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"What Goes Around Comes Around: Cecilia Westerberg"
2006-04-20 until 2006-05-27
Bendixen Contemporary Art
bendixen contemporary art is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Danish artist Cecilia Westerberg. Featuring an animated film installation, paintings and works on paper the exhibition will highlight the various media Westerberg works within and the themes that run throughout. The contemplative installation “Skoven” consists in a cave-like structure with a narrow entrance wherein only a few visitors at a time can experience the 9 minute long animated film in an artificial forest with a landscape of solid glass illuminated “mushrooms”, which become reminiscent of small ghosts or dream-like visions of jellyfish.
The film is seen as if one was lying on the ground, looking up into the sky, and as the film brings the viewer through the day, the cheery sound of signing birds turns to a silent forest night. As the darkness grows, the abstract yet natural sounds become almost frightening, thus it is the sound combined with the lights, colors and crawling pace that allows the story to unfold and allows the viewer to enter a space for new meanings and states of mind. Moreover, Westerberg is interested not only in the psychological aspect of the work, but also the physical factor, and therefore the staging of the work allows for different angles and positions in viewing that each yield new experiences of the work.
The paintings and works on paper bring the themes found within the animated film full circle, as a figure within each work experiences or enacts what has taken place in the forest while the landscape becomes a reflection of the figure’s state of mind. Pictorial depth and physical proportion are critical elements in the paintings, as Westerberg creates a space for reflection and engagement. Westerberg’s work has also been recently shown at Aura Konstförening in Lund, Sweden, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and alongside Peter Callesen and AK Dolven in last year’s exhibition “Telltail” at the Ewha University Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. Cecilia Westerberg’s project “What Goes Around Comes Around” is sponsored by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Visual Arts.
Cecilia Westerberg has chosen three guests – Anna Fro Vodder, Carina Zunino, and Marika Seidler – to exhibit their work in the second room of the gallery. Anna Fro Vodder will present oil and mixed media works on canvas that create ambiguous and melancholic, yet playful, landscapes out of both figurative and abstract elements and her unique use of color, thus engaging painting in a play between the real and the metaphysical world. Vodder’s work was recently shown at Horsens Kunstmuseum, where she received the Horsens Kunstmuseums Venners Kunstnerpris. Carina Zunino will be presenting multi-media work from two different series, both exploring the nature of perception and our subjective experiences of specific places in the natural world. For example, in “Colored Water Falling” (2005) Zunino allows us the option of a variety of colored glasses through which to see a photogravure image of the famed Niagara Falls, therein altering our understanding and transforming a concrete place into an astonishing realm. Carina Zunino is a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Art and has, among other places, exhibited her work at Roskilde’s Museet for Samtidskunst and Gammel Strand. Finally, in the work of Marika Seidler one finds an entirely different approach to the natural world. Rich in a kind of curious lore, Seidler’s drawings feature different animals and landscape scenes, with a faint figure that seems to be almost disappearing within the trees or gatherings of birds. Marika Seidler has just returned to Denmark after a year as The Danish Arts Agency’s Artist-in-Residence in Los Angeles.
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