Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, is pleased to present an exhibition in two parts, by Bjarne Melgaard. The physical gallery exhibition, Bodyparty (Substance Paintings) will be displayed in tandem with a pioneering virtual extension, Life Killed My Chihuahua.
Bodyparty (Substance Paintings) is an installation of 14 new paintings in the London gallery’s Ely Room. This intimate, introspective body of work, straight from the artist’s Oslo studio, reflects on his complex relationship with past and present. The series, shown here for the first time, began when the artist returned to Norway from the US in summer 2017. The works were revisited and completed in the winter of 2017 with a second layer that challenges the first. This incorporation of a change in stylistic approach embodies both the effects of passing time and the duality present in the title. ‘Bodyparty’, is what Melgaard sees as a ‘sexy’ allusion to the body and its physicality, while ‘Substance Paintings’ is his ‘dorky’ analysis of the making of the works themselves. The phrase ‘substance paintings’ is written on a number of the pieces and refers to the different effects of the conscious and unconscious mind on the painting process and its resulting timeframe.
Life Killed My Chihuahua and Bodyparty (Substance Paintings) are on from 22 February – 31 March at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Find out more about them and Vice Versa here