All around us things happens and disappear, every moment is racing, and future is soon named past. Everything occur between the ninety degrees separating space and time. Our reality follow rules, and some of them we take as answers, for we fear what is unknown. But what if we decide to allow things to float as weightless, to let a second last an hour, and in that time give ourselves the chance to indulge on what we missed?
Suddenly we step in a place where there are no clocks, we walk in a street which leads nowhere and anywhere we want, we are in a room where what we can catch and touch is not just things but an atmosphere. A moment, suspended, leaning on a world that can be real or can belong to dreams, but that now has a door that can be crossed. That door is a picture, a shape, a word and what is behind answers to no rules that we had known before.
Suspended tries to convoy this atmosphere, to channel this tangible feeling through the work of three very different practitioners. What in fact couldn’t easily be shared by abstract painting, street photography and figurative drawing is partaken in a delicate and effortless way by Malin Gabriella Nordin, Andrea Sonnenberg and Alina Vergnano. Among these three extremely talented young female artists, their personal styles and paths there is — in fact — a cross—section, a point of contact in which their unique works touch and it’s there that this exhibition is taking place.
The intersections can’t look as obvious as when these three are juxtaposed. It’s then that incredible things start to happen and the obvious distances seem zeroed. The fading brushstrokes by Malin Gabriella Nordin may complete the solitude of schoolgirl alone on a Japanese beach shot by Andrea Sonnenberg while a word written on a delicate and corrugate ceramic moulded by Alina Vergnano seems reflecting upon it all. Time is still as the imaginary of these three artists slowly bonds and crossfades enhancing on one side each other’s strong personalities, while underlining the unique moment they share.
Malin Gabriella Nordin (Sweden, 1987) lives and works in Stockholm. Nordin’s art is delicately abstract and her visionary works can easily spread in a multidisciplinary way from canvas to paper as in textiles and sculpture. Her language speaks a tongue of shades and delicate asymmetries, her works have a unique atmosphere and her touch is clearly recognisable. From black and whites to the most colourful works her vision is the one of dreams and her works seem like floating and swimming in a liquid universe, where the rules of physics do not apply anymore and where we are allowed only by her paintings, as if peeking from narrow openings. Nordin has exhibited extensively in the past years including solo and collective shows at Gallery Steinsland—Berliner in Stockholm, Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice and Ed. Varie in New York.
Andrea Sonnenberg (U.S.A., 1990) lives and works in San Francisco. Sonneberg’s photography originates straight from the streets of the Bay Area and from a background in tagging and street vandalism with the moniker Teen Witch which worth her being referred as “Killing it” by Barry McGee himself. The atmosphere and world she depicts is the one of the Contemporary American documentary and street photography while her touch remains unique and incredibly strong. Her pictures are in fact brutal and delicate at once, they explore the world around her in the most simple and unfiltered way still irradiating a poetry which is the one only great photographers have. Sonnenberg has exhibited extensively in North American’s galleries and in Europe at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen. In 2011 she’s been featured in the survey Art In The Streets by MOCA Los Angeles.
Alina Vergnano (Italy, 1989) lives and works in Gothenburg. Vergnano’s practice spreads from ink drawings to epic sized murals and delicate ceramics. Her rough lines and delicate touches, her drips and often bare black and white images mirrors a language which is the one of the spirit. Her imaginary has in fact the nature of an extremely personal and yet universal self introspection and capacity to channel in an often astounding way the human and often feminine world. From despair to bliss, her works irradiate a unique expressivity and ability to eliminate the superfluous, not a single brushstroke could be removed from her ink drawings as the words which often accompany her paintings and ceramics complete what it could be easily defined as a delicate poetry by images and a minimalist survey of the spirit. She has exhibited and participated to numerous mural festivals and exhibitions in Europe and Asia, including Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, India and Taiwan.