Lambasted in his day by Copenhagen’s satirical journal Corsaren and earning the nickname ‘Søren Sock’ due to his always stumpy trouser legs, Danish philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard cut a comical figure. But he was also a passionate genius, hailed by posterity as one of Europe’s great thinkers and an inspiration to Jean-Paul Sartre and the French Existentialists.
A personal quest through self-reflection to find God in an otherwise absurd and desperate world – that’s what underpins human existence, according to Danish philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855). A worldview, Lutheran in outlook, which would later influence philosophers such as Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre, although with French Existentialism the spiritual dimension was left out of the equation. But Kierkegaard’s passion was also his personal cross to bear. For he was an extremely complex person with a vulnerable soul yet also a feisty sense of irony with which he would lampoon inflated authorities, not least the established church. Here, 200 years after his death, Kierkegaardian philosophy still inspires contemporary thinkers and artists.
In the beginning of 2013, Arnt Uhre created drawings inspired by Kierkegaard. He found a kindred spirit in Jørgen Strunge who started to process the drawings by coloring and combining them with photos. The idea of a series of Kierkegaard inspired images was born and was soon to be joined by many more compositions. After two-three months the number had reached over 200 drawings and more than 50 compositions.
Some of the drawings were combined with sentences by Søren Kierkegaard and have presently been turned into 12 aesthetic posters. See more and order the posters at www.sk-tegn.dk
Arnt Uhre – painter, graphic designer and sculptor.
Jørgen Strunge – book editor, illustrator and graphic designer.