Linn Fernström

Luften bakom din rygg / The Air Behind Your Back

Stockholm

August 24–September 23, 2018

Linn Fernström
I Valvet / In the Vault, 2018
Oil on canvas
190 x 241 cm 
75 x 95 inches

Linn Fernström (1974)

Två av samma, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

213h x 183w cm
83.86h x 72.05w in

LF575

Linn Fernström

Gruppen, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

170h x 300w cm
66.93h x 118.11w in

LF569

Linn Fernström

Omhålla i Katedralen, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

213h x 183w cm
83.86h x 72.05w in

LF574

Linn Fernström
Skrattet eller Skriet / The Laugh or The Scream,
2017/2018

Oil on canvas
211h x 300w cm
83.07h x 118.11w inches
LF568

Linn Fernström 

Svärmen, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

155h x 200w cm
61.02h x 78.74w in

LF572

Linn Fernström

Flygförsök, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

155h x 130w cm
61.02h x 51.18w in

LF576

Linn Fernström

Fältet, 2017/2018

Oil on canvas

170h x 300w cm
66.93h x 118.11w in

LF570

Linn Fernström

Gåvan, 2018/2017

Oil on canvas

100h x 140w cm
39.37h x 55.12w in

LF580

Press Release

Linn Fernström: The Air Behind Your Back
Galerie Forsblom Stockholm

August 24–September 23, 2018

Opening in the presence of the artist, August 23 at 5–7 pm

 

Linn Fernström has a distinctive way of painting that is unique and recognizable: her paintings are figurative and with detailed rendering of color. The exhibition at Galerie Forsblom focuses on her powerful paintings in a series of new, large-scale works. The paintings are calmer than her previous works, as the dramatic meets poetry and tranquility. Fernström renders an imaginary world that is depicted with a tangible presence.

 

The ruins in the background of the paintings lend depth to the images and are reminiscent of stage sets or backdrops. They hint at a world in disrepair, the past, or a dream scenario. Spatiality dissolves, while the ruins frame the narrative. Colorful birds and dragonflies vibrate in the air, creating a sense of space in the paintings. Fernström uses a different perspective in which the main characters, occasionally just a torso or head, are on their way in or out of the image, and in which the horizon has shifted or disappeared.

 

Reflections of the artist herself recur in Fernström’s work, as well as insects and animals portrayed with the same gravity as the people. A woman lying on the ground in one painting also appears in another artwork. Is she asleep or is she dead? The landscapes and figures are transferred without explanation, like the logic of a dream. Composition, color and form carry the narrative that eventually conclude with the viewer.

 

Fernström (b. 1974) studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Sweden and Finland throughout her prominent career. She has also participated in group shows in, Switzerland, Italy and China, among other places. Fernström’s work is represented in prestigious collections, including Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, Östergötlands Museum and Bonniers Konsthall in Sweden, as well as in private collections. The Air Behind Your Back is Fernström’s first major exhibition in Sweden since she moved back to Stockholm after being based in New York for many years.