SPECTA opens the fall with the exhibition XS, an exhibition showing extra small paintings by four artists: Thordis Adalsteinsdottir, Xu Bacheng, Miho Sato and Camilla Thorup. Common for the four artists is that their paintings have a narrative element, yet only giving us a few fragments of the whole story.
When the characters by Camilla Thorup pose in different formations, they appear to perform in arranged postures for the painter. However in their frozen eyes and postures they seem to have an insisting and disturbing absence.
The paintings by Japanese Miho Sato also balance between presence and absence. Her figures are recognizable and they appear in common situations. But since being without context and detail they seem almost like lonely silhouettes.
Xu Bacheng's paintings unfold a dreamlike fantasy-world, where animals and dolls often appear in situations which seem slightly awkward or un-natural. Like when a rabbit drives a penny-farthing, and the scene is like a fragment of a dream or a child's secret universe.
Yet often appearing battered and unease with the situation, Thordis Adalsteinsdottir keeps both her characters and her viewers in a fine balance between conflict and peace. We do not get the story about what has happened to her figures, but the circumstances of the moment is presented.
The paintings by these four artists make up an excellent selection of small and concentrated scenarios.