Thordis Adalsteinsdottir at Salon STUX NY
Salon STUX West is pleased to present out of the deep , new paintings by Thordis Adalsteinsdottir. This is the seventh solo exhibition of Thordis’ work at STUX. It also will inaugurate the gallery’s new Salon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Thordis is ever on the hunt beneath the surface of our world. In these new works, she rewards us with details both new and familiar – among them, the all-seeing-eye of a globular security camera above a bathtub in Getting Out , a disembodied shrimp tail in Sausage, Shrimp, and Man , and a woman indifferently lactating in Revenge .
One of the most striking elements in these new works is the sprawling fields of drawers populating the walls within several paintings, such as Cat Smoking , People in Action . Thordis’ works are notorious for her mastery of patterns and plains of repetition, but here the staccato of the drawers and their knobs creates something new and mystical in her work. As the eye travels through the painting, the mind flickers between flatness and unprecedented depth. These stacked towers of leaning drawers could be hiding an infinity, or they could be false signifiers, tacked onto nothingness. Instead of a fixation on wallpaper and textile, we find Thordis exploring space and the means of containing it, layering it, giving it mass.