I am pleased to announce that my exhibition Scandinavia: A Celebration of the Nordic Province will be exhibited at the The Willesden Green Library Gallery . I am going to be showing my latest work.
The gallery's press release says:
"The exhibition Scandinavia: A Celebration of the Nordic Province, curated by Alexandra Baraitser, takes a closer look at Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. These sparsely populated nordic lands with dense forests and dark winters add to the region's strong sense of individuality and unique strength of character. The work in this exhibition is suffused with the landscape of the region - as well as with its unusual and iconic design history.
Jan Svenungsson presents 66 drawings of Scandinavia titled Psycho-Mapping Scandinavia - an impressive three metre installation of Scandinavian maps. This is the first artwork you see as you enter the gallery. Psycho-Mapping Scandinavia has been exhibited a number of times in the form of either high quality photocopies of the originals, or digital printouts.
At the centre there is a screening of Kaamos (Katie Goodwin, 2015), a film shot in 16mm in two Finnish locations: the first part whilst Goodwin was artist in residence on the 18th century fortress island of Suomenlinna near Helsinki in the south and the second part when the artist travelled to Northernmost Lapland to dwell in darkness and experience Kaamos (the polar night), where the sun does not rise for two months. Canister A/B/C are a photographic series where Goodwin installed pinhole cameras to record the sun's movements over a period of weeks when on Suomenlinna. This was for Helsinki artist Traja Trygg's solargraphy project. The residency was funded by the Australian Council for the Arts and British Council's International Development Fund.
Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi has installed a collection of small paintings that explore woodcuts by her late mother Seija Guttormsen, also a Scandinavian artist, and carved over thirty years ago. Pajunen-Moghissi employs the technique of collaging and layering multiple fragments and through the process of deconstruction and rearranging, she creates her own images.
Sirpa Pajunen-Moghissi Reasons for a Tree Series, 2016
Alexandra Baraitser's large canvases pay homage to the greatest Scandinavian Design of the twentieth century. Baraitser's most recent works have focused on the lighting designs of Danish designer Poul Henningsen (1894 - 1967 ) who worked with the Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen. They are still popular today and by painting them, Baraitser invites discussion of the relationship between “high art” abstraction and contemporary design.
Alexandra Baraitser, Artichoke Lamp, Oil on Canvas, 63x63cm 2007
This fantastic multimedia exhibition utilises a full range of mediums including film, solargraphs, digital printmaking, installation and painting – giving the show a multi-dimensional interpretation of this fascinating group of countries."
The exhibition at The Library at Willesden Green, London April 2016 will include some of my latest Scandi inspired paintings. More information at www.brent.gov.uk/lwg
Above: "Psycho-Mapping Scandinavia" drawing No.1 by Jan Svenungsson from a series of 66 drawings in black ink on paper, each 42x29,7 cm, 1995. An animation of all 66 images is available at http://www.jansvenungsson.com//images2/vlgifan.html .
Below: A still from the film Kaamos, by Katie Goodwin, 2015