live and work in Copenhagen

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PUTPUT was established in 2011 as a cross disciplinary collaboration between Stephan Friedli (CH) and Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK). Working primarily with conceptual still-life photography, objects/sculpture and publishing.

In their artistic practice PUTPUT explore our immediate surroundings and the objects we use, abuse, admire and interact with in everyday life. Often entering a negotiation or interrogation with specific objects to fully examine what they are and what they may become. Ideas are exhausted, distilled and refined to accomplish works that are self-explanatory, ambiguous and profoundly superficial.

Artist statement:
"Neatly placed between input and output we navigate the increasingly busy intersection where photography, sculpture and design meet. A shared and deeply rooted fascination with metaphysical relationships connected to everyday objects guides and perpetuates our work.

A humoristic undercurrent runs through the reduced, ambiguous and profoundly superficial visual universe that defines PUTPUT. Playful constructions, transient in their nature, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Ideas, concepts and the notion of creating fictional but recognizable object typologies are at the very core of our artistic practice. The highly stylized visual universe has references to Pop Art, surrealism and reinterprets classical genres such as still life through a contemporary lens.

We undertake a meticulous interrogation and research of our a immediate surroundings through ideas and concepts to purposely build connections between meaning, expression and artifact; reinventing and reconfiguring the context and expression of objects leads to new questions that beg to be answered through the objects and images themselves. We set out to create self-explanatory images that challenge perception through juxtapositions of objects, both manmade and natural in the hope that the viewer might look twice…or more and to maybe upon that second glance discover something unexpected or unseen."

PUTPUT continues its ability to create images that are “both perfectly natural and out of place”

by Lucy Bourton
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by Ashley Munns
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2011 established as a cross disciplinary collaboration between:

Stephan Friedl

2008 BA - Graphic Design, Schule für Gestaltung Bern, Biel

Ulrik Martin Larsen (DK)

2008 MA - Fashion Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Copenhagen
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Bygning A, Copenhagen (S)
NRW-Forum Düsseldorf (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
2021 Keeping House, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (S, online)
Tableau Cavities, Copenhagen (S)
ART MATTERS 3, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
Jonald Dudd, New York Design Week, New York (G)
Fulcrum Press, TBA, Los Angeles (G)
2020 Art Matters, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G, online)
2019 Abecita Konst Museum, Dysfunctional Objects, Borås (S)
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen (G)
Photo Phnom Penh, 10th anniversary exhibition, Phnom Penh (G)
Everyday Play, KK Outlet x Vans, London (G)
Tabularasa Magazine #5 Performance, Usagi, New York (G)
Objects Revés, Centre Tignous d’art Contemporain, Montreuil (G)
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen (G)
Comic Citrone, Festival of Arts and Letters, The Round Tower, Copenhagen (G)
Jonald Dudd, New York Design Week, New York (G)
Sveriges Innovationsriksdag, The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås (G)
Haute Photographie, Fotografiska, Stockholm (G)
All Our Friends, KK Outlet, London (G)
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Coffee for Oppenheim, Paris (S)
Everything and Everybody As Material, Textilemuseet, Borås (G)
Photoville, Ordinary Magazine, New York (G)
I Scream, You Scream, Robert Mann Gallery, New York (G)
Photo Phnom Penh, Festival, Phnom Penh (G)
Fabulous Failures, Botanique, Bruxelles (G)
Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery, Vitrine Gallery, Basel (G)
Photo Basel, with Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Basel (G)
2016 Copenhagen Photo Festival, Photography On, Copenhagen (S)
The Swiss Embassy, Coffee for Oppenheim, Copenhagen (S)
Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Enormous Details, Glasgow (S)
Ordinary Magazine, KK Outlet, London (G)
Modern Love, SHEET x KK Outlet, London (G)
Darmstadter Tage der Fotografie, Merck-Preis, Darmstadt (G)
Les Rencontres Arles, Fabulous Failures, curated by Erik Kessels, Arles (G)
Photobook Melbourne, #Memory_Archive Exhibition, Melbourne (G)
Festival Voies Off, selected for Prix Voies Off, Arles (G)
Unseen Photo Fair, with Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Amsterdam (G)
2015 ​KK Outlet, Cheating Sameness, London (S)
Finnish Museum of Photography, Photography On, Helsinki (S)
2012 Galleri Naboløs, Deflected Vision, Copenhagen (S)
VESS, Diversion Supply, Copenhagen (S)

Selected Group Exhibitions

We have had the great pleasure of being included in numerous group exhibitions and photography festivals including Copenhagen Photo Festival, Le Dictateur (Milan), MART (Trento), Format (Derby), Voies Off (Arles), Circulation(s) (Paris), Modemuseum Hasselt, KK Outlet (London), Paris Photo, London Art Fair, Contact Photo Festival (Toronto), Edinburgh Art Festival, Encontros da Imagem (Braga), Photo Basel, New York Design Week, Art Copenhagen, Dressed Integrity (London & Stockholm) and Fashionclash (Maastricht) to name a few.

Artist Residencies

Sparbankstiftelsens Design Residency, The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås

Lectures and Presentations

RMIT, Lecture, Melbourne
Transfashional Panel, Symposium, London College of Fashion, London

Everything and Everybody As Material, Keynote Lecture, Sweden
Photo Phnom Penh, Artist Talk, Phnom Penh
180 Creative Camp, Lecture and 2-day workshop, Abrantes

Coffee for Oppenheim, Artist talk with Sidsel Marie Søndergaard, Director of Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Artist Talk, Copenhagen
Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Lecture, Glasgow

Beyonderground, Artist Talk, Hasselt

Selected Publications

Our work has been featured in a wide range of books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and newspapers amongst others: The Still Life (Gestalten), Experimental Eating (Black Dog Publishing), Setting the Scene (Index Book), Food Player (Sandu), Just Kidding (Viction:ary), The Steidz Magazine, Picnic, Rooms, Aint Bad, Some Magazine, Esquire, Wallpaper, L’Express, Blink, Sleek, SZ Magazin, Damn, GUP, Liberation, Der Greif, Causette, Elle (NL), L’ADN, Nido, Volkskrant, Current Obsession, Visuelle.


Danish Arts Council - Working Grant

Pro Helvetia - Project Support Grant
Danish Arts Council- Working Grant
Danish Arts Council - Exhibition Production Grant

Danish Arts Council - Working grant
Danish Arts Council - Exhibition Production Grant

Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond - Exhibition Participation Grant




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