Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie:NILS ERIK GJERDEVIK

Nils Erik Gjerdevik Untilted, 2011 mixed media on paper 66 x 102 cm

Nils Erik Gjerdevik
Untilted, 2011
mixed media on paper
66 x 102 cm

8. Juni – 20. Juli 2013

Vernissage: Friday, June 7, 2013, 18:00 – 20:00 Uhr
Vorschau: Meg Webster, September 7 – October 19, 2013,
Vernissage Friday, September 6, 2013
Season opening Basel galleries: Saturday September 7

Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie
Malzgasse 20, CH-4052 Basel
T +41 (0)61 271 71 83
Öff‚nungszeiten: Mi – Fr 13:00-18:00 Uhr, Sa 11:00 – 16:00 Uhr
und nach Vereinbarung.

Danish artist Nils Erik Gjerdevik (*1962) will inaugurate the gallery at its new Basel location with oil paintings, ceramic sculptures and various works on paper. This the first gallery exhibit integrating all three practices in the past decade. Evolving on the themes of grids, freehand lines and spherical shapes to create universes, his concentration on color juxtaposition as well as positive and negative space brings the viewer to contemplate movement, depth, distance and tensions in one square and four rectangular paintings. A new series of works on paper present his usage of the sine shape and wave lines. The glazed ceramic sculptures evoke futuristic architectural buildings.
In his recent oil paintings, Gjerdevik juxtaposes two main colors – one color as the background and the other in one of his three signature themes. The precise shapes and brushstrokes demark the planes and entrances to microcosms, as if amorphous shapes were frozen in transit while moving in globular structures. The works on paper often include lines of vibrant colors and mixtures that can be either flat or full of texture. Drawn without a template, the abstract representation of objects appears weightless yet in motion. Interlocking shapes remind us of idealized urban architecture whose buildings define paths to follow as if a predefined trajectory existed within the maze.
The inclusion of pencil, ballpoint or felt markings in the mixed media works add to the visual depth and maximize the complexity of the works. Gjerdevik’s signature large amount of unmarked areas frame his universe and communication on deckle-edge paper. The latter allows us to position and enter Gjerdevik‘s imaginary setting. The sculptures demonstrate his technical process developed over the past 25 years and incorporate his interest in architecture, interlocking shapes, planes and color. The characteristics in his paintings and drawings are integrated in the sculptures to create an independent practice.

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