Peter Martensen alludes to the indigo colour as a state and evokes the distance it brings as a master of memory and oblivion. He points out its luminosity in the obscurity and compares its melancholic tone to a cello’s. Morten Søndergaard puts forth its transformative and enchanting dimension, its link to the depths of existence.
For bla bla bleu, Morten Søndergaard is republishing – in blue – his Pharmacie des Mots (Word Pharmacy), a collision between the ten grammatical categories and medicine leaflets. More than anything, it is a collision between two languages or two systems: grammar and medicine*.
The exhibition is conceived as a big blue pharmacy: blue marble stones with engraved words and pharmacies by Morten Søndergaard punctuate this ensemble, where Peter Martensen’s paintings and drawings blow like paper sheets in the wind.
The two artists consider their work as “fundamental research”. The poet adds: I don’t think poetry leads to new discoveries contrary to science. But we have to write poetry because the world is in constant need of being rephrased.
With bla bla bleu, the painter and poet meet together to offer us (bluish) stuff over the transom! The foundations of meaning will shake under the attacks of words, images and other substances. There’s a high risk of addiction.
*excerpt from Les Pharmakonfessions by Morten Søndergaard