(c)Anders Kjellesvik, Birds (predator), 2019, Acrylic and airbrush on canvas, 180x150cm
(c)Anders Kjellesvik, Sleeping Swans, 2020, Acrylic and gouache on plywood, 122 x 104 cm
“Breaking rules together” will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery to date.
The exhibition has been inspired by the notion of the “emergency room,” a spatial and metaphorical concept that has emerged in light of the global ecological crisis. The term conjures up artistic responses to climate change, which have included speculative futures, apocalyptic dread, or survivalist imaginings, to name a few. “Breaking rules together” captures much of this polyvalent anxiety through paintings that project a feeling of enclosure, islands, or uncanny retreats. Within the image plane, many constructed dualisms blur such as the natural world vs. the contrived, built space of the interior. Instead, the paintings often contain scenes where both exterior and interior meld, creating an artificial mix that tips into the realm of science fiction.