From August 23rd to September 16th and as the first exhibition of a new season of shows, Nevven is hosting the three—person exhibition A Minimal Relief. Whether it be in the form of mosaics of roughly crushed wood—boards, of organic textures of handmade paper, or over—detailed moulded acrylic paintings on canvas, the exhibition will showcase and highlight the common ground between the practices and the intersections between three current series by Clemens Behr, Fanny Hellgren and Dominic Terlizzi.
After his 2016 solo show with the gallery — Nevven is pleased to exhibit again Clemens Behr. Known for his ephemeral sculptures and monumental installations of raw building materials, Behr’s approach to abstract three—dimensional forms is ironic, personal and savvy. For this exhibition, Behr presents a new wall—based sculpture featuring an abstract collage of wood—panels. Rough and elegant, this work could be taken as brief summary of the German artist’s production in its timeless grace and brutal nature.
After her first solo show with the gallery in Fall of 2017, Fanny Hellgren contributes to this exhibition with a wall—based installation from a series of paper sculptures which furthers her research into this material. To create these new works the Swedish artist dissolved cardboard and newspapers in water in order to reshape them into large slabs of handmade paper. Micro—tonally coloured by the remains of the fibres recycled into them, imprinted in textures both incidentally and deliberately, the results are imposing yet weightless organic surfaces which resembles wrinkled and delicate layers of skin.
Along with these two artists, Nevven is proud to introduce for the first time in Sweden the Baltimore—based artist Dominic Terlizzi. In a painstaking and meticulously long process, the American artist uses acrylic paint as moulding material in order to create extremely complex, mosaic—looking, reliefs on canvas. The subjects of the figurative compositions which results from this process are playful, ironic and humorous, yet at the same time elegant in such an effortless way that makes Terlizzi’s works unique in their own genre. For A Minimal Relief, he presents a selection of new monochrome moulded acrylic paintings on canvas.
The hope is that this exhibition will enable the viewers to experience the quiet elegance these three artist share in their most recent wall based sculptural works. Antithetic in their process, they are connected in a shared uncommon approach to materials, which they bend with elegance and subtle irony while altering their function or appearance. We believe that — regardless of their differences — Clemens Behr, Fanny Hellgren and Dominic Terlizzi have found each other on a common ground in the latest results of their practices. A Minimal Relief tries to capture this convergence, letting these three artists lyrically enhance and mirror each other through their exhibited works.