Marie Dahlstrand / Sara Möller

OCTOBER 13- NOVEMBER 4, 2018

Galleri Thomassen is pleased to present Dropped line, Marie Dahlstrand´s fourth solo show at the gallery. The exhibition consists of a series of new abstract landscapes, where shapes and lines shift and slide, exploring the potential of physical sensations and visual perceptions through subtleties in color, form, and composition.

In poetry, a dropped line is a line broken into two parts, in which the second part is intended to remain visually sequential through spacing, a means of breaking the eye´s movement, forcing the viewer to pause.
In Dahlstrand´s new paintings the rhythm and characteristically built up dense structures are broken up by floating zones of color creating sensual areas of calmness. Further pushing the spatial as well as temporal experience of the whole. Dahlstrand´s paintings ask the viewers to look closely, allow their eyes to adjust, and experience both the exterior as well as the interior space of the picture.

Marie Dahlstrand (b. 1973) lives and works in Gothenburg. She received her MFA from the Valand Academy of Art, Gothenburg (1998). Selected exhibitions include Flat and Spatial, Galleri Thomassen (2017), Paper Cuts, Tripp Gallery, London, UK, (2017), Lilla Göteborg, Raum Vollreinigung, Berlin, Germany (2017), Off the cuff, Galleri NB, Viborg, Denmark (2016), The Endless Coloured Ways, Galleri Tegel, Jönköping (2015), Dear Bedfellows Dear Painting, Fullersta Gård, Stockholm (2014), In Between Days, Galleri Thomassen (2013). She is the recipient of numerous grants, including The Swedish Art´s Grants committee´s working grant. Her work is represented in multiple private and public collections, including The National Public Art Council, Västerås Art Museum and Gothenburg City Council. She is represented by Galleri Thomassen.

Image: Marie Dahlstrand, Dropped line, 2018, spray, acrylic and oil on canvas, 135 x 135 cm (53.15 x 53.15 inches)

Sara Möller

We are please to present Annexus, Sara Möller´s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition is centered on a monumental new bronze piece in an installation, together with ceramic sculptures made during her artist in residence in Jingdezhen, China last year.

Möller’s sculptural pieces reveals a great sensitivity to the possibilities of the material. The nature of her work comes through both in her process and use of materials as well as imagery, combining abstract biomorphic forms with casted everyday objects. They evoke living forms such as plants and the human body. The sculptures unwind in an improvisational, meandering manner that implies growth and constant change, reflecting also her process of sculpting the pieces, often using both her hands and feet.

The bronze piece was made possible with the support from Konstnärsnämnden (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee).

Sara Möller (b. 1982) lives and works in Gothenburg. She received her MFA from HDK – The School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg (2009). She has exhibited extensively across Sweden, most recently at Ronneby Konsthall, Ronneby (2018) Gallery Domeij, Stockholm, (2017), Höganäs Museum, Höganäs (2017), Färgfabriken, Stockholm (2017) and has been awarded a number of major scholarships, including Becker’s Art Grants (2013). This spring she received the Gothenburg City Cultural Grant. Her work is represented in multiple private and public collections, including The National Public Art Council.

Image: Sara Möller, Transfer, 2017, glazed porcelain and metal.