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Sunbreak: Between the Poles:Ylva Kunze
April 27, 2017 - April 30, 2017
27-30April 2017: Private View 27th 6-8pm
Republic Gallery www.republic.london
2 Clove Crescent E14 2BE East India Dock
Swedish born contemporary artist’s first East London solo show in the exciting gallery space at Republic, East India Dock .
Ylva Kunze, who settled in London after living in Los Angeles and New York. Tutored by the painter Peter Doig as a young student, she went on to complete her masters at Chelsea College of Art and later shared studio space with Damian Hirst, Chantal Joffe and Marcus Harvey.
Kunze exhibits in both London and Stockholm and her work was recently celebrated with a major solo exhibition at the Nässjö Konsthall, Småland to the South of Sweden. A rural area, scattered with lakes and wild woodlands, Småland is also the location of Kunze’s childhood and her “torp”, her traditional summer cottage.
Kunze will be showing new work where she is exploring the tension between the two polarities. Dynamic movements on the large canvases are inviting you into the woodland of her native Småland. Inspired by the landscape she knows so well, Kunze’s paintings capture fleeting glimpses of light, air and movement between the birches and tall pines or on the ever-shifting surface of the water. For Kunze these are mystical spaces that speak of earthly polarities, of fragility and strength, near and far, black and white. It is what lies between these opposites that is significant, as it is here that life’s energy actually lies: in the tension between the benign and malign, nature and intellect, chance and control, the rooted and the restless.
Reminding you of photographic snapshots, Kunze’s paintings capture forever the moment of a millisecond.
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