The ‘Inbetween’ exhibition which boasts the work of international artist Bjorn Eriksen seems to be perfectly suited for the GX Gallery‘s modern space.
The vibrant colours, classical features and almost awkward forms depicted in Eriksen’s work blend together to create a sense of celebration of the oddities of the human form.
In Eriksen’s work there is an excellent sense of balance and contrast. Eriksen manages to create work that boasts delicate, soft and classical features such as the face and hands of the woman in his work ‘Cross Road’ while at the same time creating a contrast with the harsh and angular lines of the background in the piece.
This unique balance creates an intriguing, imperfect and oddly beautiful collection. In my favorite piece of the exhibition ‘Waiting for daisy’ Eriksen again strikes a balance between the classical features and the harsh abstraction.
In ‘Waiting for Daisy’ the profile of the main subject, a man is very clean, classicial and dare I say handsome. All of his features are clearly defined yet the background is elusive, a red bus speeds by and background figures merge into shadow. Even the man from the waist down loses his form and blends into strong angular lines. It’s as though the painting could be divived into two individual paintings. These two paintings being the top classical graceful portrait and the bottom, harsh, angular and translucent abstract painting.
Throughout this exhibition it is as though Eriksen is celebrating the great contrasts we see in life and those odd little imperfections that we detest about ourselfes that actually make us beautiful. Eriksen has captured this strange essence through his unique style and communicated it superbly through the canvas for all to see.
So if perhaps you need to be reminded how stunning our imperfections, perceived realities and oddities can truly be, take a mossy down to GX gallery and let Eriksen show you the way to a both stunning and inbetween reality.
The Inbetween exhibition at the GX Gallery runs until 2 May 2012.