We are pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the artist Lynnea Holland Weiss (1990, USA) at the gallery.
Weiss works in acrylics and draws her inspiration from people and situations in her daily life and her frequent travels.
The human scenes she depicts are complex and emotionally charged, having been removed from their initial narrative to focus more closely on the body language. In the series of paintings, Flood Love, the focus is on relationships and interactions between characters whose movements and bodies seem to break down into their exchange, thus making the limits that separate or connect them more ambiguous. Unexpected colors dividing up the bodies and highly graphical motifs surrounding them make the inner experience tangible and flood the composition with these intensified sensations.
« Color plays such important role in painting for me. I find the ability to experiment, push, pull and heighten emotions with the complexity of color and textures endlessly exciting. »
Like the title of the exhibition, the figures seem to overflow with sensations, color and light continuously, and, from this overflowing, make contact between themselves and with the viewer.
Before giving all of her focus to painting, Weiss dedicated much of her youth to dance. In her work, we feel this concern for body language and a particular aptitude for observing movement and shapes, which lends its figurative compositions the force of the present and the ability to bring the past and the future together in a single moment.
« My process is very intuitive and reactionary. I never go into a painting with too much of a plan. Instead I let it develop in a chain reaction, much like a dance, moment by moment. »
This present is also in the choice of figures and situations, a reflection of the world in which Weiss moves, which she reproduces in this intense surge that she calls flood love.
« I’m interested in flood as a verb, as an all-encompassing thing that fills you up suddenly and that you don’t get to keep out of certain parts. It gets everywhere and you leak. »