Club Mood Swing
June 15 - July 13, 2013
Young Art is pleased to announce Club Mood Swing, a solo exhibition by Stephen Aldahl. The opening reception will be held Saturday June 15th from 7-10pm and the show will remain on view through July 13, 2013.
For Club Mood Swing, Aldahl presents a group of new paintings on door-shaped canvases accompanied by an installation.
The door, a practical structure designed for a body to enter or exit while also possessing the symbolic weight of a passageway between worlds, in this case imposes an immediate obstruction as the images portrayed in Aldahl's paintings seem to extend horizontally beyond the confines of the canvas. Amorphous forms of subdued color create scenes of disorienting pastoral landscapes, bodies colliding, and architectural structures against uncertain surroundings. Most traces of painterly expression have been suppressed and while these surreal pictorial compositions move toward representation, their final image remains suspended. Vaguely alluding to larger narratives the way a mural would illustrate great histories or epic sagas the paintings fail to intimate any story.
For the installation, Aldahl has modified the gallery by concealing it's distinguishing characteristics (the floor, windows and wooden pillars) with white masonite panels taped at the seams. Economical and ambient, the technique is reminiscent of art fair booths and other temporary exhibition spaces. Aldahl's gesture results in an improvised sensory environment which induces the experience of viewing the paintings while simultaneously asserting the frivolity of the act itself.
The formal conflicts in the paintings and contradicting effects of the installation only intensify the transformational quality of the work.