Isn’t painting the art form with the least rules or restrictions remaining? One can choose to paint pictures of the real or the imaginary, to paint abstract shapes or not even shapes, to paint those for their own sake or merely as a means to explore process or materiality, relationship or meaning, or simply paint itself. Or not even paint, but instead use the entire gravitational mass of everything said and done within painting as a counterweight of reference - to pull something out of or bounce against, and thus try to contribute to the discourse. One can paint dead-serious, whimsical, cynical or with compassion, and achieve equally grand or unsuccessful positions. One can give up on painting since everything is already done, or throw oneself fully into it, since the sea of possibilities is vaster in painting than anywhere else.
Composing Reality places four very different but equally confident painters in a room of opportunity and risk, balancing and bouncing off each other, and offering you as a visitor the chance to compare and consider, either by looking straight at their paintings, or at how they reflect in the painterly style of the others. All four stem from Sweden or have been heavily invested in that country, but have gathered their educations and inspirations from all over the art world. With Erla S. Haraldsdóttir, Emil Holmer, Maria Högbacke and Pontus Raud.
Opening Reception Friday 23rd November at 6-10pm