Galleri Brandstrup is proud to announce ”August”. 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. We are delighted to be able to welcome the fall season, with our first show since February, presenting all-female artists, both represented and artworks provided exclusively for "August".
Presented in the exhibition "August" is the wall panel "Sinking Feelings" by New York-based artist Diana Al-Hadid.
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. Al-Hadid’s sculptures, the 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.
The artists started working on "Sinking Feelings" just as new york was shutting down; "I was painting sculpture in my studio a couple of times over... Looking inside the studio seemed like the most appropriate starting point for work at the moment, history (my usual starting point) didn't seem to exist in the moment New York was shutting down. Everything felt imminently catastrophic and I wanted to focus on a place that felt safe but still help answer a lot of questions for me. so my recent panels have been of what's sitting or standing in the studio."
La Sala dei Giganti - The Room of Giants
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.
Amongst three large scale paintings presented by Angelini, is the painting "The room of the Giants". "I painted "The room of the Giants" during the quarantine monthss in my studio inside my house, in San Benedetto del Tronto, a small town by the sea in the centre of Italy. The lockdown period allowed me to focus on my work in a different and new way. The starting point of the painting was to make a sculptural presence through the bidimensionality of painting. The layering of the matter, slow and thoughtful, took so much time and was painted different moments during the day. I could build an image and an almost sacral presence in the painting, thanks to the slowness in the making of the matter." states the Angelini.
"Working with a dilated and different time, where it was possible to feel the silence, granted me an important concentration. The passing of time was scheduled by the overlapping of the strokes and glazing stratification on the canvas. As an iconographic link, I looked at the mid-1500 frescoes of Palazzo Te, designed by Giulio Romano in Mantua."
A Day’s Color and Other Thoughts XVII
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.
Tschäpe’s carefully nuanced drawings include imageries evocative of the natural world, suggesting growth, transition, and metamorphosis. Her continuing fascination with water and admiration of its endless possibilities of transformation manifests in the exhibition. "A Day’s Color and Other Thoughts XVII" hints towards elements of organic shapes, creating a universe of sublime landscapes that shifts between image, fantasy, and abstraction. With her work, she points more towards a sort of topology, sites of deterritorialization, free spaces with no national or cultural lines of differentiation.
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