Galleri Thomassen is pleased to present FLAT AND SPATIAL, an exhibition featuring works by Gabriele Basch, Marie Dahlstrand, Martin Formgren, Olof Inger, Anders Johansson, Ivar Lövheim, Elin Odentia, Linnea Rygaard and Sara Wallgren.
FLAT AND SPATIAL brings together a group of artists whose work examines different modes of abstraction as a means to give visual form to personal experience while also investigating its ability to act as a catalyst for reflection, confrontation, and possibly, a greater understanding of the everyday.
The vibrational, phenomenological, and emotional shimmer of the world is at the center of Gabriele Baschs, Olof Ingers, Ivar Lövheims and Anders Johanssons work. Lövheims painting Yoga position I consists of a sequence of repeated lines of yellow that shine, buzz, and hum, disrupted by purples that fade to white and a band of blues and greens. It is a record of repeated motion, connecting time to space.
The autonomy of the picture is a central part of Martin Formgren’s work. Formgren’s imagery consists of painterly abstraction, photo-based digital pictures, and chemical processes blurring the
delineations between representation and abstraction.
Linnea Rygaards, Marie Dahlstrands and Elin Odentias works reminds us that a painted abstract image is a new fact, something that did not exist in the world until it was made. The possibilities of a kind of transformation of the two-dimensional surface into a three dimensional body is also investigated in Sara Wallgren piece Becoming, based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus.
Together this group of artists works brings forward that definitions such as abstraction and representation shouldn´t be accepted at face value, and that the works ultimately needs to be seen and discussed on their own terms.
The exhibition is curated by artist Bea Marklund.