Kristin Hjellegjerde is presenting Audun Alvestad’s "It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Want To," from January 11 through February 2.
Describing the artist’s work, the gallery states: "In all of the paintings, the characters, whether male or female, are similar in appearance with their pink skin, brown hair, and boxy silhouettes, and as such, they function more as archetypes than individuals, both allowing the viewer to freely interpret the scenes and also emphasising familiarity; these are interactions that might be universally recognized...The works provoke an urge to search and find. In the same way that we are encouraged to actively look for clues in a mystery, the viewer pieces together the visual representations in order to create new meaning that might transcend the image on the canvas. As such, we are invited to not only glimpse the artist’s creative process, but to also become an active part of that process, a continuation."
Born in 1980, Audun Alvestad is a Norwegian painter who received his MFA form the Kunsthogskolen I Bergen in 2016, after studying at the Det kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen (2015) and receiving his BFA from the Kunsthogskolen I Bergen, Avd Kunstakademiet (2009). He was recently awarded a three year working grant for young artists by the Arts Council of Norway (2017) and Statens utstillingsstipend, Arts Council Norway (2016), Prosjektstotte, Arts Council Norway (2016).
Kristin Hjellegjerde is recognized in the contemporary art world for showing a roster of innovative, international artists, both emerging and established, with strong theoretical and aesthetic bases. Named one of Blouin's 500 Best Galleries Worldwide in both 2016 and 2015, and The Londonist's Independent Gallery of the Year in 2014, the gallery showcases cutting-edge art in a cohesive, intimate space focused on the presentation of a concerted body of work.
The exhibition will be on view through February 2, 2019 at Kristin Hjellegjerde, 533 Old York Rd, London SW18 1TG, UK.
For details visit: https://kristinhjellegjerde.com/
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.