The Gallery, Studio Building
21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ, UK
Monday 6 February – Friday 23 March 2012, 2 – 5pm
An exhibition by Beckers Art Award winner, Maria Nordin, is to launch a new Central London gallery space for both established and graduate artists.
The first of a series of shows due to take place at the Gallery throughout the year, Nordin’s Pink Noise is an exhibition of seven paintings and animations, which examine the revealing, and sometimes, psychologically charged nature of skin. By the raw expression and choice of format, the pictures are far removed from traditional portraits with the images forcing the audience to closely examine the skin beyond the face, drawing out the stories behind the blemishes and stains.
Nordin’s work is a constant ongoing process where the body is the starting point. Theory, ideas and painting, with art historic references work together in a non-hierarchical process. The ambivalence between the intrusive, unpleasant and the tender are returned in Nordin’s animations, for example In Your Hands. It is based on a staging of Vito Acconci’s work Pryings, where a pair of hands is trying to get another person’s eyes to open. Here, frame by frame is painted and assembled into a loop.
Born in 1980, Maria Nordin is a Stockholm based artist who graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in 2010 and has subsequently exhibited her works in both Sweden and abroad, most recently at the Frieze Art Fair in London. She was awarded the Beckers Art Award in 2011.
(Photo: Clive Loveless, Primal Art, London, UK)