115 21 Stockholm
For Market Art Fair 2022, Wetterling Gallery presents the Swedish artists Dina Isæus-Daggfeldt and Claes Hake.
These two artists from different generations both share an intuitive process and an effort to capture movement with large gestures. Dina Isæus-Daggfeldt presents a new series of paintings, specially executed for the fair. Accompanying the paintings will be sculptural works by Claes Hake. The presentation of their work in dialogue contrasts intense creative energy with carefully executed sculptural forms. In their respective practices, bodily movements are reoccurring themes, which circles from expressive motions to a reflective stillness.
Dina Isæus-Daggfeldt (formerly Dina Isæus-Berlin) is a Swedish abstract painter. Her work asks questions about different types of consciousness, both intellectual but foremost spiritual and intuitive, and how various outcomes can be reached through altered states of mind.
In her 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. She is exploring the act of painting itself, continuously learning and unlearning the movements of the brush. By emptying the predefined conceptions of rational thought, a more truthful expression of the spirit can be brought to life. Coming from the hand of an unoccupied mind, her paintings show the marks of a body in motion. It is a practice in close conversation with Isæus-Daggfeldts metaphysical search for the principles of how to live.
Dina Isæus-Daggfeldt, born 1991, lives and works in Stockholm. She holds a MFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm. Isæus-Berlin has been exhibited at Fullersta Gård, Nicolai Wallner Gallery, Copenhagen, Färgfabriken, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Konstnärshuset, and at Gerichtshöfe, Berlin with Enter Art Foundation. She has been rewarded with grants from both Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and Swedish Arts Grants Committee, among others.
Claes Hake, sculptor, and draftsman is well known for his large-scale sculptures in stone. His monumental arcs, arches and gates can be seen in public spaces in Sweden, throughout Europa and the US.
His work can be divided into three periods corresponding to three different materials: plastic, bronze, and stone. During the 60’s plastic dominated Hake’s practice and he was one of the first artists of his time using this new material. Later on, during the 70’s Hake used clay and bronze to create portraits and figures, which led the viewers thought to Daumier and Rodin. Since the 1980s his focus has been stone: diabase and granite from Bohuslän, Sweden. His large sculptures in stone are powerful, raw, and precise, expressing stillness and a sense of timelessness. The minimalistic sculptures call to mind ancient sacred sites where nature is ever present.
Hake was born in 1945, Gothenburg and studied art at Valand Academy of Art in Gothenburg, Sweden between 1963-68. He has exhibited widely and is one of Sweden’s most well represented artists in the public space. His large-scale sculptures can be seen in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and USA and he is represented in several museum collections among others the Modern Museum in Stockholm. In 2000 Hake received the Pollock-Krasner foundation grant. Hake lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden.