Amsterdam.- Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to announce "Every Time I Close My Eyes", Swedish painter Anna Bjerger's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Bjerger’s images — varied scenes executed in loose, vivid gestures — pose puzzles for the viewer. Painted from photographs rather than from life, their subjects are derived from out-of-date reference books, instruction manuals, gardening books and magazines, possessing little overtly in common with one another. Their feeling is both familiar and anonymous, intimate yet curiously disconnected. Unmoored from their original contexts and unsettling each other’s narratives, the images’ meanings become slippery and ambiguous. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" is on view at the gallery from September 10th through October 15th, 2011.
Bjerger’s pictures call attention to the physicality of their medium. Paint is applied wet on wet in broad brushstrokes, building to areas of thick impasto, to drips that slide down unchecked and to painterly surfaces detached from their images’ contents. The speed with which the works have been painted seem to strive after the instantaneous quality of photography yet all the while assert the transformative nature of painting. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" represents an entirely new body of work. Its motifs are those that have appeared in painting through the ages — still lifes, landscapes, portraits and nudes — and recall the works of particular artists. A full length depiction of a contemporarily dressed woman whose skirt is made out of swirls of blue paint summons the decorative portraits of Gustav Klimt, for instance, whilst the girl in Edvard Munch’s "Puberty" is recast as a tan-marked woman bearing a blithe expression on her face. Bjerger has described the subject of her paintings as the ‘tool’ with which to engage with the works, selecting images that exude ‘a boundless quality as well as compositional strength.’ Similarly, the size of her pictures (several in this exhibition are far larger than ever before) impact on the reading of them: they demand to be looked at both from afar and up close, and from different positions within the space, inviting a physical involvement from the viewer as the exhibition is experienced as a whole.
Through all of the means available to painting — the handling of medium, composition and scale — Bjerger personalises her imagery, compounding familiarity with further familiarity until it becomes strange. Anna Bjerger was born in 1973 in Skallsjo, Sweden. Her work is currently on display at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, she will exhibit at the Earlsfort Terrace in the Dublin Contemporary 2011 in September, and she also took part in Vad vi är (a duo exhibition with Jenny Källman) at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico. Bjerger studied fine art at St. Martins and painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include A Perfect Throw, Paradise Row, London (2010), Strange Talents, ALP/Peter Bergman, Stockholm (2010), Invisibles, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam (2009) and The Snail’s Trail, David Risely Gallery, London (2008). Bjerger's work is included in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Glaspaleis Heerlen, Gävle Landsting, Sweden, Larsen Collection, Stockholm, Zabludowicz Collection, London, alongside many private collections.
With a sharp eye for engaging artists, gallerist Gabriel Rolt has created a haven for contemporary art. A great place for insight into the Dutch scene, the gallery also shows international artists like Noa Giniger and Douglas White. Their group shows are consistently well curated and their openings, always a place to see-and-be-seen. Galerie Gabriel Rolt was Established by Gabriel Rolt in September 2006 and is located in the Jordan River, the main gallery district in the city center of Amsterdam. The main goal of Galerie Gabriel Rolt is to support the future of its artists. Since its foundation, The Gallery Has Been showing a program of international emerging and mid-career artists working across media Various Artists Such As painting, works on paper, video, performance art, and photography. The gallery emphasizes close cooperation with on a national and international museums, Institutions, art collectors and galleries. Galerie Gabriel Rolt HAS participated in national and international art fairs Such Art Rotterdam, Arco Madrid, Nada Miami, The Armory, Art Brussels and Art Forum Berlin / Focus. Artists represented by the gallery include; Marijn Akkermans, James Aldridge, Anna Bjerger, Adam Bromberg & Oliver Chanarin, Jodie Carey, Nik Christensen, Shezad Dawood, Noa Giniger, Paul Haworth, Aisling Hedgecock, Thomas Leroy, Ryan McGinley, Dawn Mellor, Eva Rader, Gino Saccone, Anoek Steketee, Douglas White and Masao Yamamoto.
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