Hanneline Røgeberg “Off the Bone”


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Blackston presents Off the Bone, Hanneline Røgeberg’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

What happens when an artist approaches a painting without plan or method, working against her skill, letting accident and incident overgrow the depicted image? — Glenn Ligon

Røgeberg’s painting is complicated, fierce and enlivening. While she is deeply involved in the material challenges of painting, her work is rooted in overarching concerns with the larger picture. It privileges content that operates in the world rather than in self-reference, while always implicating the impurity of both arenas.

The exploration of the fallibility of rhetorical systems reverberates in each of Røgeberg’s new large-scale and smaller oil paintings, which continue to resist clear assignation to abstraction or representation.

Concrete points of departure — traumatic historical events, the collective nostalgia and cultural narrative of her native Norway, corporal gestures associated with revolution and overturn — operate as underpinnings in recent work. Loaded content is then stripped of its perceptual boundaries so that the viewer perceives abstracted, interruptive markings, punctures and traces – veils of history, memory and social legacies (gone wrong and forever irreconcilable). A leg, a mountainside, a building’s spire: what remains evident to the viewer alludes to the murkiness of systems and symbols — an ironclad unreliability of image.

Røgeberg’s work resists easy definition: it asks the viewer to simultaneously engage in its mastery and its taut, effective and original narrative about painting, process and language. Her practice combines a command of, and dispensing with, European painting tradition, and an earnest application of its processes toward a problematized contemporary painting.



from September 12, 2015 to October 31, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-12 from 18:00 to 20:00

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