The must-see group exhibition “New Painting from Finland and Sweden” curated by Stephen Parise will close at JAUS with a reception this Sunday, September 7th, 5-7pm.
The organizers of this impressive exhibition have not attempted a comprehensive survey of contemporary Nordic art, as this would surely be madness. Nevertheless, their organic curatorial process and obvious familiarity with the cultural sensibilities at issue have yielded an exhibition with a singular conceptual and stylistic framework. Viewers come away with a legitimate insight into this new generation of serious painting talent.
Between and among the artists represented, each articulates and executes a powerful variation along the abstraction/narration continuum, with strong overtones of psychological space, emotional gesturalism, and painterly surface treatment. An array of subject matter operates in a familiar art-historical language — architecture, portraiture, landscape, still life object. A plurality of relationships to color, line, and symbolism offer an eclectic yet coherent visual sampler which each artist in turn defines through both formal and psychological means. Dark wit, pensive titling, and a comfort with discomfort speak to ideas about the Nordic aesthetic familiar mainly perhaps to fans of Bergmann films. As these artists share a lighthearted approach to life’s many shadows, they dip in and out of the personal, literary, and universal in a most compelling manner that despite their differences, results in a spectacular whole.
Featuring work by Sini Anttila-Rodriguez (Fin), Emanuel Bernstone (Swe), Eeva-Riitta Eerola (Fin), Ville Laaksonen (Fin), Marjolaine Lombard (Swe), Ivar Lövheim (Swe), Petra Tiisala (Fin), Stephen Parise (Swe/US), Mia Saharla (Fin), Jouni Toni (Fin).