Jakob Kolding


Architecture and urban planning as the design and organization of social space, as an intersection of the aesthetic and the social-these are the central themes of Jakob Kolding’s works on paper. Kolding’s collages (all works 2000), grouped in sequences of four sheets each or pinned as single sheets directly to the wall, combine starkly juxtaposed black-and-white photocopies of details of functionalist and Brutahst architecture with pop references and evocations of the suburban housing of Kolding’s childhood and youth in Copenhagen during the ’70s and ’80s. There are soccer players and their adolescent fans, DJs, skaters, cartoon figures, graffiti, and insignia of consumer culture such as the McDonald’s sign, but also quotations from recent sociological investigations of urban planning. While the compositions recall the bold designs of El Lissitzky or Moholy-Nagy, they reveal on closer

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