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Marina Abramović, Diana Al-Hadid, Paola Angelini, Lotte Konow Lund, Janaina Tschäpe, Ane Djuvan Winnje, Amalie Jakobsen and Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen

August 20 – September 12, 2020

Press Release

Galleri Brandstrup is proud to announce our upcoming exhibition ”August”, which opens on Thursday, August 20 at 6 PM. The exhibition will present works by Marina Abramović, Diana Al-Hadid, Paola Angelini, Lotte Konow Lund, Janaina Tschäpe, Ane Djuvan Vinje, Amalie Jacobsen and Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen. 

Marina Abramović (1946) was born in Belgrade in Serbia, where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts. She currently lives and works in New York City. Abramović is celebrated as a pioneer within the art form performance. She uses her own body as a tool in her performances and is constantly breaking into new grounds both mentally and physically while exploring the limitations of the body, as well as its potential as a medium of spirituality. Her performances are a series of experiments aimed at defining limits, both of her control over her own body, but also of an audience’s relationship with her as a performer. The performances also extend to defining and explore the codes that govern society as a whole, and how we as human beings limit our spiritual nature.

Syrian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid (1981) is renowned for her lofty sculptures, wall pieces and surreal bronzes that appear to be in a state of ruin, a place between creation and destruction. Her practice spans across media and scale and examines the historical frameworks and perspectives that shape our material and cultural assumptions. Al-Hadid’s sculptures, panel works, and works on paper are built up with layers of material and history. Inspired by myriad sources including historical architecture, Hellenistic sculpture, progressing science, myths and works by the old masters, her pieces can look like renderings from a fantasy world. Her rich, formal allusions across cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration, not only from the history of distance civilizations but also from the histories of the materials themselves. Al-Hadid’s work is intricate studies of space and structure in which the viewer is continually reengaging the work through its constant shift and flow of perspectives.

Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen (1971) lives and works in Stavanger, and was educated at Bergen Faculty of Fine Art. She works with drawings on paper, paintings, and monumental wall-based drawings. Andreassen states about her art; "My work revolves around how it feels to be human. Ambivalence interests me; of what is hiding, in myself and in us all". Through her art she investigates themes such as identity, the human body, gender and nature. Fragments of the human body appear unexpectedly across the virtues line of her artwork. Plants, intestines, hair and body openings, neatly woven together, create an expression that both seduces and provokes. Andreassen´s drawings and paintings seamlessly transition between extremes that are beautiful and ugly, bright and dark, masculine and feminine, and are consummated with technical sovereignty as she creates a distinctive expression, for which she has gained recognition through her oeuvre.

Paola Angelini (1983) was born in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, where she still works and lives. Her work is centred around the study of painting by exploring the possibilities of the language within the practice of the media. She gathers inspiration from found and personal images, or historic artworks, where her interest lays on the subject within the image and its composition which becomes both the birth and the core of each of her own works. The compositive structure of her works often begins from the examination of traditional Italian painting, frequently by reviewing specific artists to find her synthesis. In recent years the space where she situated has become of more importance to her work and which shapes and forms her paintings.

Danish artist Amalie Jakobsen (1989) received a BFA from Goldsmiths University of London in 2014. She currently lives and works between Berlin, DE and Mexico City, MX. Most recently Jakobsen was an artist-in-resident at Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, FR. Through her work she investigates the interrelationship of colour, form, shape, and time, to understand how these elements alter human patterns and perception. With her precise, geometrical-shaped sculptures in bright, and often, primary colours, she references the minimalist tradition established by artists such as Richard Serra, Robert Morris and Frank Stella, and investigates how the viewer relates to one’s physicality and one’s surroundings, thereby pushing the dialogue to new dimensions.

Lotte Konow Lund (1967 in Oslo) is a Norwegian painter, drawer and video artist. Lund is educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Her works are included in public collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Bergen Museum and the Norwegian Cultural Council, and have been presented in exhibitions at at Stenersenmuseet, at Kunstnernes Hus, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Drammen Art Museum, Henie Onstad Art Center, Astrup Fearnley Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo. Lotte Konow Lund started and ran gallery G.I from 1997-2007. She is currently a professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Janaina Tschäpe was born in 1973 in Munich, Germany, and was raised in Sao Paolo, Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Hochschule fur Bildende Künste, Hamburg, and her Master in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where she has lived and worked for over twenty years. Tschäpe has become recognized for a multivalent body of work, embracing painting and drawing, film, photography, sculpture and performance. Tschäpe’s carefully nuanced canvases and drawings include imageries evocative of the natural world, suggesting growth, transition, and metamorphosis.