Lazarides Rathbone is pleased to present Macrocosm, a solo exhibition from the Icelandic conceptual artist and abstract painter Katrin Fridriks. The exhibition will display a brand new body of work alongside the 2014 installation Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome – Gene&Ethics Master Prism.
In her newest works, Katrin Fridriks develops a method that involves a precise, single splash that is both bodily and conceptual in action. Contrastingly, in the installation, the canvas is worked on laboriously, with the artist applying layers of black and white paint that transform into what appears to be an explosion. The role of the magnifying glass in the installation is to enhance the intensity of the experience of being overwhelmed by the artwork, evoking a phenomenon that is called ‘beauty nausea.’ The two dichotomies contained within the gallery space represent the elusive philosophical idea of macrocosm with one canvas being a micro particle of the other. The micro-levels enabled by a magnifying glass give way to explore what seems to be an organic materiality of works.
‘Macrocosm’, originating from Ancient Greek philosophy, refers to everything that exists, an infinite, complex structure that can be regarded as a universe, or the cosmos. The microcosm, however, is just a small representative part of it. Since the time of Plato, human imagination has been drawn to an idea of an analogy between the macro and the microcosm. Thus ‘as above, so below’ was a leading motto in the doctrine of ‘correspondences’ between the two dimensions.
The painting method mastered by Katrin Fridriks has the potential to trigger nature-like processes that give her canvases a unique, almost fractal-like depth. Fridriks’ paintings unfold in front of our eyes to reveal new perspectives the closer we look. The spatial arrangement of this show invites viewers to participate, to adopt various viewpoints, and to realize micro and macro perspectives through the magnifying glass.
A book signing with the artist will be held at the gallery during the opening. Katrin Fridriks will sign copies of her first monograph that was published by Skira. The installation ‘Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome - Gene&Ethics Master Prism’, which will be exhibited at Lazarides Rathbone, appears on the cover of this long awaited publication.