NEW YORK, NY.- Galerie Perrotin
, New York presents UNDERWORLD, its first solo exhibition by Klara Kristalova in New York and the artists fourth solo show with Galerie Perrotin.
Klara Kristalova constructs a dark, odd, and yet familiar world. The characters that inhabit her universe are peculiar, alone, quiet, perhaps lost, as if they have just escaped from a cruel tale, waiting for a passer-by to stop and indicate the way. Made from glazed ceramics, Kristalova s figures carry a raw, vulnerable, human feel to them. Drawing from Nordic storytelling and traditional myths, Kristalova manages to convey basic human emotions such as fear, love, sadness, guilt, which emerge from her work like memories from our own childhood.
For her first exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, New York, Kristalova presents a series of new characters who form an ambiguous circus cast: performing acrobats, a bird with a girls face, a boy with mosquito wings, a magicians daughter. How they ended up together is for us to guess though dont be fooled by their seemingly innocent look. Like with Double Face, they all carry their own enigma of good and evil. Perhaps they deserve their fate; perhaps they are unaware of their own condition. Kristalova crafts their portraits at a specific moment of their mysterious lives, providing us with a few elements before the curtain drops and the show begins, leaving us to write the rest of our own narrative.
Kristalova was born in former Czechoslovakia in 1967 and moved to Sweden with her parents when she was only a year old. She studied at the Royal University College of Fine Art in Stockholm and lives in Norrtälje, Sweden. Recent exhibitions include the Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden (2012), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2012), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011) and SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico (2009), among many others.
The exhibition UNDERWORLD will be on view at Galerie Perrotin, 909 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021, Monday to Saturday (10am-6pm) and will be presented at the same time as another solo exhibition by Klara Kristalova, BIG GIRL NOW at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002, from February 27 April 26, 2014.
There is something fascinating about circuses, not the big productions kind, but the small family type that travel around the countryside. They arent perfect but you get a sense that they really try; the kind of atmosphere were strange things can happen but we are still close to ordinary life. Klara Kristalova