Amsterdam Drawing 2013

from Thursday, September 19th, 2013 to Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Amsterdam Drawing 2013
19 – 22 September 2013

NDSM-Werf, Amsterdam-Noord
Booth D 09

Andreas Albrectsen
Micheal Kirkham
Malin Persson
Robert Seidel

 

 

 

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Exhibited Artists

Andreas Albrectsen Nostris 2013 Graphite, colored pencil on paper. 76 x 56 cm framed.

Robert Seidel Juhu 2013 32 x 45 cm. ink and water color on paper

Malin Persson Color Tree 2011 32 x 24 cm. watercolor on paper

Andreas Albrectsen Nostris 2013 Graphite, colored pencil on paper. 76 x 56 cm framed.

Robert Seidel Juhu 2013 32 x 45 cm. ink and water color on paper

Malin Persson Color Tree 2011 32 x 24 cm. watercolor on paper

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Amsterdam Drawing 2013

Robert Seidel downscales the city. Miniatures of streets stretch across the canvas, individual houses stand out, drop into two-dimensionality and gain the appearance of pictograms. What Robert Seidel paints seems to turn prototypical – cola bottles, standing in line before gradients of grey, overemphasise their brand, a fish truck almost seems to turn into a fish itself. He arranges fragments of popular culture and local history, village architecture and the soberness of industrial estates into a novel, reduced order. In late 2011 Seidel began to work with human figures for the first time. He constructs them in the same meticulous manner that he had previously employed for buildings and landscapes. But no matter how flawless the construction turns out to be, the surfaces of the paintings remain imperfect: the paint looks aged, at times even exfoliated; often he will carve wounds into all too even areas. His solemnly composed paintings thus gain an incredible liveliness and a note of ironic zest.
In 2012 Seidel was introduced as one from ten artists “to have an eye on” by the german “ART” magazine, in 2011 he recieved the 6 month scholarship of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and was selected for the 1-year scholarship of the national Stiftung Kunstfond in 2012. 2013 He participates in De Ateliers Stort Track Residency, Amsterdam.

Malin Persson lives and works in Amsterdam and completed her art training at the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, both in Amsterdam.  The artist’s work centres around one key theme: the landscape of her native Sweden.
This landscape appears in various guises in Persson’s work, the best-known of which are her abstract paintings divided into squares. Each square has its own colour and intensity. The works are 1 to 1 references to landscapes, or landscapes as the artist remembers them. The creation process is revealed to us in diptychs that consist of a figurative canvas, a literal representation of a landscape, and an abstraction of it on the accompanying piece, with Persson’s characteristic squares. These works embody the interaction between the abstract and the figurative halves. In other works, Persson combines both figurative and abstract elements in the same painting. Areas of colour create vibrant accents in among restrained winter branches, or an uncompromising white line hovers just below the horizon of a vast flat landscape at twilight. In Persson’s oeuvre, figuration and the traits inherent in abstract painting alternate with a natural ease.
Friedrich, Constable, Mondriaan, Rothko and Newman, all pioneers of the representation of landscape in painting, find echoes in Persson’s work. However, the artist is less concerned with how landscape is traditionally depicted and more with the landscape itself, particularly the Swedish landscape seen through the eyes of Persson herself, which is the subject of these artworks.
Malin Persson was born in 1978 in Sweden. She graduated from the Rietveld Akademie in 2003 followed by the Rijksakademie in 2006. Persson has held exhibitions at numerous galleries including Gallery Hidde van Seggelen in London, Gallery Nils Åberg in Gotenborg, Gallery Marion Scharmann in Cologne and Gallery Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam. In 2007 Persson was the recipient of the Royal Dutch Prize for Painting. Persson’s work is represented in Dutch and foreign collections including those of the Nederlandsche Bank, Jönköping Kommun and Akzo-Nobel.

The work of Michael Kirkham (1971 Blackpool, GB) is noted for depicting solitary figures captured in provocative poses. The scenes are raw, relentless and uncompromising. In Kirkham’s paintings, carnal desire and the indulgence of the flesh is a mechanism that makes viewers feel uncomfortable. Nevertheless, Kirkham’s invariably meticulous and loving execution, his sincerity and all but cynical attitude, compels the viewer to look at his uncompromising scenes.
Michael Kirkham completed his formal training at the Glasgow School of Art and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. After graduating, he lived and worked in Brussels for three years before moving to Berlin in 2002. His work is represented in the collections of Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem. In 2009 Kirkham took part in the exhibition Diana + Actaeon, Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit in Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf. In 2011 his work was included in exhibitions in Sweden and Norway, and he took part in the exhibition Zwei Sammler in the Dreitorhallen in Hamburg in the summer of 2012 his work was to be seen in the exhibition Eros & Thanatos in the Werkschau in Leipzig and in february 2013 he showed at Michael Haas Gallery in Berlin a catalogue was published for this occasion.

Andreas Albrectsen draws; it is his way of meditating on the images he finds and collects. Like a tourist in time he travels around the superficial memory membranes of found photographs; here he visits existing monuments, pose before them, and documents his own presence in relation to them.
Through drawing Albrectsen embarks on a re-exploration of his found images, this gives him the opportunity to liberate an undelivered potential he senses resides in them. This potential is allowed to appear when rearranged on the paper; here he often leaves the small subjects floating freely in an oversized empty space in order to emphasize the understanding of their having been taken out of an existing context. In this way the affiliation of the original image is erased so that the image can be interpreted anew. This interaction between the image and the empty space of the paper form a whole – a new reading of the picture where also the traces from the manual process of the effort of drawing are visible, and should be seen as an important documentation of the physical creation of the work.
A considerable part of Albrectsens drawings is based on low-resolution photographs found on the Internet. These are digital representations in lack of their original analogue state. By interpreting this material into small graphite drawings, layers of representational complexity are meticulously added. For Albrectsen, picking out immaterial imagery from a sharedarchive, linking them together in associative arrangements on paper is an entropic process – a transformation of one material state into another. A new physical presence is obtained with graphite – small fragmented stories unfold.
Andreas Albrectsen (DK) born 1986 is a Copenhagen based artist. He graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 2011 before obtaining a Master’s degree from Malmö Art Academy in June 2013. He has recently participated in group-shows at The Museum of Sketches in Lund, and Malmö Konsthall. This year he was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious Edstranska Foundation in Sweden.

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