Melancholy, Nostalgia, Longing and Memories: “She got the Blues”

“It was a hot summer day in Italy. The last day of that summer and the sun was just setting far away in the sea. A strong feeling came over me. A mixture of sadness and happiness, longing and lost. It was the beginning and yet an end.
I think I had the blues.”

Four You Gallery is pleased to present Blues a Dynamisk Curated exhibition and the very first group exhibition the gallery has hosted to date. Blues is a group exhibition hosting works from Annabel Faustin, Ania Hobson, Berit Louise Sara Grønn, Cho Hui- Chin and Tilde Grynnerup. The exhibition aims to challenge the traditional concept of blues and instead explore new avenues of meaning beyond the conventional.

Berit Louise Sara Grønn-Slip of the tongue, 2020-Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Marble and Silk on canvas-105 x 155 cm
Annabel Faustin-Dream tomorrow, 2020-Acrylic on linen canvas-65 x 54 cm

Here blues are thought of as a blue haze, where dreams and reality meet and entwine into one. Blues is being melancholic yet nostalgic, it is a feeling of longing, memories and dreams. It is a tipping point between opposites, sanity and insanity, extreme happiness and fatal misery. It is a state in which we feel like we have lost our grip and are falling and yet again we have never felt so alive.

Ania Hobson-My Blue, paying me an unexpected visit, 2020-Oil and impasto on canvas-105 x 155 cm

The characters in the exhibition are brave and strong. They are connected with the physical and the spiritual, the outside world and one owns feelings. They are not afraid to show emotion. They are modern day Flâneurs that carefully observe their surroundings and it is how they view life with all its complexities and imperfections that ultimately reflect back upon who they are and what they feel: ‘blue’.

Annabel Faustin-Reflection of the past, 2020-Acrylic on linen canvas-61 x 50 cm

“They are modern day Flâneurs that carefully observe their surroundings and it is how they view life with all its complexities and imperfections that ultimately reflect back upon who they are and what they feel: ‘blue’.”

Annabel Faustin-Detail-Communion, 2020-Oil and acrylic painting on linen canvas-65 x 92 cm

In the abstract works there are instead rich layers of symbolism and meaning, brushstrokes and colors are in a constant flow and seems to be in an eternal conversation. Conveyed through a variety of compositions and motifs, figurative and abstract, the ambiguity of the Blues are deeply rooted in all of the works.

Tilde Grynnerup To Play Out the Stars, 2020-Wallsculpture, Painted wood-85 x 39 x 5,5 cm It’s Alright Mama, 2020-Wallsculpture, Painted wood-101x 35 x 5 cm Blue Notes for a Full Moon, 2020- Wallsculpture, Painted wood-103 x 38 x 6 cm

“In the abstract works there are instead rich layers of symbolism and meaning, brushstrokes and colors are in a constant flow and seems to be in an eternal conversation.”

Cho Hui Chin-The Nuances of Tones, 2019-Acrylic, oil, oil pastel on linen-200 x 170 cm

“Conveyed through a variety of compositions and motifs, figurative and abstract, the ambiguity of the Blues are deeply rooted in all of the works.”

Cho Hui Chin-Guess How Importance Does Spontaneity Play in This Piece, 2019-Acrylic, oil, oil pastel on linen-200 x 170 cm
Berit Louise Sara Grønn-Detail 1-Slip of the tongue, 2020-Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Marble and Silk on canvas-105 x 155 cm

The feeling of blue, is something that we cannot put our finger on but ultimately, we can all relate to. Because we are currently in a world, where we have never been so disconnected and yet connected at the same time. It is all a sense of wonder, but what encourage us is to know, that we are after all, not alone.

Annabel Faustin-Night and Day Meeting in the Early Morning, 2020-Oil and acrylic on linen canvas-81 x 65 cm

“Because we are currently in a world, where we have never been so disconnected and yet connected at the same time.”

Ania Hobson is a British Contemporary artist. She studied portraiture painting at the Florence Academy of Art. After completing her degree she developed the very “schooled style” for a more personal and contemporary way of mastering the portraiture.

Portrait of Ania Hobson

She works mainly from sketches but at times also directly from life. Her art has a strong story-telling aspect and it is all a beautiful mixture of scenarios, situations and memories. To create atmosphere, she works with organic colours in oil that are thickened with impasto. Her portraits are usually on large scale, which in result becomes a play between the macro and micro. Ania is inspired by portraits artists such as Alice Neel, Paula Rago and Kerry James Marshall.

Ania won the Young Artist Award with the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018. Last year (2019) she exhibited in Venice with the GAA Foundation at one of the official collateral events of the Venice Biennale at the ECC.

Ania Hobson-Detail-My Blue, paying me an unexpected visit, 2020-Oil and impasto on canvas-105 x 155 cm

Berit Louise is based in Norway and her Sami culture has thought her how to value nature, subconsciousness and the worlds spirituality, the way life was handled and the impressions of everyday life is well within her and her art.

Portrait of Berit Louise Sara Grønn

Most of her projects start with a photograph, that then will lead into the painting. By applying colour, form, expression, words, themes and life on the canvas gives her the freedom to play and develop within her own time. Her paintings let her join in on dialogues and her vibrancy in the work becomes an abundance of visual information. In fact, the final work of art is a rich mixture of elements ranging from acrylic, oil and silk entwined to into a conversation that comes to life within the abstract work.

Berit Louise Sara Grønn-Detail 2-Slip of the tongue, 2020-Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Marble and Silk on canvas-105 x 155 cm

Cho, Hui-Chin is a contemporary artist, best known for her figurative paintings and sculptures. Over the years she has developed an multi artistic practice that includes disciplines such as painting, sculpture ,drawing, prints, videos and text works. A stimulating practice that dives into juxtapositioning, questioning and metaphors around material and how we use them.

Cho Hui Chin in her Paris temporary studio during covid lockdown 2020
Cho Hui Chin-Chez Alzat, 2020-Acrylic, oil, oil pastel, linen-100 x 50 cm
Cho Hui Chin in her studio

The paintings of Annabel Faustin are all about softness, slowness and contemplation. She notices that as part of modern society, we live in a very stressful and violent world because of over information. Her aim is not to literally show the negative aspects of our society but to paint a new world made of kindness and harmony, as a ‘colorful mirror ‘of it. She wants to create modern pictures that bring joy and peace to the spectator.

Portrait of Annabel Faustin

“Her aim is not to literally show the negative aspects of our society but to paint a new world made of kindness and harmony, as a ‘colorful mirror ‘of it.”

To compose her painting, Annabel Faustin is inspired both by history of art paintings such as Renaissance and Romantic movements, and current social trends such as smartphone’s omnipresence or the selfie trend. Today’s items are mixed with classical landscapes to create surrealistic pictures. Her characters, inspired by Fernand Léger paintings, are rounded with bulky bodies. They quietly contemplate the world around them and protect each other.

In this dystopia, nature and culture are not opposed anymore but become a part of each other in a full dreamy and harmonious vision.

Annabel Faustin-Detail-A Table For Two, 2020-Acrylic on linen canvas-55 x 46 cm

“Annabel Faustin is inspired both by history of art paintings such as Renaissance and Romantic movements, and current social trends such as smartphone’s omnipresence or the selfie trend.”

Annabel Faustin-Modern Relics, 2020-Acrylic on linen canvas-55 x 46 cm

Tilde is an artist that is working across different medias such as textile, wood, installation, conceptual, photography and film. She works without limitations and the selection of material falls on the choice of the media that express her vision the best. Taking inspiration of the words by Méret Oppenheim “Nobody will give you freedom. You have to take it.” Tilde work and crates completely without limitations.

Tilde Grynnerup Portrait studiowall

“Taking inspiration of the words by Méret Oppenheim “Nobody will give you freedom. You have to take it.” Tilde work and crates completely without limitations.”

Tilde Grynnerup in her studio

Her artistic work traces back from years of song writing and working in fashion, so one part of her practice is based on a mixture of textile and words. On the other hand she grew up inherited craftmanship skills from her carpenter father, and speaking about her art works made of wood she says: “woodwork is like family.”

Tilde Grynnerup's woodwork shop in the forest

“On the other hand she grew up inherited craftmanship skills from her carpenter father, and speaking about her art works made of wood she says: “woodwork is like family.”

Inside Tilde Grynnerup's woodwork shop in the forest - Closeup

When she creates the wood sculptures she alternates her work between her wood workshop in the countryside and her studio in the city of Copenhagen.
“The interaction between the countryside nature and the city, is my perfect balance. Just like the interaction between working with soft materials like textile and hard materials like brass and wood.”

Angeliki Kim Jonsson – Founder of Dynamisk

Thank you! And I really do hope you will enjoy ‘Blues’ a Dynamisk curated exhibition Four You Gallery.

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