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Date:  10 March 2011 12:00 - 17 April 2011 18:00
Location: London
Category:  Exhibition

Viskum's dead hands to East London

Viskum owns several hands, each one of them expressing a different style and meant to give the paintings a certain personality.

‘Roulette’, a group show which marks four years since the Vegas gallery’s conception , brings together recent works from all their represented artists, including Morten Viskum who uses dead people's hands to paint.

Born in 1965 , Morten Viskum is considered one of the most provocative and controversial contemporary artists from Scandinavia. The artist’s unconventional choice of materials, themes and artistic expressions often seduces and invites the viewers to experience a range of unexpected emotions, causing shock, amazement and uncontrollable curiosity. Morten Viskum’s  range of solo shows include international galleries across Europe.

Viskum showed his first series of paintings made with a dead hand in Copehagen 1999 (‘The Hand that Never Stopped Painting’). The artist actually owns several hands, each one of them expressing a different style and meant to give the paintings a certain personality. He points out that the hands are not merely tools, and that the idea of the hand being linked to an immortalised personality is absolute central to his art work.

Viskum, who sees himself primarily as a performance artist, draws attention towards the work process rather than the finished paintings themselves through his live demonstrations. The patterns of the hand are easily recognisable, forming abrupt lines, applied vertically in many layers and colours. Viskum’s art brings to mind the style of American action painting; an art form where paint is spontaneously applied through vigorous, sweeping brushstrokes and the chance effects of dripping and spilling paint onto the canvas.

10 March - 17 April
Roulette
VEGAS
274 Poyser Street
London E2 9RF
Wednesday - Saturday 12pm–6.00pm


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