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Jenny Carlsson: Som spön

Galerie Forsblom, May 5 – August 12, 2017

Opening with the artist in attendance on May 4 between 5 pm – 7 pm


Jenny Carlsson’s paintings move in an underwood. They describe a dense vegetation where rapid and fiery – but meticulously placed – brushstrokes form twigs, tufts and thickets. With intuition and composition she uses a swarm of picturesque events to construct a dissolved order.  Balance and rhythm there encounter contrarieties and crosscurrents.


The paintings’ sprawling lines of colour form glimmering veins barely perceptible in the earthy darkness. We find ourselves close to the ground, close to the roots. The signs of nature are strongly imprinted in the paintings. As an experience. The thick saturated colours drip of cool dampness but also of steamy fertile soil.


The paintings are earthy but at once heavenly. They appear as cut-outs from a larger terrain where the restricted views also include an eternity. The paintings alternately describe matter and air, space and dust. Side by side with the dim darkness – where varied shades of brown, yellow, black and greyish blue descend as a pattern of camouflage – lie shimmering, beautifully lit fragments.


Maybe light flows out of darkness? Now and again bright streaks eat through the dark, like filled with a sweeping and ethereal substance. The paintings are characterized by an inquisitive belief in painting as a medium. Jenny Carlsson trusts in their capacity to also accommodate emotional layers. Her paintings describe a condition as much as a place.


Jenny Carlsson (b. 1984 in Ronneby, lives and works in Stockholm) graduated from Umeå Academy of Fine Art 2013. Her previous exhibitions include ”Death of a Butterfly” (2015) and ”Svavelår” (2014), at Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, and ”Färgen dit jag aldrig kan komma” (2014) at Karlskrona Konsthall. Her works are included in the collections at Aalto University (Finland), TIA-collections (USA) and various private and public Swedish collections. She has been granted scholarship from, among others, the Swedish Art Grants Committee and Svenska Konstnärernas Förening.


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