We are pleased to announce our first pop-up exhibition: a display of a series of recent paintings by Axel Linderholm (1981) at the Veemkade 570. The works grew out of several months in isolation in an old house in the middle of the Swedish forests. The paintings displayed reflect both the intensity and vehemence of this intense work period.
Linderholms ouvre is a contemplation of nordic landscapes, intimate settings and the unknown. He transports the viewer into a mysterious, dreamy and sometimes uncanny world.The wooden houses in the paintings appear uninhabited and desolate. Between the trees, lakes and underbrush, occasionally a figure with a yellow raincoat stands at the side, staring in the distance, blurred by falling snowflakes. Sometimes the wandering figure have been transformed into shadows, ghosts or replaced by animals that are overlooking the natural stillness and wondering what the future will bring.
Linderholm’s ambiguous and fragmented worlds capture a blur of memories and the reality from his recent experience in the forest. His palette contributes to the disorienting and dreamlike effect of his works; employing a range of hot, brash colors and with paint sometimes directly out of the tube. Linderholm’s creative process starts directly from the canvas instead of from a sketch or a photograph. His paintings are full of courage, energy and brave gestures. The surreal and supernatural scenes evoke David Lynch's Twin Peaks and the work of contemporary painters like Peter Doig and Per Kirkeby.
‘Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world’ Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus (1942)