In charcoal, Mika Utzon Popov delineates the vegetational growth of untamed landscapes, sometimes showing an uncanny resemblance to magnified hair shafts and follicles on a terrain of human skin.
Other works, that draw on the same observations, bear the qualities of a repeat print for textile design, where each plant-life texture bands naturally with the next to form a monochromatic surface: a gradient of light to heavy-handed markings. These freehand strokes come as a contrast to the vivid digital prints of Utson Popvo’s previously shown at Australian Galleries, Mrs. Popov, where Utzon Popov wide-eyedly blocks out the activity within the manmade world of Copenhagen’s Tivoli. For Tokens, Utzon Popov uses raw materials and a raw approach to describe the crux of the natural environment.
15 June – 8 July 2012
Australian Galleries, Glenmore Road, Sydney.