Lars Kærulf Møller, 2014

 

 

When you have seen Jørgen work with the clay and experience with what ease he forces it and gives it shape, seen how he sinks into an almost meditative unconscious state, where the hand acts almost like a mechanical tool for thought and the inner image, he has in his head, one might be led to believe that the process of creation is easy.

Nothing could be more wrong. Prior to each work lies long and often painful considerations, a myriad of written notes, sketches both on paper and in clay, and often numerous repetitions of the same theme before the final expression has taken shape.

The pictures Haugen Sørensen presents to us are exactly the pictures we do not want to see. The images that disgustingly display our own shadow pages and, in addition, pay homage to their inherent honesty.

In his fundamental cultural radicalism, Haugen Sørensen is almost fundamentalist in his view of the law as the set of basic rules of play which constitute that we can live side by side. He silently acknowledges that man is by nature cruel and that the law is set only to regulate the conception of what is appropriate by the random majority at any given time.

But Jørgen also has the distant relationship with the law. He speaks of the innocent culprits with an understanding of the beast and the beast in us that makes no distinction between justice and justice. Polemically, he has noted about a Greek politician: "You can't blame the fox for stealing chickens".