Winter is here and Christmas is around the corner! As a finale of the exhibition year 2021, Wetterling Gallery presents a curated group exhibition featuring works by a selection of our represented artists; Dina Isæus-Berlin, Anna Pajak, Love Lundell, Ylva Ceder and Nathalia Edenmont. The exhibition features new artworks as well as several works not previously shown at the gallery, representing on-going projects and practices. In our showroom a presentation of Julian Opie’s Street from 2020 will be on view.
We are proloning our ongoing exhibition, WINTER SHOW, until February 4!
Love Lundell’s collaged paintings unfold in their own world. Dreamlike, mystical, and surreal, yet also anchored in the everyday, his evocative scenes draw the viewer in and holds them back simultaneously. Employing a collage technique, Lundell paints his intriguing wonderlands by sampling images from various sources and recontextualizing them to suggest a hallucinatory inner reality. He draws on his childhood memories, dreams, books, and popular culture for inspiration.
In Anna Pajak’s oil paintings the motives appear as visual enigmas. Her careful selection of colors and precise compositions are executed in a harmony derived from sacred geometry. With an intuitive process the work develops organically, every new element is a proposition that determines the final result. She connects and infuse natural and abstracted forms with evocative visual and spiritual qualities. Investigating what can be seen as feminine in painting, Pajak draws inspiration from modernist masters such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Hilma af Klint.
Nature is a starting point for Edenmont, both as inspiration and a source for working materials. Butterflies, insects and cut flowers play key roles in her seductively beautiful pictures. Appearance is a collage of meticulously glued butterfly wings that Edenmont has immortalized with an analogue large-format camera and then enlarged. By mirroring this photo in two identical copies facing each other, Edenmont creates references to the butterfly's anatomy - a new abstract creature has emerged.
In the series Ängder, painter Ylva Ceder has chosen a new experimental way to work. The qualities of the birch wood she paints on has been the starting point for an intuitive process. She has replaced the brush with a gas torch burner, creating landscape with fire itself. In Ängder the viewer is transferred to a landscape where the heat is rising from the ground and the smell of charred trees is palpable. The brutal force of the fire has passed and it’s calm and still. The earth is preparing to give new life.
For Dina Isæus-Berlin, the moment of creation is crucial. She is investigating the act of painting itself – an act coming from a hand of an unoccupied mind, free from the predefined conceptions of rational thought. In her abstract compositions, the large gesture of the brushstroke appears as a figure often superimposed onto detailed, patterned grounds. The stricter fields, made in a different pace and state than the fast gestures, is juxtaposed against the flowing movements to either challenge, highlight or support them. The combination of intuitive and planned layers is a vibrant rhythm visible in the final painting, where each individual gesture works as a proposition she repeatedly responds to.