Opening Saturday 2.July 2011 Folkestone Triennial , 42 Old High Street.
Opening Times: 4pm – 9pm
2nd July – 9th July 2011
Nina Gehl is showing a series of portrait paintings which she started to work on when she stayed in a remote place in the Italy and had lots of time, but no paints and traditional materials to work with.
Gehl devised an ingenious method of making paint from using ash, mixing it with oils and then experimenting with other compounds until she could produce a consistency and finish that not only matches regular pigmented paint but lends the work a quality that enhances and is indicative of her subject matter.
The inspiration for this series of works draws on a memory of a near death experience Gehl experienced as a child. The women of her family were all nearby but unaware of her being close to drowning. The resulting works represent singular or double portraits of women surfacing from tones of black, soft greys and browns. Other women disappear into the depth of the painting, or are just out of sight or are hidden in the black ground that they are trying to emerge from. Inspired by found images on missing persons websites and drawing on her original training in figurative portraiture, the paintings embody the ghostly figures of unknown and unidentified people. Whether singular or in groups of figures, the paintings confound and subversively comment on the traditions of portraiture, its history and its banality.
Nina Gehl lives and works in London. Born in Buffalo, New York, she received an MA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art and went on to complete an Associate Research degree at City & Guilds of London Art School. Gehl’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the US, Europe and the UK. In 2008 she was selected as a finalist for the Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize in Barcelona.
ROLLING PLINTH FOLKESTONE 2011¬¬
42 The Old High St | Folkestone | Kent | CT20 1RL