In memorium, scanned drawings / digital collage, 2010
I had an uneasy feeling tonight. When I woke up I realized what it was. Today is the fourth anniversary of a friends death. I remember that day vividly.
A real short period after I presented a sacral room at school for open house with a series of drawings, an animated film and an installation. A honeysuckle was planted up on the hill overlooking Uddevalla, and although I haven’t been there since the memorial I imagine it to now have grown and covered the dead tree it was planted beneath.
Life is cruel, and for some it’s to hard to handle.
I’ve taken two days pause from the painting and done other things this weekend. I revamped my website & got the domain to work properly, cleaned the apartment and finalized press texts and documents for the exhibition and my application for Länssalong.
Take a tour through the new fresh website and tell me what you think.
Friday. It’s been a long day. Ended up being almost 12 hours of intensive painting + including a trip to the store to buy some more wood panels. Trying new and more formats to change it up a bit = one way to try to push yourself. I have this idea that all paintings in a serie have to have the same format and should be hanged in clean straight lines.
I have also all day thought about my application for Liljevalchs Vårsalong. I’ve changed it many times, and a few minutes ago was the deadline - no more can be done than crossing your fingers.
Work for solo show in Gothenburg is coming together, so that at least feels positive.
Leiko Ikemura & Odilon Redon
16.10. - 15.11.2014
Galerie Michael Haas presents a juxtaposition of works by Leiko Ikemura and Odilon Redon.
Leiko Ikemura speaks in her paintings, drawings and sculptures in a unique and very characteristic visual language, which is unmistakably connected to her œuvre: She creates worlds that inseparably unite reality and abstraction, landscape, figure and space. In doing so she avoids any clear compositional and content based delineation - colours, motifs and forms merge flowingly into each other. A pulsating visual structure is generated in which an atmosphere resides that appears unfamiliar, yet deeply touches us in a positive way. The uniqueness in Ikemura’s art may also lie in its impact from both Eastern and Western cultures. She grew up in Japan and emigrated to Spain when she was 21 where she studied painting and created sculptures. She then lived for several years in Switzerland and from 1985 in Cologne and Berlin. She has been a professor of painting at the Berlin University for Arts since 1991. Numerous internationally renowned museums have already dedicated exhibitions to her. A comprehensive exhibition in the Museum Sinclair-Haus in Bad Homburg can currently be seen from 14/9 until 16/11/2014.
Odilon Redon (1840-1916), a main exponent of French Symbolism, left behind extremely multifaceted work characterised by contradictions and contrasts. At times the motifs of oil paintings, pastels works, charcoal drawings or lithographs are mysterious and bleak - especially in the early years - and at other times bright and steeped in brilliant colours. They recall dreams, emanating from the imaginary, or nature. Redon found inspiration in art history, music and literature, as well as religion and Western and Eastern philosophy.
Redon was a painter who stood on the threshold between the 19th and 20th century and playfully carried out the alternation between tradition and innovation in his art. His occasional avant garde tendencies made him one of the most important forerunners of modern art.
For the first time the Ikemura’s works will be contrasted with those of the Frenchman. For this occasion Ikemura has selected new, specially created paintings and sculptures, as well as earlier works. Stylistically, but also in terms of their expressive power, one can, at times, discover a striking relationship with Redon’s powdery, late pastel works.
text: Janna Oltmanns
The first physical artworks from Leiko I saw in Sweden, when she arrived in Jönköping and mounted her two salt bearers in bronze on a small plinth in the rooms of the Match Museum, for our class exhibition If it fits. Yesterday was the second time I saw her work presented in a gallery, juxtapositioned with the works of Odilon Redon. To see the paintings upfront, to be able to see how she works with the materials and how she build her images was pure joy. With flowy oil and tempera on raw jute she creates beautiful images. The favorites are the colorful sort of blurry portraits.
If you have time, visit the exhibition.