Kristian Kragelund concerns himself with the objecthood of painting and the historical resonance of sculptural materiality. Through a weave of formalist and conceptual painting, and by the appropriation of new and recycled industrial materials and debris, he poses critical questions regarding the social and discursive histories of Western modernity. Working reductively, his meditative wall-based works possess a striking synergy of traces of personal pasts and projections into collective futures, reminiscent, inversely, of early Minimalist art. Yet from this ambivalent glare between socioeconomic industrialism and personal spirituality, Kragelund's work perpetually attempts to re-negotiate the value of the physical object and to engage the established systems and structures defining art and contemporary culture.
Kristian Kragelund (1987) is born in Denmark and did a BA (Honours) in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in London, UK in 2014 and has since exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His work is held in several private and public collections including The Danish Arts Foundation and as a public commission in Whitechapel, London. Kragelund is currently studying an MFA in painting at Columbia University in New York City.