Hanneline Visnes’s paintings and watercolours are intriguing juxtapositions; An exquisitely drawn rose with a solid, intense black boulder-like shape. What at first might appear an incongruous meeting of images becomes an intriguing assembly of delicate motifs.
In her exhibition at doggerfisher in Edinburgh, Visnes presents a new body of work. The exhibition takes its title "Ring around Paradise Square" from a square in Baghdad, which until last year was dominanted by a vast bronze statue of Saddam Hussein. Visnes wants to allude to the ideas and varied understandings of the notion of paradise.
Intricate patterns drawn from Persian tiles, snatches of Uzbekistan fabric design and anonymous early English tapestries are painstakingly replicated by Visnes. The patterns are sometimes enlarged, and sometimes delicately swamped by a wash of intense yellow or orange. The repeated patterns take on a sense of being uncontrolled and unchecked but there is also a sense of divine order.
Hanneline Visnes was born in Bergen trained in Oslo and Glasgow. Recent exhibitions include Lombard Fried Gallery, New York; Zenomap, Gagosian Gallery, London; Prague Biennale, Zenomap, 50th Venice Biennale; Soft Sun Down, doggerfisher (all 2003) and A hundred flowers, a hundred birds, a hundred children in late spring and early summer, with Lucy Skaer, CCA Glasgow (2002). In 2000 Visnes was artist in resident at Glasgow School of Art. She lives and works in Glasgow.
doggerfisher ,11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh
Opening times: Wed Fri 11am 6pm; Sat noon 5pm and by appointment.