SELECTED PRESS 2006-2016


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ARTIKEL I NORTH ART MAGAZINE 

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KUNSTAVISEN 02-2016
Omtale af "En buket" - Gammelgaard


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Mention
Are We Already Gone? FlickerLab, New York

Alwan for the Arts + Alwan email list

New York Foundation for the Arts

All Events In New York

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GLOBAL VILLAGE 2014

 

 


 

 

 

Local tv interview 


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VIBORG INTERNATIONAL BILLBOARD PAINTING FESTVIAL 2014

TV Midt Vest about the Billboard Painting Festival 2014

 

 

The art lover Bjarne Eriksen has made this video about the opening of the Billboard festival where I tell about my process with the billboard painting.

 


Local press Viborg Stifts Folkeblade 4 June



Local press Viborg Stifts Folkeblade 10 June 2014

Radio interview on national Danish radio P4

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KUNSTAVISEN 05-2014
Review of "Du Søde Liv" - Galleri North

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POLITIKEN 05-2014
Review of "You Sweet Life" - Galleri North


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KUNSTAVISEN 09-2013
Review of "EYE CATCHER" - Galleri Hegnhøj & Blyme

"Jonna Pedersen is one of our time's great urbanists..." - review by Inge Schjødt.
 

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ÆLDRESAGEN NU - 2013
Article about Jonna Pedersen's art - page 62




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RØDOVRE LOKALTV - 2013
Interview re "Writing On The Door And A Spanish Coffee" - Kilden

 

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NORTH ART MAGAZINE - 2013
Article about Jonna Pedersen's art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NORDJYSKE STIFTSTIDENDE - 2013
Review of "The World Is Somewhere" - Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum


 

Mention in Nordjyske Stiftstidende

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KUNSTEN.NU
Article about "The World Is Somewhere" - Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum


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VESTEGNEN
Article about "Global Village 2012" - Brønden  


 

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ESPLANADEN
Article about "Global Village 2012" - Brønden  


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KUNSTAVISEN - 2012
Review of "New York City Blues" - Kunstpakhuset 



 

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IKAST AVIS - 2012
Article about "New York City Blues" - Kunstpakhuset 


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DR KUNSTKLUB - 2012
Recommendation of "New York City Blues" - Kunstpakhuset




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IKAST BRANDE - 2012
Article about "New York City Blues" - Kunstpakhuset




Additional press about "New York City Blues"

LokalNyt

Lars Svanholm Blog

Abookaboutdeatharchive Blog

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VESTEGNEN + LOKALNYT - 2011

 

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NY ART MARATHON - 2011
Review by newyorker curator David Gibson


 

"This work by Jonna Pedersen is called “Fun Pops On a Stick”. You might think that the artist is interested in pure products of pop life and commercial culture, but in fact, it looks like she is most attracted to the way that the words compose themselves in mundane situations. Some things in this piece are very obvious, an obvious metaphor, in this case its a fun pop. But other words seem to be coming out of it: ok, calmi, salmi. That looks like a brand name but it also infers to the roots of words calm, soul, love.

Another piece is called “Licoriciii”. We have a package that looks like a checkerboard, it is a very simple cube shape and seems to be a carton of candies. And its simplicity has a drowsy visual quality, the checkered pattern hypnotizes you and makes you want to open that box and take a candy.

One more work is called “Portrait of a Caramel”. Chocolate coated toffee lollipops. The artist is obviously compelled by candy, sweetness, innocence, and yet commercial packaging, intentionality. These are all very minute but visually stunning images with metaphors of nationalism, stars on a blue background, red and white colors. These colors come out of heraldry, they entertain and confuse us, they also make us want to buy this pack of caramel."

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LOKALNYT - 2011
Article about "NY ART MARATHON" - New York

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REVIEWS...

"Jonna Pedersen paints striking paintings of what she sees and she works on her motives with originality and nerve..."
Ole Lindboe, editor of Magasinet Kunst

"her talent is obvious. It seems fair to say, her ability comes naturally to her..."
Ole Lindboe, editor of Magasinet Kunst

"...extremely forceful, direct and sensuous. There is no room for harmless decoration, rather tease the audience with paintings that have a nerve..."
Tom Jørgensen, editor of Kunstavisen

"Jonna Pedersen's artistic expression is deeply personal and commonly touching. She makes paintings using both brains and heart. Paintings that allow questions."
Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholt, artist and teacher


 

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MAGASINET KUNST - 2011
Review of "Dokumentar"

 

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KUNSTAVISEN - 2011
Review of "Dokumentar"


 

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NORDJYSKE - 2011
Article about "The Zity" - Galerie Contour

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TV2 FYN - 2011
Interview re "Bytte bytte købmand" - Bremers Galleri


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FYENS STIFTSTIDENDE - 2011
Mention of "Bytte bytte købmand" - Bremers Galleri

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FYENS AMTS AVIS - 2011
Mention of "Bytte bytte købmand" - Bremers Galleri

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KØGE AVISEN - 2011
Article about "Dokumentar" - Køge Galleriet


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KUNSTAVISEN - 2010
 

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BØRSEN - 2010
Portrait re "African Boots" - Vorld Cup in 
South Africa

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KUNSTEN.NU - 2010
Article re "African Boots" - World Cup in 
South Africa

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POLITIKEN - 2010
Article re "African Boots" - World Cup in 
South Africa



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BERLINGSKE TIDENDE - 2010
"African Boots" - Wolrd Cup in 
South Africa

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"AFRICAN BOOTS" - WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA - 2010
Artickles about the paintings in TV, radio and www


        



Newspapers:
Post Danmark - Med Rundt uge 28
Børsen
Fyns Amts Avis
Fyns Stifstidende
Vestegnen 9. juni 2010
MetroXpress 9. juni 2010
Rødovre Lokalnyt 2. juni 2010
Politiken 30. maj 2010 jpg
Berlingske Tidende 27. maj 2010 jpg
Jydske Vestkysten

WWW:
Kulturplakaten
Jyllands-Posten
AOS - Alt om Syddanmark
KUNSTEN.NU
Kunstportal Fyn
På vej til VM i Sydafrika - Vestegnen
Kunst for Roligans - Vestegnen
Nordjyske Aviser
JP-Mobil

TV:
Rødovre Lokal TV

Radio:
Radio Als

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VESTEGNEN - 2010
Article about "African Boots" - World Cup in South Africa

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VESTEGNEN - 2010
Article about "Reflections of the City" - Happy Xmas Tree

 

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VESTEGNEN - 2009
Interview



 

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DK4 "KUNST-I-ØJET"- 2009
TV portrait by art critic Ole Lindboe

 

 

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LOKALNYT - 2009
Article about "Frisørstol" - Danmarksindsamlingen


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SØNDAG - 2009
Article about Jonna Pedersen


 

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GALLERY & STUDIO - 2008
Review of "Deadpan Danes On A Mission Of Cool"- Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery

"...The first picture Jonna Pedersen ever painted was a copy of a work by the Danish Cobra artist Asger Jorn that she fell in love with in the Silkeborg Museum. For a while, earlier in her career, she worked in a similarly frenzied gestural manner, before becoming enamored of the bland facades of shops on streets devoid of people, yet somehow seemingly haunted by their absence.

The urban environment that Pedersen evokes suggests the aftermath of one of those "smart bombs" that can supposedly wipe out an entire population without destroying property - a Godsend, some might say, given the relative value of real estate over human life in today's world. Sans signs of life, everything appears pristinely undisturbed in Pedersen's paintings. But while Denmark is technically a welfare state, remnants of rampant consumerism are everywhere evident in the variety of signs plastering the storefronts.

Not knowing Danish makes them all the more intriguing, even though Pedersen supplies English titles. In "Tanning Salon," under the shopfront that says "Consol Solcenter,"  a poster in the window shows a tiny figure in a swimsuit exulting with upraised arms on a beach. Since the human presence is so rare in Pedersen's paintings, this minuscule detail seems almost spooky, a remnant of vanished natural joy embalmed in an urban mausoleum as alien as one of Yves Tanguy's surrealist boneyards.

The desolate effect is enhanced by Pedersen's meticulously detailed style, in which acrylics are employed like tempera paints to produce flat, dry-looking color areas that can appear simultaneously bright and muted. She paints every brick in an obsessive manner reminiscent of Ben Shahn's early social realist cityscapes; yet her jazzy use of commercial signage and abruptly cropped word fragments as abstract shapes recalls Stuart Davis.

Indeed, Pedersen's paintings function dynamically as geometric hard-edge abstractions, as seen in "Nord Flex," a picture of a window and door store in which the rectangles of the windows depicted on the signs rhyme visually with the actual windows in the building facade above the shopfront. The compositional tension is further heightened by the white traffic lines in the gray gutter, which contradict the two dimensional picture plane with implied perspective.

Yet to put too much emphasis on the formal attributes in the paintings of Jonna Pedersen would be to short-change their universal symbolic resonance. Not many artists, after all, can present one with a bland stucco structure called "Gastronomia Italiana," in what appears to be Danish strip-mall, and make something about its deadpan eeriness evoke the night the notorious renegade Mafioso Crazy Joey Gallo went into a place called Umberto's Clam House, in New York's Little Italy, and ended up face-down in his calamari."

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KUNSTEN.NU - 2008
Review of "De Elskende og Byens Gader" - Kunstpakhuset



 
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AARHUS.NU - 2007
Anmeldelse af "Urbane Fortællinger" - Galleri NB

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GALLERY & STUDIO - 2006
Review of "Cold Sheets in Berlin"- Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery

"...Jonna Pedersen's composition "Cold Sheets in Berlin" bespeaks the bleakness of an unsuccessful romantic assignation in Heartbreak Hotel with its simplified sink, empty mirror, and snot-green walls. Pedersen melds these unattractive seeming elements into an oddly harmonious and appealing composition by virtue of her unerring sense of the tensions inherrent in space, as well as her abillity to make essentially drab color combinations resonate emotionally. In this regard she reminds one of the group of British painters known as The Kitchen Sink School, led by John Bratby, who endeavored to capture the grimness of the postwar period.
Pedersen, however, transcends proletarian soap opera by virtue of a formal restraint that lends her compositions far more resonance."

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BERLINGSKE TIDENDE - 2006
Article about "Jørgen's Garage" - Byggeriets Hus


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FREDERIKSBERG BLADET - 2006
Article about "Jørgen's Garage" - Byggeriets Hus

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FREDERIKSBERG BLADET - 2006
Article about "Jørgen's Garage" - Byggeriets Hus


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MAGASINET KUNST - 2006
Article about "Jørgen's Garage" and "Times Square Utopia"


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FYENS STIFSTIDENDE - 2006
Review of "Min gule kjole og andre eventyr" - Galleri Nordskov





 

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