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MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.
Artist Bio: Mads Lynnerup (b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Mads Lynnerup uses a variety of media to create humorous and poignant works based on observations of his immediate environment. In his video for MTV, Astrobright (Fake and Temporary), Lynnerup focuses on the antithetical landscapes of contemporary art and fitness, finding that these seemingly disparate worlds are, in reality, both obsessive and fanatic in their own way. As an artist who recently started a personal exercise regime of his own, Lynnerup is fascinated with how pieces of generic gym equipment look and operate as objects in fitness centers. This seemingly mundane observation is a launching point for the artist’s ongoing attempt to break open the static nature of art objects displayed in galleries and museums. For his Art Breaks piece, Lynnerup worked with his own personal trainer, Tim Adams, to create a series of short fitness routines outside of the gym environment. Lynnerup recently earned an MFA from Columbia University in New York and has shown his work nationally and internationally at such venues as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; MoMA PS1, NY; and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.
Mads Lynnerup lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Articles And Links:
Austin 360: Playful New Exhibit Wants You To Touch
SF Weekly: Artist Mads Lynnerup’s New Routine
New York Times: Smooth And Safe At Pier 94
Baer Ridgway Exhibition: You Are The Artist, You Figure It Out
Art Lies: Mads Lynnerup
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