A Tale of Plans, Told by Misgivings

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Installation view at Elastic Gallery, Malmö, SE, 2010
 
 
 
This body of work built the core of the publication released in 2011; An open door is closing. In the foreword Lisbeth Bonde writes: “The paintings in the Ditte Ejlerskov’s hybrid manual, An Open Door is Closing, appear as film stills or photo documentations of scenes from a life lived, while the pictographs are guidelines that bind the narrative in chapters. Strangely enough, the book’s dry and pragmatic appearance works in favor of the books content which – like a docu-soap – explores the relationship between man and woman. Is it a manual that gives advice on tackling a complicated love affair, we wonder in our encounter with this atypical book. The paintings run indexically, since they seem to refer to a photographic source, that is, to a now which existed when it was immortalised on the light-sensitive paper and then painted. Therefore the book is also about representation – about how we construct our images of reality. “The photo imparts to the instant a posthumous shock” as Roland Barthes wrote in his renowned book of photography Camera Lucida – by which he means that it both celebrates and seals a moment (an act, an instant) that is already in the past…… Ditte Ejlerskov unfolds therefore a modern tale in archetypical robes, but it is worth noting that the story is her excuse to explore the form and colors of painting. The tale is subject to the image in continuation of the Danish painter Asger Jorn’s credo: “In the beginning was the image”.”

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So he had possessed himself of time
100 x 80, oil on canvas
 
 
 
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Pride goes before a fall
120 x 170, oil on canvas
 
 
 
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There was a morning ritual and a darkness outside
30 x 40, oil on canvas
 
 
 
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Installation view at Elastic Gallery, Malmö, SE
 
 
 
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Play
3 cm x 3 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Palm distortion
50 x 50, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Love me as we have planned, she said again
50 x 50, oil on canvas
 
 
 

Ditte Ejlerskov

Link
20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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An unchanging factual formation
65 x 81, oil on canvas
 
 
 
Ditte Ejlerskov

Exotics occur commonly
100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, 2010

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She set out to capture the exact formation
80 x 100, oil on canvas
 
 
 
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Elsewhere, a different realization is taking place
70 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
Ditte Ejlerskov

He had described to her, what Dubai looked like from his window
120 cm x 140 cm, oil on canvas

Ditte Ejlerskov

Recently I have preferred this ritual
50 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Daylight
100 x 80 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Waiting for the narration to unfold ll
30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Waiting for the narration to unfold l  
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, 2010
 
 
 
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Unchanging thoughts of her x-boyfriend occurred
65 x 81, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
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Change in behavior can be victory for the enemy
200 x 240, oil on canvas
 
 
 
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She had elegantly laid out all the pieces of their potential
55 x 46, oil on canvas
 
 
 

Reality unfolds emergently, she told him
Diptych;  120 cm x 140 cm +  120 x 160 cm, oil on canvas, 2010
 
 
 
Ditte Ejlerskov

Fall is our constant ritual
30 x 24, oil on canvas