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Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk
Installation view of Hold Your Own at Josh Lilley, presenting Peter Linde Busk

Artworks

From a Certain Point Onward There Is No Longer Any Turning Back. That Is the Point That Must Be Reached. by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
See – Here He Comes, out of His Rocky Dwelling, Drunk Singing an Ugly Noise, Howling All over the Place and out of Tune by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Clipped Wings by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Mount Edna by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Mand Falder IV by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Another Such Victory and I Will Come Back to Epirus Alone by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Is That All There Is to the Circus? by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Before the Flood by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
You Are Free, That’s Why You Are Lost by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
She Who Is Milk-White by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Glaucus by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
He Who with a Tragic Song Competed for a Mere Goat by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
After the Flood by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Violent Heart by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Im Kampf Zwischen Dir und der Welt, Sekundiere der Welt by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Man Walks in Wakes and Shadows by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Hold Your Own by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Debaser by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Uranos & Sons by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Defrocked by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Win the Battle, Lose the War by Peter Linde Busk, 2019
Acrobat by Peter Linde Busk, 2019

Peter Linde Busk

Hold Your Own

29 November 2019 – 8 January 2020

Josh Lilley is proud to present Hold Your Own, an exhibition of new paintings, wall reliefs and prints by Danish artist Peter Linde Busk.

Busk is a feral Academy artist, acquiring and then exploiting all the skills that education allows. His appetite and searching attitude have rendered him a consistently restless and hard-to-define artist: he has made paintings; paintings in unconventional media that close in on collage; prints of every kind, from etchings to woodcuts and monoprints; sculpture in clay and bronze; paintings made out of sculpture until they become sculptures; mosaics; textiles. He has embraced everything the hand can make. First a figurative painter, his practice has expanded at a steady rate, growing thicker with each new technique he has taken on.

The emblem of this exhibition is Mand Falder IV, a large work containing the totality of his practice to this point. It is covered in jigsawed plates of carved wood, fired ceramic, stapled down slivers of prints, stones, ink, paints and ambiguous geological stuff. It is a maze of abstraction whose every mark bears the hand of the maker, yet it offers no answers and no route. Despite echoes of Mike Kelley's Memory Ware works (and all the vernacular American art they imply), as well as the proto-Situationist CoBrA movement and 1980s Occidental Neo-Expressionism, Busk's full reliefs strike their own mood, a result of their own journey.

The name of the four Mand Falder works translates as Man Falling, itself the title of a 2013 documentary about the Danish artist Per Kirkeby recovering from a late-life brain injury and figuring out if he could remember how to paint. Busk's homage to the ever-expanding mind of Kirkeby is less an elegy, more a fireworks display — an artwork about pictorial and neurological chaos and complication, and the beauty of tumbling in that atmosphere.

Busk's painting practice can go no further than the ecstasy of Mand Falder IV. He is at the limit of what a picture can be. Thus, in Hold Your Own, a suite of small to metre-tall paintings and two monochromatic lithographs show what happens next. Busk's new practice takes place in a modest painting studio in the bay community of Faxe, south of Copenhagen. Returning to the figure, to directness, to nimbleness, and to angst at a softer register, Busk's careerlong wrestling match with the weight of the body and what it can do here returns, weightless and astringent, as a dance.

Peter Linde Busk (b. 1973, Copenhagen) studied between 2002 and 2009 at the Slade School of Art, London; Hunter College, New York; the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (under Peter Doig); and the Royal Academy, London. In the past decade he has been the subject of institutional solo exhibitions at the Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden; GL STRAND, Copenhagen; and the Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro, Denmark; in addition to solo and group exhibitions at the Soane Museum and Saatchi Gallery, London; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Studio Voltaire at BolteLang, Zurich; Derek Eller Gallery and the Hole, New York; MONITOR, Rome; and Galleri Christina Wilson and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen. Busk participated in Josh Lilley's first show in 2009. Hold Your Own will be his third monographic exhibition with the gallery. Busk lives and works in Faxe, Denmark and Berlin.