Norwegian artist exhibits in new gallery

 Date:04/10/2007 - 03/11/2007
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:England, London

New London gallery Maddox Arts brings together a group of spirited international artists, including Norwegian painter Kira Wager, for its inaugurate exhibition.

The exhibition ‘Irrational Exuberance’ is named after a quote from Alan Greenspan’s ominous speech made at the height of the 1990s dotcom boom, and is intended to allude to the bold and confident vitality and enthusiastic spirit present in this selection of work rather than upon any specific socio-economic condition.

The participating artists make works that simultaneously provoke, question and interact with the audience. They all share an obvious love of their medium, and a collected ambition to animate their expressions as vibrantly and vehemently as possible regardless of any current trend or status quo. Whilst the works diverge stylistically, one can still recognise a mutual abundance of skill and creative vision; an enjoyment in the coupling of medium with imagination; and an unashamed confidence in their use of complex artistic devices.

Kira Wager (born 1971) produces painted reconstructions of photographs and memories. The pictorial surface in her works is characteristically divided into a grid and painted with oils on thin PVC sheets. The grid enables her to vary her own expressions on the same painting. Previously, Wager has had solo exhibitions at RARE Gallery, New York; Gallery K, Oslo; Bergen Kunsthall and Samtidskunstforum, Oslo.

'Irrational Exuberance'
4 October - 3 November
Maddox Arts,
52 Brooks Mews,
London W1K 4ED

Kira Wager, Manhattan 2.1, 2006, Oil on PVC, 147.5cm x 217.5cm

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Kira Wager, Manhattan 2.1, 2006, Oil on PVC, 147.5cm x 217.5cm (detail)

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