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"Anna Bjerger: Angels In Your Beer"
2004-08-04 until 2004-09-26
Pump House Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Anna Bjerger uses found images to create her strangely familiar work. The exhibition 'Angels In Your Beer' is representative of Bjerger's practice over the past two years, which includes her themed paintings such as the series of works inspired by the Guinness Book of Records, that capture small triumphs in a world of vast indifference.

Sourced from hundreds of found pictures - recognisable images of holiday snaps, people at parties, family groups, proud winners, and of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are transmuted by Bjerger to produce paintings resonant with memories and traces of lives lived; of a moment that mattered to someone. Embracing her medium, she uses the inherent qualities of paint, letting lush colours run and drip with a spontaneity that gives her work a paradoxically strong sense of movement as if she was present at the scene she depicts.

The awkwardly mawkish exhibition title, 'Angels In Your Beer', was also found in an unwanted book in a charity shop. These words could be taken as throwaway and humorous, but they are also despondent and downhearted. With the uncanny ability to amplify the sense of significance that these photographs have, Bjerger produces paintings that manage to contain both joy and celebration alongside dejection and melancholy.

Anna Bjerger is originally from Sweden and is now based in London. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2001 she has exhibited in solo exhibitions at MW Projects (London), Chapter Gallery (Cardiff), and at the Lithuanian Artist Association. Group exhibitions include 'Draw to be Alive', Hales Gallery, London; 'Love', curated by David Risley at 14 Wharf Road, London; and 'Immediate Gesture' at Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York. END

'Angels In Your Beer' is a Chapter touring exhibition.

Anna Bjerger is represented by MW Projects

A 16 page full-colour catalogue, including an essay by Martin Herbert, is available on request.


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