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Solo show: Monica Tormell - When hell freezes over (over)

13 January 2007 until 21 February 2007
  Galerie van Gelder

Galerie van Gelder
Planciusstraat 9 / A
1013 MD Amsterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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'When hell freezes over'

Press release:

The Swedish artist Monica Tormell shows in her exhibition 'When hell freezes over' indeed a part of hell, which is heard and seen by means of solidified black ink puddles, accompanied by diabolic sounds coming from an installation of electrical drums, whistlers and squeakers, made of a plastic watery can, a metal pot, and the like. In another space a threatening black sludge is puked out of a wall. Images that evoke an atmosphere of hell and damnation. In contrast to this Monica Tormell creates a world of make-believe with a rainbow, dance, poetry and candlelight. Above all she wants to change the tough reality into a world which is happy, and in which each new beginning brings about an explosive optimism. She pulls the world to her domain which she imagines free from dragging worries and misery.

In 'When hell freezes over' Monica Tormell unites opposite matters. A burning candle is satanic and spooky, yet the same dancing candle in the appearance of a pink hand brings to her sculpture also warmth and liveliness. A rainbow on a photo of an anonymous urban surrounding is changed via tubes and cables into a rainbow, which is indeed factual to be seen as such, thanks to a contineous produced water spray in the exhibition space. Reality cannot be re-created more beautiful than this!

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