Works on Paper: Patrik Gustavsson, Elina Merenmies, Tommy Støckel, Astrid Svangren, Tomoko Takahashi

2007, November 29 - January 19

Galleri Charlotte Lund has the pleasure of presenting a group exhibition with work of Patrik Gustavsson, Elina Merenmies, Tommy Støckel, Astrid Svangren and Tomoko Takahashi.

The exhibition features drawings, water colours, collages and sculptures made of paper and cardboard.

Patrik Gustavsson, born 1969 in Eskilstuna and educated at the Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå University, lives and works in Stockholm. Gustavsson is mainly known for his seemingly playful but equally serious wood sculptures of small figures. In the exhibition, the artist presents a group of new, larger drawings carefully done in comic strip style, which also balance jest and seriousness.

Elina Merenmies, born 1967 in Espoo and educated at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, is a painter and drawer. Merenmies work is figurative, a mixture of inner vision and multithreaded stories, occupying the broad terrain between personal expression and detailed precision. The personal portrait is an important part of Merenmies’ art and three such portraits are featured in the exhibition, among them a self portrait.

Tommy Støckel, born 1972 in Copenhagen and educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, lives and works in Berlin. His collages and sculptures of cardboard portray a fictitious world, a sort of future vision with classic architectural elements. The artist had a solo exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein one year ago.

Astrid Svangren, born 1972 in Gothenburg and educated at the Malmö Art Academy, lives and works in Copenhagen. Svangren previously had an acclaimed solo exhibition at the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn. The artist paints and draws a make believe world that turns your thoughts to fairytales and surrealism. Her work is both abstract and figurative, often portraying young women and female attributes. Svangren is interested in the different ways of using paper and plexiglass. The exhibition features a new large-format work where the artist has pleated paper like a pleated skirt.

Tomoko Takahashi, born 1966 in Tokyo, educated at Goldsmiths College, London, was shortlisted for the Turner prize in 2000. Takahashi is known for her site-specific installation art, where she uses old and new objects to create complex, unexpected and beautiful arrangements. In 2001, she created the installation “WET PAINT” (for Rupert Carey) at the gallery. In conjunction with her installation, she often creates collages. “Bucket Test Prints", which is featured in the exhibition is from 1996 and comes from the installation “Sea Dirge”, which was shown at the Slade School of Fine Art in London the same year.

Press photographs are available. The opening of the exhibition is Thursday, November 29, 2007 from 17:00 to 20:00.

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