Galleri Charlotte Lund is delighted to present our fourth solo exhibition with Denise Grünstein.
Denise Grünstein (b. 1950 in Helsinki) has worked both as an artist and as a professional photographer since the early 1980s, when she took part in important exhibitions such as “Spegling” [Reflexion] at Moderna Museet, and “Bländande Bilder” [Dazzling Images] at Fotografiska Museet, both in Stockholm, but it wasn’t until the end of the 1990s that art-making got the upper hand. Since then Denise Grünstein has had solo shows at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg; Millesgården, Stockholm; and Kiasma, Helsinki; as well as having participated at the Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea.
The present exhibition features two new series of photographs, Wunder/Winter, which she developed alongside each other in the same period. While previously having made series of images at exotic locations and on journeys, this time Denise Grünstein has used her local environment; Wunder was shot in her studio and Winter in her greenhouse. Instead of looking outwards, the artist has turned her gaze inwards and created surreal figures and worlds that depict emotions and moods in a metaphorical way and also play with proportions and scale.
Wunder consists of seven pictures that show a barren space in which a flesh-coloured figure disappears into its own body. Here Denise Grünstein is challenging the representational tradition in photography, making images of what things feel like instead of what they look like, showing what it is like to be human. The body might be carrying a heavy burden, threatening to burst or turning inside out.
In the series Winter she has made miniature worlds with tin soldiers and small human and animal figures in a wasteland. A recurring element in these images is a tattered metal figure, which like Gulliver towers above the other figures, who play with each other and fight each other by turns. Despite the fact that the photographs might look black and white, they are in actual fact made in monochrome, dark colours, intensifying the dreamlike quality of these worlds.
Both series are shot with a large-format camera in daylight.
At present Denise Grünstein also has a solo exhibition at the Mjellby Art Museum, Halmstad, Sweden, and participates in the group exhibition Different Distances, curated by Ulf Greger Nilsson, which was first shown in Paris and Berlin, is now presented at House of Sweden in Washington DC and will open at Aperture, New York, in February 2014.
Next year the artist will have solo shows at Kulturen i Lund, and at the Art Gallery in Kulturens Hus in Luleå, Sweden. Recently she finished a public art commission in Stockholms Sjukhem for the Public Art Agency Sweden. Denise Grünstein’s work is found in several Swedish and international collections, including Moderna Museet, Magasin 3, Elekta and Bonnierföretagen, all in Stockholm; as well as 21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; The Vero Group, Houston, Texas; and the Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo.
During the exhibition period the gallery will arrange an artist talk between Denise Grünstein and an invited guest.