Almine Rech London is pleased to present Erik Lindman’s sixth solo exhibition with thegallery. Parsifal, opening on November 27 through January 18, 2020, will offer a selectionof paintings and sculptures developed simultaneously over the past four years. Reflecting onhis work, Lindman writes:
Can paintings and sculptures be made today by anyone other than a poor fool, a holy fool, a purefool, a Parseh-Fal?
A grouping of recently executed large-scale paintings will be presented in dialogue with smallerpaintings on panel started four years ago. They are haunted by rotting vocabularies,disingenuously suggesting associative landscapes. Subtle chromatic plays and visible, directbrushstrokes remained that I would have once painted over, like spraying perfume to hide thecorpse of expression these images once flirted with but now uncomfortably embrace.
Sculptures, here presented as unimposing monuments to haptic experience, mirror the centralforms anchored in the paintings’ layers of pigment. The pure fool, enlightened by compassion ,embalms found wood, styrofoam and metal in epoxy resin, like old bones holding new flesh.
My allusion should not be confused with a desire to illustrate morality. Here, art bubbles upbetween the fool’s fingers joyfully dragged in an opaque sea, colliding unintentionally with thegreasy dead. Wandering into a thicket of expiring tongues with a smile on my face, I catch whatflies out.
1 Durch Mitleid wissend, der reine Tor
– Erik Lindman, 2019