Utstillingsåpning Camilla Wexels Riser «Disillusionment’s Charms»

Lørdag 23. august kl.19:00
House of Foundation
kart
71 skal
«Disillusionment’s Charms» 23. august - 12. oktober Performance ved Fernanda Branco Musikk ved Trygve Seim Dj Béarnaise Kl. 21.30- 02.00; Lukket arrangement, CC. 200,- Camilla Wexels Riser er en billedkunstner som arbeider med stedsspesifikke installasjoner, land art, tegning og maleri. Som freelance scenograf arbeider hun med dans og teater. Siden 2008 har hun hatt base i Fredrikstad hvor hun har verksted på Hydrogenfabrikken. Wexels Riser´s malerier fokuserer ofte på figurative karakterer iscenesatt i ulike settinger som spesiellt viser utstøtte og disenfranchised . Verkene er oftest utarbeidet rent intuitivt, og starter opp med en tilstand. Gjennom improvisasjon med kull og maling oppstår former og figurasjoner som hun forfølger rent spontant. Maleriene viser drømme / marerittaktige scenarier hvor de skissepregede arbeidene åpner opp for tilskuerens egen tolkning. “ Det er noe forførende med absurde og tabubelagte temaer som vår virkelighet også innebærer, spesielt de som engasjerer vår underbevissthet.” CWR er medlem av Norske Billedkunstnere, Østfold Billedkunstnere og Norske Scenografer. Hun har en bachelor fra Norwegian Academy of Figure Theater (1994), samt post-graduate studie fra NAFT og DAMU i Prag, Tsjekkia (1996). Hun studerte også ved Oslo-Tegne og Male Skole i 1987-88. Wexels Riser har motatt flere stipend fra Norsk Kulturråd og er innkjøpt av Fredrikstad Kommune. -------- Camilla Wexels Risers paintings and ink drawings often focus on figurative characters and settings, particularly outcasts and the disenfranchised, portrayed with features and set in an atmosphere reminiscent of carnivale and the grotesque. They speak to the repressed, back alleyways of our dreams and our ambitions with seductive force. At the same time they radiate an enchanted beauty that transcends the comical images of contemporary commercial consumption. They peel back the cosmetic surface and ask us to look more carefully at the sources of our obsessions and desires. Wexels Riser's creative method/process is intuitive, beginning with an impulse or a condition sketched on the canvas. Thereafter she develops the images in layers, combining thinned paint, charcoal, spray paint, pastels, and chalk; occasionally extending into constructions. In this manner the work emerges without much preconception but as a dynamic improvisation. One of the distinguishing characteristics of «Disillusionment's Charms», aside from the sheer scale of the paintings––most are 220cm high by 270–440cm wide––is that the conceptual framework was decided in advance. The process has remained improvisational, yet there is a thematic thread that links the compositions. The motifs explore compact dramaturgies, absurd associations, scenes and tableaux drawn from en entire life cycle from conception through childhood, aging, death and rebirth. The results, while obscure, are nonetheless in keeping with the intention, even if the manifestations have more of an autobiographical quality then first envisioned. To be sure, there are no linear narratives to be found, nor clear-cut progression to follow. The paintings comprise rather a series of stations or circumstances reflecting aspects of a life half lived. In this regard we may view the portraits of «Disillusionment's Charms» as autobiographical portraits of Wexels Riser's subconscious life. At the same time, the mythological qualities of the characters offer a more universal form of access. The very obscurity of the narratives is also their enchantment and their strength. Who these characters may be and what the situations represent are readily willing to inhabit or reflect the journeys of the observers. The exhibition's title is imbued with irony. For what can be charming about disillusionment? Yet disillusionment may also be liberating. Our expectations and desires are not always in our own best interest, nor are they always realistic. Victor Hugo once proclaimed that melancholy is the pleasure of being sad. Surely, disillusionment harbors romantic qualities of its own. Once the illusion is revealed we are often wiser as a result, even empowered to transcend the expectations within which we were previously bound. This may not always be the case but, as with much of life, the onus is upon us to make of it what we will. Camilla Wexels Riser is an artist creating site-specific installations, paintings, and designing scenography, costumes, and figures for dance and theatre projects. Born in Malaga, Spain to a Norwegian mother and English father, she moved to Fredrikstad, Norway in 2008. Her activities have been based from ArtusWorks studio in the Hydrogenfabrikken arts complex since 2010. A member of Norwegian Visual Artists (NBK) and Norwegian Scenographers (NSc), Wexels Riser has a bachelor of fine arts from the Norwegian Academy of Figure Theatre (1994), as well as post-graduate studies between NAFT and DAMU in Prague, Czech Republic (1995–96). She previously studied at Oslo Drawing and Painting School (1987–88). Wexels Riser is the recipient of several National Artist Stipends (working, establishing, travel, and diverse), received Fredrikstad municipality's Artist Stipend in 2012 and 2013, and has had several paintings purchased by public collections. ******* Camilla Wexels Riser er en kunstner som maner fram syner fra ubevisst liv. Fantasier og visjoner virvles opp tilsynelatende uanstrengt ,men er samtidig insisterende og nesten besvergende i formen. Kunstneren går ikke av veien for å bore i det smertefulle. Dette er ikke en piknik i skjærgården. Med malerisk kraft og uredd løssloppenhet iscenesettes marerittaktige opptog og tablåer. Vi trekkes inn i en malstrøm av bilder fra grenseområdene for vår eksistens. Med en personlig stemme og kunsthistoriske referanser er kunstneren ustoppelig i sin utforsking av maleriets muligheter. – fra juryens uttalelse ifm tildeling av Fredrikstad kommunes kunstnerstipend i 2012.