LONDON.- Standpoint Gallery presents Shadowy: Nadine Feinson, Hilde Grandalen, and Andrew Hladky, on view through February 16, 2008. From the darkest months of the year emerge shadowy things, rendered into paint with all the obsessive excitation or melancholic lingering sensuousness that the artists' Northern European temperaments can afford. What these three quite different painters share is a distinct and sophisticated quality of surface, and a mysterious, troubling and dusky imagination.
Nadine Feinson's paintings act on the edges of vision, where the semi-formed emerges as monstrous. Teasing and delicate, the oil paint reveals uncertain things. There is in Feinson's paintings the echo of the surrealist spirit, of Ernst's restless experimentation, here driven more by a need for invention than mastery. The image comes through an act of articulation of the medium and idea simultaneously so that the shape shifting nature of the paint embodies the monstrous nature of the chimera.
Nadine Feinson graduated MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2004. Recent shows include Salon 07: New British Painting, 319 Portobello Road, The Future Can Wait, Old Truman Brewery,Avatar of Sacred Discontent, 9 Hillgate Street, London 2007, and New London Kicks II, New York 2006.
Hilde Grandalen's paintings have the all-over rhythm and structural intensity of Jackson Pollock. Her mark making evinces both sureness of touch and great sensitivity. Working always to completion in one sitting - be it a marathon - Grandalen takes her inspiration from music, lyrics, and the beautiful desolate landscapes of her native Norway. Fleeting images - of forests, starry skies, graffiti - dissolve into the abstract rhythms of her subtle colour relationships.
Hilde Grandalen trained at Chelsea College of Art and has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, Norway and internationally (including Heartland, Scandinavian House, Prague 2006, Fuck Art Lets Paint Transition Gallery, London 2005). She now lives and works in Oslo.
Andrew Hladky makes three dimensional paintings that are built up from successive, obsessive additions of pure oil paint. These deep reliefs provide from the front view an almost pointillist technique, tiny flecks of pure colour blended by the eye to create tonal shifts. Great worms of oil paint straight from the tube interrupt this organisation - a violent punctum grabbing at us from the surface. The landscapes that emerge from this technique are equally strange. Hladky allows us glimpses of very alien scenes - reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch - across myriad horizons lit by several suns, their foregrounds sometimes populated by religious figures engaged in uncertain rituals.
Andrew Hladky graduated MA Painting from Wimbledon School of Art in 2003. Recent shows include Wintry, Lounge Gallery 2007; On the Various Means of Reanimating Dead Tissue, APT, 2007; and Hypertopia, Gone Tomorrow Gallery, 2006.