Galleri Niklas Belenius proudly presents recent work by contemporary American artists Julie Evanoff, Amy Finkbeiner and Ema Sintamarian. Drawing from sources that range from medieval Christian mystics to modern-day iconography, the artists employ various media to explore conditions of life in a society increasingly defined by manufactured narratives. The stories told by these artists defy easy categorization,offering alternate takes on notions of identity and desire and our need for sustainable mythmaking. For the first time on display in Sweden, these works take us for a spin into a realm where the dividing line between fact and fiction is deliciously and sometimes savagely blurred.
Julie Evanoff lives and works in New York. Referring to her process as a continuous ”heat of the moment”, she goes on to say that ”I steal figures and landscapes from a wide variety of sources. I mix recognizable elements of historical paintings and drawings with elements from daily life.” With a distinct and very direct line she brings forth her excited narratives in the drawings, paintings and animations featured in the show.
Amy Finkbeiner´s recent work offers a complex look at concepts of desire and transcendence, inspired in equal parts by a medieval mystic experience and the feminist movements of the 60´s and 70´s. In a series of exquisitely crafted objects and drawings she establishes a highly charged and sensual iconography where myths of old find bearing on contemporary issues of gender and identity. Amy Finkbeiner lives and works in New York.
A native of pre-perestroika Romania, the work of Ema Sintamarian reads like a bewildered mapping of the West, where a culture obsessed by image and fleeting glimpses is rendered by the artist’s extreme attention to detail. Sintamarian´s drawings are densely packed with iconographic elements and structural details, establishing a mental landscape with seemingly endless possibilities. Ema Sintamarian lives and works in San Diego, California.