Katrin Fridriks | Milan, Italy
Forces of Nature
Dellupi Arte gallery, via A. Spinola 8A, Milan, Italy
November 30, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Forces of Nature, the first personal exhibition of the artist in 2017 is curated by Ilaria Porotto and will introduce the public to Fridriks most recent cycle of paint. Presenting the most recent artworks by the artist, “Forces of Nature” show will shed a new light on Katrin Fridriks creative process and offer new keys to the meaning of her body of work.
“Fridriks paintings store the energy that went into their creation. An energy that is reactivated each time you view them.” Dr. Klaus Speidel
Fridriks invites her public to get immersed in her fragmented landscapes and animated universes painted by her own throwing gesture; there is a strongly felt force while looking at her creations. Through her paintings, Fridriks plays with scales & perception and one’s vision becomes distorted beyond the canvas. Katrin Fridriks is challenging our usual way of looking at things, just as Nature is unpredictable.
“My creativity builds on Nature’s endless ability to surprise, from Mother Earth to Interstellar Space, the forces of Nature you find in every part of the galaxies. Most of my aesthetic originates from viewing our planet’s wonders and extreme phenomena driven by the same energy, impulsed by speed & gravity; they are the core of my work, both technically and mentally.” Katrin Fridriks
“Katrin Fridriks – Forces of Nature” First monograph
The show will coincide with the launch of the artist first monograh “Katrin Fridriks – Forces of Nature”, published by Dellupi Arte Gallery and prefaced by Luigi Dellupi, founder of the gallery, along with an introduction by Ilaria Porotto.
Running over a decade of creation through 250 pages, this monograph gathers several critical quotes by Pierre Restany and Dr. Klaus Speidel, and features statements by the artist.
Pierre Restany to Fridriks (April 2003): “[…] I realize you have the idea of introducing and involving politics in a story through paintings. […] Seeing the way you organize your paintings in sequences or in verses like a discourse, you are at the limit between writing and graphics, painter gesture and semantics; (this is) the limit where you start to read a painting! You have, as those people who work language by both verb and gesture, the ability of extracting large syntheses, with a strong power of impacts on the reader. […] This is a work on the rhythm, the impulse of writing. Filtered through your own reflection, this has become an autonomous language. Those who can, even today, survive, and basically represent the conscience and active nostalgia of this view, existing in your paintings, are those who truly become great visionaries”.
Throwing light on Katrin Fridriks abstract universe and astonishing creations, and highlighted by Ilaria Porotto analysis, this book explains how Katrin Fridriks work brings new perspective and an innovative dimension to abstraction.
About the artist
Katrin Fridriks born in 1974 – Reykjavik (Iceland) is an abstract painter. Her brisk personality & inexhaustible inner energy accurately question our technology-based contemporary time. With her own touch of irony and information at play, she explores forces that mould our society and raises controversial and political themes.
Her artistic process looks for stimulating people memory and consciousness. Her Icelandic roots have aroused this curiosity, primarily for the four elements -air, fire, earth & water- powerfully displayed by volcanoes, geysers & glaciers, and have shaped her way to comprehend nature & life. „Energy flow“ in situ installation captures and translates part of this extreme & intense landscape.