White Linen

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White Linen

Hälsingegatan 33
SE-113 31 Stockholm
August 22nd, 2013 - September 13th, 2013
Opening: August 22nd, 2013 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Thurs-Sat 2-6pm
sculpture, installation, performance


Every scent tells a story,

White Linen captures the very essence of a perfect day—early spring breezes tinged with the fragrance of fresh flowers and endless blue sky.

It evokes the crispness of clean sheets, the coolness of white flowers and fresh greenery. Bulgarian Rose, Violet and Orris blossoms lend a kind of natural elegance that transcends the seasons. *


By the time you walk up to the ocean
the wave has already disappeared **


White Linen starts with perfection. The show is complete; all the works have arrived and are installed and arranged, neatly hung. Everything is clean. The paper-stacks are untouched, the works look flawless and polished. It is light still. The colours have a pure fresh glow, and there are great shapes, great healthy shapes from the ceiling to the floor.

But how do you preserve perfection? The opening show at Minibar for the fall season of 2013 thinks about our desire to look fresh and forever young, and why purity became a principle for beauty. (It is a failing project of course, you can always look better, be better.) The works at display embodies a delicate exploration of strength and vulnerability, shortcomings and power. 

Strict and formal aesthetics are mixed with sensual elements. Fragrant perfumes are diluted with hard alcohol or just watered down; abstract shapes perform an almost erotic play on thin poles but in an unattainable fashion. The works in the show put an emphasis on the surface of things, but as an effect, sensitivity and humanity (in materials or emotions) have to succumb to the dominance of strict frameworks—marble balls behind colour infused glass or tightened layers of soft fabric.

Through elementary shapes, colour and material arrangements or read out words, White Linen strips down idealized abstractions into works that when translated into real forms tells as much about a work’s (or human’s) limits and flaws than its possibilities or content. With concretizations of expectations you step out of the autonomous sphere of potential. Into the real world, where no real perfection exists, and where you do not get any younger.

With White Linen, Minibar begins its second year. Each new season feeling like a blank canvas, maybe this year extra much so.

* http:// www. esteelauder .com/ 
** Geraldine Connolly – The Entropy of Pleasure, 1990


James Clarkson, b. 1987 in Liverpool. Lives and works in Sheffield UK. Graduated from Sheffield Hallam University. Recent Solo exhibitions include Automatic, Jeanroch Dard, Paris, 2013, Twin Tone Lustre, DREI, Cologne, 2013, Pavilion, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, 2012, Abstracts for a Cascade Garden, Supplement Gallery, London, 2012, A Painted Sun as a Yellow Spot, Rod Barton Gallery, London, 2012, Comedian, Corinthian, Caricature, Public House Projects, London, 2012.

Jan S. Hansen, b. 1980 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Abstract Sports Copenhagen, IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013, H2O, IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012, An Øje At The Hole, The Hole, New York, US, 2012, Not in my Backyard, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, DK, 2012, FORCE OF NATURE: The Witch Makes A weird Potion And Laughs Out Loud, MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, DK, 2011

Hanne Lippard, b. 1984 in Milton Keyes, UK. Graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Nord, Berlin, Germany, Suvi Lehtinen Gallery, Berlin, Germany (in collaboration with Kati Kärki), TETO Projects, Amsterdam, Holland and Spike Island, Bristol, UK. Recent performances at Badische Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, ARCO, Madrid, Spain, The Showroom, London, UK, Frutta Gallery, Rome, Italy, Poesia en Voz, Mexico City, Mexico.
Hanne Lippard has been most recently shortlisted for the inaugural Berlin Art Prize