Peter Linde Busk - Who Speaks of Victory? To Endure Is All
The fundamental conditions of existence are among the main themes of the work of Peter Linde Busk (b. 1973). His pictorial universe is populated by tragicomic figures, depicted with deformities and unsightly distortions, in abyss-like spaces. Narratives of defeat and deep despair emerge from the works – but not infrequently the mood turns to biting satire, playfulness or rebellious humour.
The art historical references in the work of Peter Linde Busk are numerous, and he has a particular eye for modern 20th century masters such as James Ensor (1860-1949), Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Georges Rouault (1871-1958) Paul Klee (1879-1940), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). His sources of inspiration also include late medieval icon paintings, Expressionism and the COBRA movement, as well as a number of slightly neglected traditions in art history, including folk art and the art of the mentally ill. The expression is grotesquely realistic and beauty-seeking at one and the same time.
From this, artworks arise that evince a quite unique combination of figuration and ornamentation, with detailed picture surfaces that are built up from meticulously planned compositions, repetitive pattern drawings and random trace formations from the artistic working process.
The titles and motifs of the works often make reference to the fictional universes of popular culture, with their reinterpretations of popular human destiny tales, such as they are played out in epoch-making US TV series such as Deadwood and The Wire, and not least world literature – especially Shakespeare, Baudelaire and Rilke, from whom Peter Linde Busk borrows the exhibition’s title Hvem taler om sejr? At overstå er alt (‘Who Speaks of Victory? To Endure Is All’). Rilke’s words about enduring the misery of the world are no less relevant in today’s existential struggle.