Press text "From Here", Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm, May 16 - June/July 2013

In his exhibition at Galerie Nordenhake Johan Thurfjell presents a suite of new works using a variety of media in which he translates observations from the natural world in his direct environment into lyrical mise-en-scenes.

Thurfjell often uses his own personal experiences as an aesthetic tool in his precisely crafted works. The source for the exhibition originates in his new home and studio in the Swedish countryside and the works describe simple observations from his surroundings.

By painting with varnish on paper, which allows light from a bulb to illuminate the painted area from behind, Thurfjell reproduces the phenomenon of sunlight projected through a window onto the wall of his atelier. In two free-standing works he recalls his surrounding countryside landscape in three-dimensional paintings on layers of glass. In sculptural works, elements from the landscape and the home are brought into the gallery space - branches and twigs appear encased in ice, and an appropriated window is mottled with rain drops in suspended animation.



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