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Per Adolfsen: “The Ribbons That Tie Us” March 1, 2018

February 15, 2018 (New York, NY) — 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel is pleased to present Per Adolfsen: The Ribbons That Tie Us, an exhibition of contemporary artist Per Adolfsen’s figurative paintings and portraiture from 2014 to the present. On view from March 1 through March 31, The Ribbons That Tie Us showcases Adolfsen’s sensitive rendering of his subjects’ inner life.

About the Artist

Born in 1964, self-taught Danish painter Per Adolfsen has shown his work in New York, Germany, Hong Kong, and Denmark. His exhibitions include several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum- og Exlibrissamling and at the Kastrupgaardsamlingen. The Ribbons That Tie Us is Adolfsen’s second solo exhibition at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel.

A marked break with Adolfsen’s previous emotionally charged acrylic paintings that merged representation, abstraction, and text (previously exhibited at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel), the contemplative oil paintings in The Ribbons That Tie Us demonstrate the artist’s evolving and deepening commitment to using the medium as tool for breaking past stereotype and false exteriors in order to know other people and one’s self. The neutral palette and minimal backgrounds allow the viewer to be fully present with the people foregrounded in the paintings who are punctuated by moments of brilliant color—a lavender head scarf, crystalline blue eyes.

Beginning with a monochrome series of anonymous women and a provocative series investigating clichéd women’s roles (both from 2014), the show then transports the viewer into the psyche of Adolfsen’s subjects with an intimate portrayal of a fellow artist in his Transparent series (2017) and a series of playful portraits (2018) of his Danish-Muslim friend Hibba. The paintings in these latter two series reveal the sitters’ confidence, melancholy, and humor, as well as the artist’s caring relationships with them.

The title The Ribbons That Tie Us refers to a series of still lifes also included in the show, in which painted bands of ribbon glide back and forth across the surface of the canvas like dancers entering and exiting a stage, and serves as a metaphor for the relational character of the figurative work throughout the exhibition: the colorful psychical, emotional and social bonds that tie the artist to his subjects and in turn draw the viewer to the paintings.

About 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

Celebrating its 10th year, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel’s objective is to present fresh, vibrant works that capture the aesthetic dynamics of 21st century. The gallery represents a group of international artists who are producing significant works of lasting value that explore, engage and resonate with contemporary visual culture.


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