We are pleased to announce the group exhibition Necessity at the gallery. The exhibition presents six artists, Duda Bebek (Sweden), Clara Gesang-Gottowt (Sweden), James Morse (US), Daisy Parris (UK), Mohammed Sami (Iraq) and Alejandro Sintura (Colombia). They all belong to a generation of artists born at the end of the 20th century who explore the possibilities of figurative painting.
The six artists have different backgrounds and work in a wide variety of expressions and techniques. The delicate and contemplative are mixed with the violent and self-disclosure. In the meeting between the extremes, the experience of the personal address and the urgency of
the story is reinforced. The artists have a common denominator in the need to express themselves through painting. It is a language that makes it possible to relate to the outside world and be able to process personal narratives. The process of painting creates the conditions for returning to memories, illuminating the present and relating to both the outer and inner landscape.
Painting as a means of expression is a unique opportunity for the artist to communicate with a viewer through time and space. What the artist says in confidence in front of the canvas or panel is encapsulated and meets the viewer on a direct and personal level. The medium has managed to stay relevant throughout history and still contains seemingly endless possibilities for innovation. In our time, where art as well as social interaction is more often experienced online, the physical experience of painting is an increasing necessity.
Clara Gesang-Gottowt (Sweden, b. 1985) lives and works in Lund. Gesang-Gottowt's paintings contain an intense and concentrated silence, where memories, bodily experiences and psychological moods are stored on the surface of the canvas. She uses prosaic and timeless motifs as a starting point in a nearly abstract painting. Her intuitive painting process is not only a way to remember the past, but also a way to understand and react to the present. The finished works depict, like the memory, a state of appearance or disappearance.
I like how the paintings change in daylight and how different parts and colors appear every time you look at them. I strive for an imagery that is inconstant and invites the gaze to wander around the canvas. It gives the paintings a layer of history and you can espy the process.