Emeli Theander »Zuhörer« 2010-2011, oil on canvas, 109 x 135 cm
Private View STUTTGART
Thursday June 9th 2011, 7 – 10pm
Friday June 10th – Saturday July 30, 2011
Parrotta Contemporary Art Gallery shows three solo exhibtions by Sebastian Gögel, Keti Kapanadze and Emeli Theander summarised under the title 'Nightmares'.
In the pictures and sculptures by the three artists, the concrete external world loses its fascination in comparison with the world of the subject. The subject’s truth always bears the character of fiction. It is a symbolic construction out of heterogeneous elements in which evidence, quotes and interpretations of the subject interfuse. In this way, fiction is not solely a “subjective” or “relative” truth but first and foremost an effective force.
The ambivalent effect caused by nightmares, visions, and often horror promises a poetic potential between angst and lust that has been firing art since the early days. On the basis of the “Art History of Horror” one can establish that this other traumatic world beyond borders is subject to an order. Within art, this “Order of the Subconscious” is marked by characteristics of style which are connected to the term of the formless (Bois/Krauss). Here, this does not mean negation of the form but rather the notion of its dissolution, the process of exceeding or penetrating the boundaries of the body.
Emeli Theander’s painting concretizes on the border between the beautiful appearance and the weirdness of strange worlds. Her ghostly creatures in a dreamlike dark scenery reminiscent of Goya’s Caprici or Füssli’s Nightmare leave room for the fleeting and vague indulging in lust for shivers. These creatures are often childlike and they are trying to involve the viewers in their innocent diabolic game and to abduct them to their carnival worlds.
This exhibition marks the beginning of a long-term cooperation of Galerie PARROTTA and Galerie ADLER, which is about to close its rooms in Frankfurt, Germany. The artists Peter Feiler, Gregor Gaida, Stefan Guggisberg, Léopold Rabus and Artists Anonymous will therefore supplement the programme of Galerie Parrotta. We are pleased to exhibit the works of these artists in Stuttgart for the first time.