Contemporary Gallery is pleased to present Inaugural Exhibition, a group show featuring works by Mads Lindberg, Karl Patric Näsman, Jon Erik Nyholm, Camilla Reyman and Sif Itona Westerberg. The artists individually deal with the materiality of the medium they work in. Each artist positions their practice within the developments and problems of their medium, responding to conventions and extensions of painting, sculpture, print and mixed media.
Inaugural Exhibition looks at the context of artwork presented within an exhibition space. The exhibition looks self-consciously at the exhibition space as an active entity––its mode of presenting artwork, influencing how artwork is seen and eventually, the way it is made.
Mads Lindberg (DK, 1984) is presenting a series of new digital paintings, which are repurposed from paintings that he collects during his day job of closing down estates. He finds paintings that have been forgotten, photographs them, and then redraws them in photoshop to give them new life. Karl Patric Näsman (SE, 1986) is showing new textural paintings from his splatter painting series which explores the differences in value between the techniques and materials found within craft versus their presentation within contemporary art.
Jon Erik Nyholm (DK, 1982) is showing two new print based works. Using the graphic monotype technique as a foundation in his large-scale prints, Nyholm explores the limits of what can be considered a print. He layers and prints, and reprints, strips of paper that he eventually merges together in various ways. Camilla Reyman (DK, 1981) is exploring material fetish through a series of new paintings as she gives into her guilty pleasure of painting. Sif Itona Westerberg (DK, 1985) is showing a series of works, in which she explores the anthropocene, and how the supposed entering of a man made geological epoch, is affecting the human condition – physically as well psychologically. The work allures the viewer into the complexity of shifting cosmologies and accelerating society.
In the back room, Contemporary Gallery presents the work of Moa Alskog (SE, 1985) and Viktoria Wendel Skousen (DK, 1987). Alskog is showing works from her series of monochrome paintings made from her cut up worn pants, stretched over stretcher bars, as a material commentary on the prevalence of monochromes, exploring conceptual complications in relation to value depiction within the contemporary art’s system of circulation. Skousen is showing a text based work, which displays her collection of plants as she assumes the role of the collector in a new body of work.