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65a Bredgade
st. th. 1260
København K
February 1st, 2013 - March 16th, 2013
Opening: February 1st, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

+45 26 16 36 71
Wed-Fri 12-6, Sat 11-3


David Risley Gallery is proud to announce our first solo show of James Aldridge in
Representation of the natural world is central to James Aldridge’s work. How we
relate to images of nature and the folklore and superstitions that surrounds them
affect our reading of these images. The crow, which repeatedly features in
Aldridge’s work, has long been seen as an ominous portent. Rather than a simple
representation of a bird, the image of the crow carries with it myriad
In Aldridge’s work a tension between the real and fantastic is revealed and
establishes a compelling psychological space. The conventions of landscape
representation are abandoned in these paintings — horizons disappear and gravity
and orientation fail to obey the usual rules. Yet connections between these birds,
plants and other animals and the landscape remain, conjuring a strangely
atmospheric result. Tension lies in the interplay between decorative and beautiful
elements and the implied violence of dripping or vomited blood and nightmarish
mutated mandalas. Polyhedral objects exert a gravitational influence on the
compositions, exploding or imploding their space, while rendering these enigmatic
objects both incongruous and pivotal. These enigmatic forms refer to 16th century
explorations of perspective, and like the natural history illustrations that
Aldridge references they come from a time when art and science were more
intimately related to humanistic discovery than postmodern aesthetics.
These elements of Aldridge's imaginaire recall this rich legacy but are
re-established in a hallucinatory world where these disparate characters interact
to make a whole.
James Aldridge was born in the UK in 1971 and lives and works in Småland, Sweden. Recent
solo exhibitions have included Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011), Gabriel Rolt,
Amsterdam (2010); Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid (2009); Suite Gallery, Wellington NZ
(2009) and David Risley Gallery, London (2008). Group exhibitions include First Cut,
Manchester City Art Gallery, Apopcalypse Now, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (2011), Second
Biennial of The Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2009); On that which remains,
Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (2008); PLUS, Museum Wiesbaden (2007)). His painting
Cold Mouth Prayer was commissioned for Tate Modern and he has work in several major
international, private collections. Aldridge holds an MA from the Royal College of Art
and in 1998 was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Fine Art. Upcoming shows include Empty
Distances, Mark Moore Gallery L.A. curated by Caryn Coleman-Mojica, First Cut, Djanogly
Gallery, Nottingham touring to Southampton City Art Gallery and a solo show at Nässjö