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Tirsdag-fredag 13-18, lørdag 12-15


Army of Bones

Natasha Kissell

27.02.2016 - 02.04.2016
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Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Army of Bones, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Dead in the Water, 2016, 147 x 198 cm, oil on canvas. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: It's Easy To Get Lost At Sea, 2016, 51 x 41 cm, oil on canvas. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: Still Waters, 2016, 122 x 148 cm, oil on canvas. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

Natasha Kissell: You Said That You Would Wait For Me, 2016, oil on canvas. Courtesy: Hans Alf Gallery.

PRESSEMEDDELELSE

Friday February 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., Hans Alf Gallery hosts the opening of Army of Bones which marks Natasha Kissell's fifth solo exhibition and 10 year anniversary with the gallery.

Natasha Kissell’s body of work is a field trip in search of poetry.

Taking imagery from the Kalevala, the Finnish national topic with its lonely forests and waring heroes, her work evokes an immediate sense of longing. The opening line of the Kalevala sets the mood for the paintings:

“I am driven by my longing”.

The German term ‘sehnsucht’ is like the Finnish epic poorly translated in to English but talks about this longing in a sense that marries together the futility of achieving or arriving at the far off country for which one longs, while also yearning for an ideal and alternative reality. This sense of loss of an epic world that no longer exists - and in fact never did but is somehow carried on in folklore - carries through in Kissell’s paintings. These are dark tales of how things came to be. Each painting takes the role of the protagonist leading the way through the dark engulfing forests and foliage, rather like the composer Leevi Madetoja wrote of Sibelius’ symphony called ‘Tapiloa’ (itself inspired by the Kalevala and the forest spirit that lives in it):

“At times we hear the melancholy, repeated call of an elf, at times a lonely wanderer in the woods giving vent to the paint of life.”

The drive and energy of the paintings is in the yearning, a directional pull towards a curious hope and the light of utopia in the form of a modernist construction shining out as a little beacon in the chaos. Ironic little fortresses holding back the storms.

- Peter Harrap, painter

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