13 - unlucky, mysterious, mathematically prime, the number of guests at the last supper, lucky, full moon, the first year of teenage bloom or doom. V1 Gallery is turning 13.
On this occasion we have invited 13 artists that we respect and admire and have worked with in the past 13 years to contribute a painting each. 13 paintings from 13 artists that all approach the history and potential of painting from various positions. 13 is a celebration of contemporary painting, a medium that has been developed, challenged, declared dead and resurrected continuously for the past 150 years.
The exhibition is an eclectic mix of painterly styles; Geoff McFetridge’s super flat painting technique and compositional tightrope, Eddie Martinez’ bold and heartfelt development of the CoBrA and abstract expressionist movements, Misaki Kawai’s furious future figuration, Thomas Øvlisen’s genre defying minimal trash abstraction, Sara-Vide Ericson’s suspenseful beyond photo realism and into the real (scary) style, John Copeland’s vibrant and visceral expression balancing between abstraction and figuration. Painting seems to be in good shape in 2015 thanks to the many artists that have continued to take it serious as an artistic option for giving idea form.
As an appendix to one of the paintings in 13; The New Hope (Revisited) by Troels Carlsen, we are pleased to present the exhibition Guilty Pleasure in our downstairs gallery. The exhibition revolves around Carlen’s process in re-engaging the motif from his 2005 painting The New Hope. A kind of study room that contains variations of the motif in etchings, drawings, watercolors and smaller canvases, providing the viewer insight into Carlsen’s reflections, approach and method.