Extractions of eternity.
Small formats can contain vast spaces. We learn this from the recent exhibition at Gallery Adular in Söderhamn which consists exclusively of oil paintings measuring 24 by 30 centimeters.
Exhibition: Rebecca Partridge, Gallery Adular, Söderhamn, from 5.2 to 2.3.
The artist Rebecca Partridge was educated in London and currently works both there and in Berlin. She gathers inspiration for her paintings from her many travels in different countries and environments.
On the 27th of December we printed a reportage on these pages about her stay in Iceland, written by a journalist who met her there.
Between the 5th of February and the 2nd of March Gallery Adular in Söderhamn will be showing 18 of her oil paintings, all measuring 24 by 30 centimeters, all so compressed that they make the walls in the small gallery seem spacious.
The small format has the effect of a whisper in a large room, one is forced to concentrate and listen. And it isn't hard to understand what it is Rebecca Partridge is trying to convey.
Despite the small format she is unafraid to turn her gaze towards the infinite universe, straight forward into the expanse of the landscape she's in or even inwards, with curiosity towards the core of the diamond. She shows us the particles that make up our world and the endless possibilities of life in it.
To fully experience the force of a winter night's inconceivable bustle of stars, one must seek towards landscapes of natural darkness, like the ones Rebecca Partridge found in the previously mentioned Iceland. To then be able to depict the breathtaking experience of the darkness and the myriad stars in the sky, it takes a great deal of skill, and I think she succeeds. Particularly so in the painting Universe, that unfortunately can't be experienced justly in newspaper print, but needs to be seen.
In the same way I am taken in by the painting Diamonds (White), in which she depicts light breaking in a diamond so acutely that it feels like all the specters of the concentrated sunlight strikes the eye, full force.
I imagine India to contain something of the diametrical opposite landscapes to Iceland. From there she depicts a sunrise in full blossom and manages to illustrate the relentless light and heat from the sun in such a way that it feels like a slight burn.
Gallery Adular have during their first year of business established a high level of ambition by showing examples of excellent contemporary art, both local and international.