A certain blue enters your soul – Katrin Fridriks at JD Malat
The JD Malat Gallery reopens with a dynamic solo exhibition A certain blue enters your soul, by Icelandic painter Katrin Fridriks. From April 12 to May 9, 2021, A certain blue enters your soul will present the most recent body of work by Fridriks which focuses on the centrality of blue in our universal histories.
Aiming to highlight the role of the JD Malat Gallery as an encompassing space allowing the London public to reconnect after the period of confinement, the exhibition is made up of 14 major new works and accompanied by a text by the writer Sebastian Di Giovanni. (Back to top – Katrin Fridriks, Cosmic Stargate – Portal activation, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 165 + 5 cm).
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Inspired by the multifaceted symbolism of blue, from its representative and material value in art to its ubiquitous presence around the world, this new body of work seeks to underscore the all-encompassing and connective power of blue in terms of natural meaning. , cultural and historical. The title of the exhibition recalls the work and words of the French artist Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). Recognized for his intense colourism and his use of blue, Matisse pioneered the revolutionary use of color as an index of emotion or expression. Framing his work under Matisse’s well-known phrase “a certain blue enters your soul”, Fridriks endeavors to emphasize the enduring role of blue in a larger discussion of the oneness of being.
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Crediting his influence to such figures as the Persian poet Rumi (1207 – 1273), the English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxely (1894 – 1963) as well as the American astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996), the work of Fridriks to date has presented a unique fusion between art and their various branches of research. Informed by their various discussions of natural and otherworldly forces, as well as their theoretical discussions of the oneness of being, Fridriks takes a meditative approach to the creative process.
Fridriks often listens to electronic music, which allows him to bring different energies and frequencies to the viewer through swirling and explosive forms. Fridriks also masters the preparation of his materials, carefully controlling the density of his paintings so that they react with each other. From there, she calculates the speed and angle at which she will throw her materials onto the canvas.
For Fridriks, the blue that runs through his work serves as a universal point of connection and refers to the larger notion of oneness as discussed by Rumi, Sagan and Huxely. Whether you are exploring nature, art history, culture, philosophy or science, blue transcends tangible and intangible boundaries around the world and serves as a critical meeting point between different fields and branches of thought; ‘Whether applied crudely in a cave wall in the African plains hundreds of thousands of years ago, imprinted for eternity in an immortal fresco masterpiece from ancient Rome or the Florence of Renaissance, or used on a canvas in a modern Parisian workshop, blue and its shades have always deeply linked to the human soul.‘- Sebastian Di Giovanni
The theme of connectivity in play in Some blue goes into your pennyI count more than ever. As a connecting color in its historical, philosophical and cultural significance, the blue running through the exhibition will provide a tranquil space for the public to come together after the extended period of distance.
Fridriks’ reputation is based mainly on his paintings and installations, one of which is installed at the Olympic stadium in Nîmes. She also exhibited in Venice in 2015 during the 56th Art Biennale and at the Reykjavik Art Museum, at the Arts Center in Seoul in 2013 as well as at the Liverpool Biennale in 2008. Fridriks has been acquired by several private and public collections. , including Reykjavik Art. Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland and Palais Bénédictine Fécamp, France. Fridriks has also received orders from Ralph Lauren, Land Rover, Bentley, Pictures on Wall, Bacardi Martini and more.
JD Malat Gallery, 30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB
Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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