Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me? – Samuel Beckett
The Company is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Stockholm based painter Sigrid Sandström. Hide-outs is Sandström’s second solo exhibition with The Company, and will be on view from October 4 – November 5. An opening reception will take place at the gallery, located at 955 Chung King Road on Tuesday, October 4, from 6-8pm.
In her newest paintings, Sandström has abandoned the remnants of landscape and still life visible in her previous works, with an interest in the experience between the paintings and the viewer. Here, Sandström has less a specific outcome, but a desire to embrace and revel in the obscurities and the lost tracks between the process of making and viewing. Whereas her earlier works sought to articulate place, still tied to more formal conceptions of painting, Sandström has embraced the beauty of allowing nothingness, or elusiveness, to dominate. Yet the specifics and experiential encounters with places, particularly the remote and non-inhabited continues to exert an influence in her mindset.
Sandström’s paintings are associated with silence, in which a theoretical condition can only find imperfect form within the real world. Similarly the condition of nothing will inevitably be compromised. These works, like silence, are ignited only in the presence of life. Sandström’s work forces you to question the negation, her intent not being to necessarily compel an answer or a solution, but immerse yourself in the quiet, in the unforeseen, the unmanageable.
Sigrid Sandström is the 2008 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, as well as the 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. She received her MFA from Yale University of Art, New Haven, CT. Prior to that she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME and The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY, and received her BFA from Adademie Minerva, Gronigen. Sandström’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Moderna Museet Stockholm, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Ulrich Museum of Art Wichita and Yale University Art Gallery. She has taught as an Assistant Professor in Studio Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Sandström currently holds post as Professor of Fine Arts/Painting at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.