Translated from Swedish
ELISABETH FRIEBERG AT NAU GALLERY
How often does one see an artwork able to extend itself outside the room. Which fills the exhibition space with an evident presence and moves beyond its own spatial expression. How often do we meet a painting, which is able to add something to the discussion of its existence. Elisabeth Frieberg’s installation “Dawn, Naten” manages to do it. Some fifty boards of plywood in different sizes are placed on the floor in the narrow rectangular room. They lay on the floor, slightly raised as if they were floating. One by one they follow the spaces direction on the way to its own condition. At the same time stagnant and in movement. The woods matted surfaces shines. In a few boards the colour is fading and is pulled into the material, whilst in the other raises and opens up new spaces. The paintings are reflecting alternatively sky and mud.
The boards are curved distorted after being pulled after a boat over the surface of a lake. The action took place during the dawn one summers evening, and in the gallery space one can take note of the documentation in a pair of boat armchair that has been installed on a podium. Frieberg’s installation “Dawn, Naten” examines, in a very direct way, the relation between image and reality. It is executed with a powerful immediacy that on the same time is multi layered with a skewed spirituality. The piece constitutes a continuation of her interest in landscape painting, of how the colours in the world can be trans-mitted and defined in other situations. The board’s different shades could be read as representations of the lights beams. But divided, the densified bodies of colour become something else.
Frieberg’s installation is characterized of a presence of clarity, where the board’s holes have functioned to bind them up together during the action and as a suspension in the gallery space. This pragmatic move plays against the projects more emotional undercurrents. “Dawn, Naten” combines a dry and next to an unpretentious way of painting together with a passionately conceptually execution. It is as attractive as effective.
Work in progress, Dawn, Naten, 2014
Performance, Dawn, Naten, Stjärnhov 2014