John Kørner (b. 1966) is a visual artist who takes being a contemporary artist literally. In his paintings Kørner thus embraces current concerns such as sex trafficking (Women for Sale, 2011) and war (War Problems, 2008). Most often, the examined topics open questions about our way of life and living conditions, be it societal groupings, youth and drinking culture or the Western world's means of production – the factory and the family as (re)production units.
“Problems” is a recurring theme in Kørner’s work. This might seem a vague formulation, since the term “problem” covers a range from contentious issues to a concept’s or a simple object’s existence in the world. At the same time, the problem itself becomes art's raison d'être. The role of art is to ask questions, and consequently the work's function is to raise problems, making the artist a kind of problematiser.
John Kørner works in various media, including painting, graphics, sculpture and installation. He has undertaken several decorating commissions, including the mural Afghanistan for Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg. Nationally, Kørner’s works are found at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, ARoS, the Aarhus Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. In addition, his works are represented in international collections including the Rubell Family Collection in Miami and the Tate Gallery and Saatchi Collection in London.