denmark
2012 / Global Village, Projekt 072, Alkmaar, Holland. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2012 / Global Village, Kulturhuset Brønden, Denmark. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2012 / Global Village, Château Sully, Burgundy, France. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2011 / Dit Tårn Din Kunst, Rundetårn, Cph, Denmark
2011 / ProjectMailArtBooks, KNH (Kunstenaars Noord/Holland), Haarlem, Holland. Curator Ed Hanssen
2011 / ProjectMailArtBooks, KPW (Kunst Post Wijchen), Wijchen, Holland. Curator Ed Hanssen
2011 / Chain Letter, Samsøn Projects, Boston, USA
2011 / New York Art Marathon, Alexandre Gertsman Gallery, New York, USA.  Curator David Gibson
2011 / Parcours de l'Art, Avignon, France
2011 / Consumer Art, Projekt 072, Alkmaar, Holland. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2011 / Optipism, DadaPost, Berlin, Germany. Curator Lars Kræmmer
2011 / La Dolce Vita, YXIE Lab, Alkmaar, Holland. Curator Jeroen van Paassen
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA, Johannesburg/Durban/Capetown, South Africa
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA, China
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA, Honduras
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA, New Zealand
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA, Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum, Germany
2010 / Fodboldkunst, Augustiana – Kunstcenter og Skulpturpark, Augustenborg, Denmark
2010 / 2 + 2 + 1 + 2, Galleri Nakke Hage, Cph, Denmark
2010 / Global Village, Alkmaar, Holland. Curator Jeroen van Paassen, Stiching White Cube
2008 / Zephyr, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, USA
2008 / Oh, Danmark, Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Denmark
2008 / Galleri Brænderigården, Horsens, Denmark
2008 / Kunst i Påsken, Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2007 / Artists Autumn Exhibition (KE), Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Cph, Denmark
2007 / Artists Summer Exhibition (KS), Janusbygningen, Tistrup, Denmark
2007 / Jul i Danmark, Galleri Nittenunder, Cph, Denmark
2007 / Det er kunst, Galleri Nakke Hage, Cph, Denmark
2007 / Cows on walls, Copenhart Gallery, Valby, Denmark
2006 / Inaugural show, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, USA
2006 / To the moon, Alice...,Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, USA
2006 / Nordic Moods, Galeria La Frutéria, Barcelona, Spain
2006 / Galerie Zone F, Berlin, Germany
2006 / Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Cph, Denmark
2006 / Artists Eastern Exhibition (KP), Århus Kunstbygning, Århus, Denmark
2006 / Artists Summer Exhibition (KS), Janusbygningen, Tistrup, Denmark
2006 / Artists Autumn Exhibition (KE), Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Cph, Denmark
2006 / Hvidovre Juried Exhibition, Hvidovre Bibliotek, Hvidovre, Denmark
2006 / Galleriet Jørgen Østergård, Ikast, Denmark
2006 / Galleriet Else Marie Jensen, Kolding, Denmark
2006 / Kolding Kunstmesse, Kolding, Denmark
2006 / Andersen Art, Espergærde, Denmark
2006 / Galleri Jytte Arntzen, Cph, Denmark
2006 / Galleri Jarsbo, Århus, Denmark
2005 / Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Cph, Denmark
2005 / ART NOW, Diploma of Excellence, England
2005 / ART ADDICTION, Diploma of Excellence, England
2005 / Vid Association, Brøndsalen, Cph, Denmark
2005 / Portalen, Greve, Denmark
2005 / Sisters, Berlin, Germany
2005 / Galleri Jarsbo, Århus, Denmark
2005 / Galleri Nybro, Cph, Denmark
2004 / Hvidovre Juried Exhibition, Hvidovre Bibliotek, Hvidovre, Denmark
2004 / Galleri Silkeborg Kunstnerhus, Silkeborg, Denmark
2004 / Galleri Nybro, Cph, Denmark
2004 / Lumby Mølle, Odense, Denmark
2004 / Jystrup Savværk, Jystrup, Denmark

Bibliography - selected
Brændende Kærlighed. Danish foodculture according to Jonna Pedersen. Book by Inge Schjødt, Cinnober Edition 2017, 60 pages
A Blues About New York. Catalogue. By Ole Lindboe & Bente Jensen, Cinnober Edition, 2012
Documentary. Jonna Pedersen Painting. By Trine Ross, Bente Jensen and Ed McCormack. 160 pages, Cinnober Edition 2011
Global Village / a catalogue. By Jeroen van Paassen, Gigaboek, 140 pages, 2010
Gallery & Studio, New York, 2008, Ed McCormack: "Deadpan Danes on a Mission of Cool"
Urbane Fortællinger. Catalogue. By Ole Lindboe, 2007
The breadth of Reality. Jonna Pedersen and Painting. Book by Ole Lindboe. ArtPage. 2005
URBAN TRIBE. Catalogue. By Ole Lindboe, 2005

Press - selected
2019 / Vægten og telefonen, Kunstavisen
2018 / DR P1 Kulturen
2017 / Interviewartikel, Kunstavisen
2017 / Kunsten.nu
2016 / North Art Magazine
2014 / Alwan For the Arts, New York
2013 / Nordjyske Stiftstidende
2013 / North Art Magazine
2012 / DR Kunstklub
2011 / Magasinet Kunst
2010 / Børsen portrætartikel
2010 / Jyllands/Posten
2010 / Politiken
2010 / Berlingske Tidende
2009 / TV: DK4, portrætudsendelse ”Kunst/i/øjet”
2008 / Ed McCormack, Gallery & Studio, New York, 2008
2007 / Politiken
2007 / Fyens Stiftstidende
2007 / Dansk Kunst 2007
2006 / Berlingske Tidende
2006 / TV2, Go' Morgen Danmark

Commissions
2019 / Ørbygård Nursing Home, Denmark
2014 / Viborg International Billboard Festival, Denmark
2013 / Headspace, Denmark
2010 / Happy Xmas Tree, Denmark
2010 / 2010 International Fine Art, FIFA World Cup, South Africa
2009 / Danmarksindsamlingen, TV2, Copenhagen
2008 / Finansforbundet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Collections
Luciano Benetton Collection Imago Mundi, Italy
Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art Collection, New York, USA
Sociale Verzekeringsbank, Zaanstad, Holland
Than Mór Mail Art Museum, Hungary
Museum Ovartaci, Denmark
Rødovre Erhvervsråd / Rødovre Erhvervspris 2015, Denmark
Viborg International Billboard Painting Foundation, Denmark
Rødovre Kommune – Lokalhistorisk Arkiv, Denmark
Gladsaxe Kommune, Denmark
Private art collectors in Denmark, England, USA, Norway, Israel

Travels and Study Trips
2013, 2010 / Amsterdam
2012, 2011 / London
2008, 2007, 2006 / New York
2018, 2006, 2005 / Berlin
2006 / Barcelona

Jury Member
2019 / Drawing Marathon International
2014 / Nordkraftudstillingen, Kunsthal Nord
2012 / Kerteminde Art Festival

Artist Talks
2019 / Copenhagen University / “My art”
2019 / Hesede Hovedgård / “Burning Love”
2019 / Kunsthal Vejle / “The 20 Commandments”
2019 / Bredgade Kunsthandel / “[ Fone ]”
2014 / Heerup Museum / "My Places"
2012 / Kunstpakhuset, Ikast / "New York City Blues"
2009 / Vanløse Lokalhistoriske Forening / "My cityscapes"

Exhibitions in Art Associations in Companies
e.g. DTU Kunstforeninge, Rødovre Kommunes Kunstforening, OUH Kunstforening