“Synesthesia” by Tove Hellerud
Basak Malone LLC is pleased to present Tove Hellerud.
“Art is a portal leading into the oblivious”, the Norwegian abstract expressionist Hellerud once said. And it is true. Hellerud explains her work as whispers, whispers that make the viewers listen. Even though the colours and techniques used by Hellerud are very interesting and perfectly applied, one of the most important part of her work is storytelling.
Every painting plays a part, as paragraphs, in a larger story, told as a continuous stream of paintings. The story, in her abstract work, is not only her story, but also our story. Hellerud’s mission in this part of the process is to get us to remember our own stories. She makes it possible for us to relate to her work. Hellerud is trained to paint figurative, but the abstract expression is suitable to convey what she wants. The form, colour and composition along with a combination of different techniques make a fascinating dynamic expression. With a background in fabric and sculpture, stretching of the materials boundaries is an important element. She plays with the two dimensional shape of the painting and gives it a sense of space that you enter. This is the place were the silent material tells stories. Her background with fabric is seen in the multitude of different textures Every single image has it’s own journey, with emotion and precision. Creation and destruction is seen continuously as she creates new layers and cover up the joy, and the struggle pulls in to the observers body. The time taken to complete the paintings is clearly seen in this layering, sometimes in the thickness and structure of the paint. Time is also a great importance for Hellerud. For her time increase the quality and value of the work ,and give it quality. “My work belong to the abstract painting, with a multitude of possible variations, lyrical, geometrical, spontaneous, bimorf, thick layers or minimalistic”, Hellerud once said. The multitude of possible variations the paintings often increases with the viewers whose stories they tell. She works her way into the painting, and strive to give and imprint to the invisible. The word Synesthesia means “joined sensation” ,and it refers to an involuntary physical experience .It s about perception ,color , movement, shape, lines and lead us to impression ,and where art comes from, and how to discover it.
The opening reception will take place on 22nd March, between 6-8 pm. The Exhibition will be on the view through May 25, 2012
A Group Project Curated by Basak Malone
October 16-30, 2010 @ 255 West 86th Street, NYC
Gelabert Studios Gallery is pleased to announce the up-coming group exhibition “Subtle Arrangements” Curated by Basak Malone to take place between October 16-30, 2010.
We will see nine diverse artists arrangements subtly made behind the closed doors of their studios in this exhibition as well as of course their arrangements made together: Carlos Aquilino, Aase-Hilde Brekke, Anthony Coffey, Tove Hellerud, Catherine Lan, Gunilla Oldenburg, Kristian Rangel, Trey Reed and Matthew Lauretti.
The works span a dynamic assortment of stylistic and thematic conclusions and/or questions that are linked by their reflective nature.
Carlos Aquilino’s drawings are made on ultimate paper with a marker or additional colored markers. Specially the black/ white drawings are so delicate and lace-like while they fill the paper with an infinitely opening, expanding and revealing story, happening and quality, time and again with each one.
Aase-Hilde Brekke is a multi-media artist versed in performance, installation art, objects, collage, photography and film. Brekke’s photography works that will be shown, deal with elevated states of human and ecologic phenomenon, such as ritual of Tibetan monks and dances in highly ritualized festivals.
Anthony Coffey has recently been making images on New York City Subway Maps through pigment transfer. The artist’s subject matters are visions of New Worlds as well as old school depictions of cars, human figures, buildings and sunflowers.
Tove Hellerud’ s painting develops from an exploration of mark making. The artist works intuitively, without any imagery in mind, to develop a composition. Disassociated from any corresponding sensation, experience or thing, Hellerud’s metaphoric abstractions glisten over whatever surface they happen to occupy.
Catherine Lan uses fashion elements to create fairy-tale based work that literally burst from the canvas in a splash of eye poping colors and playful textures that belies mature, poingnant explorations of female identity. Materials such as fabric, rhinestone, faux fur, fake pearl, glitter are combined with acrylic or spray paint to make paintings that deconstruct architypal characters such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Snow White” and “Elf or Teddy Bear.”
Kristian Rangel works almost like an architect. Certainly he has the know-how on structure. He applies this with the gentle loving-kindness of his hand holding the pencil and creates other worlds. Worlds stretching into infinite labyrinths. The artist will be showing his recent Scratchboards which is a technique where drawings are created using sharp knives and tools foretching into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with black India Ink.
Trey Reed creates contemporary abstract paintings in which the artist explores his interest in the passage of time, and the resultant inevitable changes of that passing. Reed’s process creates the time-weathered look that embodies the essence of change.
Gunilla Oldenburg’s main inspiration has long been Nature. Oldenburg’s style is an interesting combination of west and east, a mixture of poetic compositions, rhythm and texture. In the artist’s 3-dimensional paintings she experiments with different materials, such as dried sea-algae from the Swedish west coast.
Matthew Lauretti who was recently on display in SoHo once again shows his large-scale,calligraphic-style graffiti paintings about New York. His works on industrial fabric juxtaposes materials to reveal tensions—between the natural and the man-made, the city and suburbia, class and culture—creating a record of our desires, obsessions, and excesses.
Basak Malone presents Matthew Lauretti
August 3-28, 2010 at WN Gallery , NYC
“Lauretti’s work juxtaposes materials to reveal tensions—between the natural and the man-made, the city and suburbia, class and culture—creating a record of our desires, obsessions, and excesses. Twentieth-century art movements such as Assemblage, Surrealism, and Arte Povera are revisited and updated by the artist highlighting his capacity to express humor, poetry, and greatness through humble means. His approach illustrates the characteristic strengths—and, at times, the principal weakness—of arts traditions.
In his work, Lauretti does something riskier and more paradoxical, entering the spirit of perception as if to know it from the inside. He retains something youthful yet knowing. Crucially it is this swirling inner contradiction that visually shows how successful his work is at dealing with the human condition. Contradiction is Lauretti’s way of showing the unavailability of certainty about anything, specifically the human relationships. The result is an art stripped bare, and with an overture so bold and rich, it is hard not to be lured in.”
“The Passages in Between”, November 2009, NYC
“Politic, Practices and Emotions”, October 2009, NYC
“Translucent Threads”, May 2008
“Derived, Borrowed and Stolen”, October 2009, NYC
“Hotel”, November 2007
“Lure” Group show, June 2007
Kai Lintumaa “Monologues”, October 2006
Trey Reed “Disposable Life”, December 2006