Date:  27 February 2013 18:00 - 06 April 2013 18:00
Category:  Exhibition

Dahlstrøm & Fattal at Beers.Lambert Contemporary

Dahlstrøm & Fattal is a two-man exhibition featuring the sculptural work of Israeli, Berlin-based artist Amir Fattal and the digital photography of Norwegian 2012 Emerging Artist Award Winner Øystein Dahlstrøm. The exhibition explores memory and history as framed by the architectural.

Fattal's overarching concerns might be the lines of communication and culture that have been drawn between two very different countries (Germany and Israel) as linked through history, memory, architecture, and the geographical diaspora. For Fattal, it is a practice of taking the concrete and making it conceptual – history as though viewed through a lens of inaccuracy, a mastery of dimmed lights and half-truths, a ‘smoke and mirrors’ type of storytelling – a wholly (sur)real phantom history.

In a related but also sharply contradictory style to Fattal, Øystein Dahlstrøm creates meaning from anti-meaning: His work is to be understood – not as photography – but as simulacra: digital renderings of the natural world that masquerade as truth, with the attempt to trick and convince the viewer into accepting their recreated fantasy as absolute truth. There remains an element of purposeful and marked disquiet upon viewing his work, not unlike a feeling of lingering guilt, or the awareness that something is just not quite right.

Both artists are interested in a sort of optical mastery – for Fattal, it is the darkening of historical accuracy, whereas Dahlstrøm shines a light in an attempt to reveal the underexposed. Where Fattal prefers to blur and omit, Dahlstrøm prefers to articulate, and his anti-space prevails - forgotten corners,overlooked ruins, endless horizons of cement, broken windows, open doors and bleak entrances or exits. Dahlstrøm credits Norwegian literary figure Thure Erik Lund as a source of inspiration.

Dahlstrøm & Fattal

28th Feb - 6th April, 2013

Tues - Sat: 11am - 6pm
Sun - Mon: Closed

1 Baldwin Street
London EC1V9NU
United Kingdom

Wednesday 27 Feb, 6pm - 9pm

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