Safe to say Mark Leckey had a more rebellious youth than Mark Lester (photo: SMK,dk)
“Many of my works have their wellspring in things and experiences from my childhood and youth that still haunt me,” says British artist Mark Leckey. “The motorway bridge is one of those things that has settled in my memory. That is why I have recreated it.”
Leckey’s summer installation at Denmark’s National Gallery is room-dominating catharsis: an immersive recreation of a bridge underpass where Leckey loitered as an adolescent.
‘He thrusts his fists against the posts but still insists he sees the ghosts’ uses sight and sound to transport us to an ethereal memory – a new state of mind in an eerie environment.
ongoing, ends Sep 17; open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00, Wed 10:00-21:00, closed Mondays; Skovvej 100, Ishøj; 115kr; uk.arken.dk
How do we interact with a planet in constant change, and how do we come to terms with the environmental consequences of our own actions?
Such questions lead Nature (Re)turns, an outdoor exhibition at Arken that invites visitors to explore and reflect upon the reality of a shifting climate and existence on a planet largely sculpted by human action.
Situated along the beach and incorporating creative takes on photography and sculpture, Nature (Re)turns promises an experience that is as visually captivating as it is contemplative.
Levon Biss Microsculpture
ongoing, ends Nov 19; Øster Voldgade 5-7, Cph K; geologi.snm.ku.dk
British photographer Levon Biss likes bugs. Compiling thousands of microscopic photographs, Biss creates enormous portraits that provide unrivaled detail of his subjects, emphasising the insects’ beauty and complexity.
Whistleblowers & Vigilantes
ongoing, ends Aug 13; Nyhavn 2, Cph K; kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk
In the realm of digital resistance, it can be hard to draw the line between insurgency and vigilantism. Including figures such as Edward Snowden, Anonymous and Julian Assange, this exhibition explores digital activism through multimedia installations.
Sophia Kalkau: Line of Circles
ongoing, ends Aug 27; Storgade 17, Sorø; sorokunstmuseum.dk
The circle is a noble little shape. Clean, symbolic and universal, it holds as much cultural weight as it does geometric relevance. Kalkau puts the circle in the spotlight in an exhibition that explores the shape’s relation to human culture and the body.
ongoing, ends Sep 3; Staldgade 16, Cph V; fotografiskcenter.dk
Herbarium is the hybrid product of photography and botany – a high-tech exploration of the micro-level beauty of plant systems. Electron microscopes, microalgae and root systems come into play, examining the relationship between art and science.
ongoing, ends Sep 3; Trangravsvej 10-12, Cph K; cphco.org
Making its Scandinavian debut, the contemporary masterpiece The Clock is a 24-hour real-time montage of timepieces sourced from countless films. Will there be themes of romance, tragedy and cultural symbolism? Only time will tell.