H e n n i n g 
D r e y e r

- born in 1940 in Copenhagen, professional lithographer and painter.

 


Travelled, lived, worked and exhibited in Denmark
and abroad since 1965

 


Excerpts of projects/ideas with short descriptions from 1968 and on


1968



Gallerie Collectors cabinet, Toronto, Canada
- COLORED MARKERS IN A METRAPOLIS

Some ordinary parts of the city are to be given colored markers, like lampposts, sidewalks, house numbers etc.
- The closer you get to a hospital, the closer the red markers are spaced.
- The closer to a school, the closer the yellow markers
- The closer to parks and playgrounds - green
- The closer to a police station - blue etc. -


1969


- A SCULPTURAL HOUSE.

The sculpture is part of the house; the house is part of the sculpture.
Sculptural elements emerge from the ground on one side. Then they appear to break through the house and disappear into the ground on the other side.


1970


Series-Figures, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen


1971

PAINTED SCULPTURES, placed in Copenhagen, Grib Forest, and
the northern coast of Zealand.
-The Artists' Autumn Exhibition, "Den Frie", Copenhagen.

1972


PAINTED PYRAMIDS - The Work Exhibition, "Den Frie", Copenhagen

Two meter high pyramids erected at dawn on twenty bomb shelters
- The cityscape is changed
- Attention is drawn to the bomb shelters

- UNDERWATER SCULPTURS

Lighted figures under water
- The figures can be seen completely or faintly deep beneath the water
- Other figures are partially under water or partially on land - they are in the process of crawling from one element
to the other.

- CANNED VISIONS

Cans with labels which describe the contents as visual experiences
- An example: "Gooseskin against the evening sun - September 1974",
"View from "Himmelbjerget - May 1967", etc.
- The view is complete as long as the can is full.


1974


- BREATHING SCULPTURES

Hard and soft non-porous material with an installed ventilating system.
- Small sections of the sculptures cave in, shrink - and afterwards
expand once again, wherupon the sculpture caves in somewhere else, expands again ...in a cycle
The sculpture breathes


1975


- SCULPTURES OF SOUND

Figures in colored steel from a "little musical piece"
- The sounds, figures, sequences of the music etc. are presented
in as many form symbols, for example waves, indentations,
circles, triangles etc
- All the figures are related to one or more sound sources that
are placed in the same room.
- The little piece of music will appear to be a tangle of "silent
sounds" - or a disconnected loudspeaker figure from which the
forms of the piece reach out in all directions.

- SCULPTURS OF LIGHT

Colored steel
- Light patterns in a dark room photographed simultaneously
by five or six open cameras from various angles.
- The resulting pictures turned into sculptural forms: one long
shape in movement.

- THE MEMORY OF THE BONFIRE

Sculpture of time. A series - twenty to thirty of completely or partially burned bonfires.
- The bonfires are built up differently and from different types of wood
- The bonfires have been stopped at various stages of burning
and then conserved
- The remains of the bonfires could be from 2000 years ago
up to today.


1976


- SEA SCULPTURE

Large floating sculptures
- The sculptures are anchored in one area
after a while they exchange places or are moved to a new area.

- SCULPTURES IN AN AIRFREE ROOM

Figures that float in large, airfree domes


1977

- Solo exhibition at "Den Frie", Copenhagen


1981


- CRATE PICTURES

Ten to twenty bottomless crates are hung from the ceiling. The crates measure 50cm x 50 x 80.
- The crates are covered on the inside with small pictures and
series of pictures and these are illuminated.
- The viewer must stick his head in the crate to see the pictures
- Because of the size of the crates the viewer is close to the limits
of his ability to focus -and he is alone
- From the outside one will see partially anonymous people
entranced in their "private" picture experiences.


1984


- THE SEWING TOGETHER OF PARTSOF THE FINNISH ARCHIPELAGO

Strong ropes set up on a group of low, naked islands
- The islands are sewn together
and they will float away from each other if their connecting links are broken

- OPEN AND CLOSED CLIFFS

Ropes and tackles set up along cliff edges
- The construction is mounted along the edge of the cliffs and
reaches out towards the fixed cliff where it is tied down.
- The ropes keep the cliffs open
and the cliffs collapse if the ropes break


1988

- ENCLOSED WATERWAY

A closed water system in plastic and glass with floating colored elements
a bunch of transparent rods, about 30cm. in diameter come out of the earth, run across streets and squares and up onto the surfaces of houses etc. and then disappeare into the earth again.


1989


- Gallerie Stubtoft, Sorø

Series of pictures based on the music of Bill Evans


1990

- MINIATURE, PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES, Galleri Stubtoft, Sorø.

1992


- Gallerie Caramel, Helsingborg, Sweden

painted figures


1993


- ROADSIGN FOR MIGRATING BIRDS, four meter high sculpture
at Bisserup Beach


CABLE SCULPTURE

Big, colored cabels - 3 meters in diameter - stick out of the
earth in the country and the city

For example: A number of cable ends stick out of the ground
somewhere in Zealand. "The same" cables come out of the earth
in Funen, Skaane - or Australia.


1994


- TREE SCULPTURES

Module elements of painted steel and aluminum which are
joined together as sculptures

These "tree sculptures" are to be placed in a freshly planted tree row or grove.
In time with the seasons the modules should be switched and replaced so that the sculptures "grow" with the trees.


1995


- KASTRUP AIRPORT Decoration for the Euroclass Lounge

- GLASS PANELS

Large glass panels partially painted with figures or pictures.
To be used as moveable panels in hallways or rooms meant to be variable in arrangement .
People passing by in front of, between or behind become a part of the complete scenery.
And conversely, the glass panels participate in the passing traffic.

- MEMORIAL PARK

Park/landscape where a number of "memories" or portions of
these, formed as sculptural entities are spread around

 


1996


-
MOBILE hung in a department store

- SUNWORSHIPPERS

Stainless steel
Painted sculptures placed on tall, thin columns of
stainless steel. The sculptures are mounted on light-sensitive
motors that cause the sculptures slowly to follow the path of the sun.

- CITY PICTURES/ PICTURE CITY

Sculpture and elements of pictures made of painted aluminum.
- The elements/pictures can be used as independent sculptures
or as decorations for walls and fences various places in town.

After a while (or according to the season) the pictures are
moved so the town changes "its face"
- For example, what used to be part of a wall is now part of a
sculpture. And what used to be a sculpture now is a picture on the wall of a gymnasium.
- The same recogniseable elements appear in new places. A dialogue
between the city and its inhabitants has been initiated.


1997


- WELCOMING FIGURES

In the tradition of the old Canadian, west-coast Indians.
Independent figures of painted aluminum and stainless steel.

- The welcoming figures can be used in front of entrances or
the facades of houses. A benign, hospitable reception for guests or
employees.ELKOMST-FIGURER


1998


- SCULPTURES AS ARCHEOLOGY

An excavation area where sculptures are partially revealed,
as if they were being excavated. Through this a feeling of
an even larger buried sculptural area is created:

- the possibility of finding other, hidden sculptures.


1999


- SPRING SCULPTURES

- Many small sculptures shoot up like onions from the ground
in a park or garden area.
- They "bloom" in strong forms and colors and "blossom"
all summer
- In the autumn they retreat (are partially dismantled) and
through the winter only their platforms remain as a reminder


2000-

2002


- TASTE AND SCENT.

The pictures make tastes and scents visual.
Some titles: "Bouillabaisse", "Fried eel standing up", "Cocktail", etc.


2003


- If art is food for the soul,
then Dreyer paints sushi.
In other words:
Visual haiku.


John v. Daler