Hanneline Visnes brings her first solo exhibition in London to the Pump House Gallery. For this exhibition Visnes will exhibit newly commissioned site-specific work alongside work that she made during her recent year-long residency in Amsterdam, as well as some earlier key pieces.
Visnes is known for her intricate, highly crafted drawings and paintings which often employ repetitive floral patterns reminiscent of Persian tiles and entangles them with heraldic, religious and memento mori iconography such as skulls, eyes, feathers and candles.
Her work is said to have the ability to both charm and unsettle – in the decorative oil painting 'In the flowers' an unexpected swarm of beady eyes peer through the exotic undergrowth. It is these enigmatic motifs alongside the abandonment of the single-point perspective that produce fantastical portals and visionary scenarios full of contradictions, doubt and fragility inviting the viewer to question the symbolism and to develop narratives in their own mind.
There are many diverse references and influences in Visnes' work. She is interested in design and its ordering or rationalisation of nature, referencing the labour intensive working methods and techniques used in medieval illuminated manuscripts and miniatures, Persian art and Chinese laquerwork. She admires the Surrealists and their exploration of the collective subconscious, sharing their interest in so called “outsider art”, and is inspired by the golden age of Dutch painting for its rich beauty and fine, lifelike renderings.
Hanneline Visnes was born in Bergen, Norway in 1972 and trained at Glasgow School of Art. She has shown in numerous shows nationally and internationally including Venice Biennale 2003; Prague Biennale 2003; Essl Museum, Vienna; CCA, Glasgow; and Castlefield, Manchester. She currently lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by doggerfisher, Edinburgh.
'The crow wants everything to be black'
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
T: 020 7350 0523
24 May – 16 July 2006
Private View: Tuesday 23 May 6.00 - 8.00pm
Open: Wed, Thur, Sun 11– 5 / Fri, Sat 11– 4
Closed Mon & Tues: Admission Free