With Gudrun Hasle RoofTop is halfway in its exhibition program. I try not to cry is a work which places itself in one of the most important aspects of Hasle’s practice; a raw honesty about vulnerability which is carried out in two ways. First and foremost, there is the statement which in spite of its extremely personal stance ends up with standing strong and universal for most people. The sensitivity described by Hasle is not unique but rather something the majority can relate to.
Next to the open vulnerability there is the second side of Hasle’s practice which compliments the first. Hasle is dyslectic and therefore her text works are often coloured with misspellings. The effect of the both personal and universal statements Hasle creates are enhanced by the small errors which disturb the viewer’s decoding of the text. In her own way, Hasle turns the situation and makes her viewer dyslectic towards the language she creates herself. For many, the reading of a single sentence is done without difficulty but Hasle’s words challenge and demand more attention, time and tolerance. Thereto the work is without parades; it acknowledges and stands by its own flaws. A statement such as I try not to cry ends up seeming only the more vulnerable by virtue of its misspellings.
Social rules and customs in public space dictate that you move with a façade and feelings are rarely on show. These feelings Hasle draws to the surface and in this way the work I try not to cry can function as a helping hand or a recognition to those who pass by every day.
Gudrun Hasle (1979 DK) is educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and The Funen Academy of Arts with departure in 2008. Some of her earlier solo exhibitions count ‘Haw can I schem’ (2016) at Horsens Museum of Art, ‘Dem der kom før mig’ (2015) at Vejen Museum of Art and ‘My Charlthodt as a Expat’ (2015) at Brandts Art Centre. Latest Hasle exhibited solo at Galleri Tom Christoffersen under the title ‘Colors, patterns and random thoughts’ (2019). Hasle’s works are part of the collections at The National Gallery of Denmark, Horsens Museum of Art, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art and The National Museum of Photography.