Four artists in search of a private paradise

 Date:29/06/2007 - 29/07/2007
 Type:Culture, Contemporary Art
 Location:England, London

Along with three other artists, Oslo-based photographer Tinna Ludviksdottir attempts to find a private paradise through a series of photographs which now go on display at a London gallery.

Tinna Ludviksdottir uses photography to identify her private paradise within the public realm while Uta Kögelsgerber photographs gardens in California and the South of France where people have attempted to create heaven on earth. In her new video Donna Conlon tries to find answers by communicating with fairy lights in a Christmas tree, deciphering the message generated by the flickering bulbs reflected in a window; creating three-dimensional drawings, Sarah Woodfine explores cinematic images found in The Wizard of Oz, Misery or Psycho in a quest to find a personal paradise.

Tinna Ludviksdottir was born in Iceland and studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway (1997-2001). She has shown in Iceland and Norway and this exhibition will be her first show in London. Ludviksdottir tries to open to the means of expressions, according to the nature of each specific idea and project. She is trained as an art photographer, but her experience with live-art, sound, lighting and video, gives her a foundation to consider other means and combinations to materialise each work. She says: 'When examining the concept of a private paradise I have observed that a common denominator for many is material matter; often containing a cultivated, perhaps artificial garden, a luxurious house lying close to the sea... I have realized that my understanding is that man strives to build his very own private paradise outside himself whereas I believe that the true paradise will always be within, a private one.'

Donna Conlon was born in the USA and now lives and works in Panama City. Her videos have been exhibited widely around the world, including at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, and in 2004 Espectros Urbanos was awarded First Prize at the IV Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama.

Uta Kögelsberger has been held a number of respected Fellowships such as the Stanly Picker Fellowship and the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship. She has had solo shows at a range of respected venues including the Glassell Project Space, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, the Cafe Gallery Projects, London and at Art Lab, London. She has contributed to many group projects in spaces that include Laurence Miller Gallery, New York; Vegas Gallery, London and ArtFutures 2005/Bloomberg Space. Her work has been published by photo north in an artist monograph 'Uta Kögelsberger'.

Sarah Woodfine studied at Liverpool School of Fine Art (1988-1991) and Royal Academy Schools (1991-1995). In 2004 she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Recent group shows include: Snowdomes, National Glass Centre, Sunderland; When Night Draws In, Artangel Interaction project at Digby Stuart Chaplaincy, Roehampton University and Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Gallery. Recent solo shows include Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway in 2007 and Danielle Arnaud contemporary art in 2006.

29 June - 29 July
A Private Paradise
Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art
123 Kennington Road, London SE11 6SF UK

Opening hours: Friday – Sunday, 2-6pm or by appointment.
Phone: 020 7735 8292

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Oslo-based photographer Tinna Ludviksdottir's works are on display at the Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art gallery from 29 June to 29 JulyPhoto: Tinna Ludviksdottir

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