The paintings of Karin Mamma Andersson are set in dream-like interiors or brooding landscapes. They evoke her native northern Swedish countryside, where the sun never sets in midsummer nor rises in midwinter. Siobhan Hapaska's sculptures incorporate extraordinary objects from palm trees to buffalo skulls, goat skins to old socks.
The paintings of Karin Mamma Andersson are set in dream-like interiors or brooding landscapes. They evoke her native northern Swedish countryside, where the sun never sets in midsummer nor rises in midwinter. Andersson is a leading contributor to the resurgence in painting as a contemporary art form. Thought of as a 'painter’s painter’, she has a sensuous approach to colour, surface and style. Some areas of the canvas are left blank, giving her work a mysterious quality.
"Beauty and darkness, realism and absurdity are reconciled in her compositions." Ann-Sofi Noring, Curator
Andersson refers to Swedish painters such as Ernst Josephson and Dick Bengtsson and like Peter Doig and Laura Owens displays different painting techniques. New works hang alongside her most significant paintings in Andersson's first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.
Visit the Bookshop for a fully illustrated catalogue which includes essays by Kim Levin and Midori Matsui and a conversation between Andersson and the author and playwright Lars Noren.
Siobhán Hapaska's first solo exhibition in the UK since her acclaimed show at the ICA in 1995 will take place in Gallery 3. Her sculptures incorporate extraordinary objects from palm trees to buffalo skulls, goat skins to old socks. They create metaphors reflecting on the fundamentals of life, unearthing the unsaid and the troubling.
Hapaska's sculptures of the mid 1990s had highly finished metallic fibreglass surfaces. Her new works reflect on how things have changed since. Their scale is larger than human. Themes of fertility and potential abound in 'Dry Spring' which uses copper pipe and flowers.
Politics, technology, speed, travel and nature are all made reference to, but ultimately you are encouraged to open your minds to the space her sculptures leave for imaginations to take hold. A specially-commissioned outdoor sculpture will be installed in October.
Image: Mamma Anderson
Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road - London