Almine Rech is pleased to present Erik Lindman's seventh solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from September 4 to October 2, 2021.
These new paintings are dedicated to the early 19th century Norwegian Romantic painter Peder Balke, whom Erik Lindman describes as a fellow bricoleur: Balke utilized balled up rags, strié swipes—a host of decorative painting tricks, to execute his fantasy-charged Northern landscapes. “Balke’s paintings are not overstated at all,” Lindman argues “they are the result of a man using what is at hand…” positioning this little known Scandinavian in line with contemporary practices that open the pictorial to signs appropriated from everywhere, adjacent vocabularies to far-ﬂung syntactical realms.
In Lindman’s works there has almost always been a prize at the center, something retrieved from elsewhere then repurposed within, providing a subject, ﬁgure or contrast with the surrounding frontal plane, be it painted or another surface, such as plywood or burlap.
— Joe Fyfe, painter and writer