March 22 - May 11,  2019

Paul Fägerskiöld : Flatlands

Peter Blum Gallery
176 Grand Street, New York, NY

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Peter  Blum  Gallery is  pleased  to  announce  an  exhibition  of new  paintings by Paul  Fägerskiöld entitled Flatlandsat 176 Grand Street, New York.  This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 11, 2019.

Flatlands takes its name from the satirical Victorian novella written by Edward Abbott in 1884, that is at once a  social  commentary  and  a  sci-fi  examination  of  the  concept  of  spatial  dimensions.    The  story  describes people  as  flat  geometric  shapes,  stuck  within  the  confines  of  a  two-dimensional  world.    The astrophysicist Carl Sagan famously commented on the implications of “Flatland” in his thought experiment about the perceptual limitations of our own three-dimensional reality.

Paul  Fägerskiöld uses  this  backdrop  as  a  framework  for  this  exhibition  and  incorporates  flatly painted geometric  shapes  throughout  this  body  of  large-scale  paintings  on  linen. The  title  work  in  the  show “Flatland”, from his “Landscape” series, depicts a thickly painted monochromatic dark blue shape with a gently  curving  horizon  line,  floating  on  a field  of  raw  linen.    There  will  also  be several  works  from Fägerskiöld’s “Spray Painting” series, in which he applies many delicate layers  of  spray  paint to  create hovering atmospheres  that  are  unified  as  color  fields  from  a  distance  and  disperse  into  thousands  of constituent dots from up close.

Recently, Fägerskiöld has  begun  to  consider  narrative  structures  in  his  thinking  about  the  relationships between  paintings.  The  largest  work  in  the  show  consists  of 54 separate  canvases  arranged  in  an  irregular grid,  with  each  depicting  either  a  circle,  number,  or  hand  print  painted  in  red,  yellow, blue,  or  white in the center.  This work furthers Fägerskiöld’s investigation of language and symbols, alluding to a wide range of references, from city street signs, to Mondrian’s early New York paintings, to Blinky Palermo’s seminal cycle of paintings from 1976, “To the People of New York City”.

Paul  Fägerskiöld’s paintings  reveal  themselves  at  once  as  images  and  as  constructions  that  expose  their materiality and production.  The related bodies of work in this exhibition continually reconfigure each other’s meanings, shifting and twisting into narratives that unfold distinctly within each individual’s experience.

Paul Fägerskiöld was born in Stockholm in 1982 and currently lives and works in New York. He was educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2010) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has exhibited widely in galleries in Europe and USA and his work is found in significant international museum collections. Museum exhibitions include: Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden (2019 upcoming), Jönköping  läns  Museum,  Jönköping,  Sweden (2018), Sven-Harrys  konstmuseum, Stockholm,  Sweden (2016),  Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2016, 2010), Artipelag, Värmdö (2015), Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2013), and Wanås Skulpturpark, Knislinge,  Sweden (2010).  He  has  been  awardedthe Åke  Andrén  Foundation's  Scholarship, the  Fredrik  Roos  Art  Grant  and  Maria Bonnier Dahlins Award for Young Artists.