Malin Persson – Under Ytan

from Saturday, September 7th, 2013 to Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Under Ytan
7 September – 19 October 2013

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Across land, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2x 60 x 90 cm

Sundown 2010, oil on linen, 90 x 70 cm,

Light line 2011, 70 x 70 cm, oil and satin on linen,

Neutral colours abstract 2010, 2x 70 x 70 cm, acrylic on linen.

Malin Persson Tysta vatten / Strömmande ljus (silentwater / streaming light) 2013 150 x 200 cm. acrylics on canvas

exihibition view

exihibition view

exihibition view

Across land, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2x 60 x 90 cm

Sundown 2010, oil on linen, 90 x 70 cm,

Light line 2011, 70 x 70 cm, oil and satin on linen,

Neutral colours abstract 2010, 2x 70 x 70 cm, acrylic on linen.

Malin Persson Tysta vatten / Strömmande ljus (silentwater / streaming light) 2013 150 x 200 cm. acrylics on canvas

exihibition view

exihibition view

exihibition view

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Under Ytan

Gerhard Hofland proudly presents the exhibition UNDER YTAN (beneath the surface) of paintings and works on paper by Malin Persson.

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 RietveldAkademie 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.

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