Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to announce Merman, Fredrik Vaerslev’s third exhibition with the gallery.
Central to Værslev’s practice is the detour, and even the avoidance of the artist’s gesture. In his works, he employs marks that range from colloquial appropriations to those that find bedfellows in painting’s past. Often leaving his paintings outdoors, Værslev conflates these references with the uncertainty of nature, undermining his own decided actions and moves and allowing the works to accrue the accidental traces of weather - like turpentine gone sour, or monochromes corroded into color fields. As they become inextricably tied to the environment in which they were created, abstraction gradually expands into the representation of real objects and phenomena.
In his most recent body of works, Værslev envelops his own practice as a material, literally stitching together elements belonging to his past series – both canopy paintings, which resemble commercial awnings, and monochromes. Recombined, these retrospective compositions verge on figurative, likening themselves to boat sails, some of which are even adorned with maritime insignia. The works situate themselves as an autobiographical conceit, further tying the constituent abstract elements to a collaborative network of intention, history, and chance.
Fredrik Værslev’s work is currently the subject of a traveling exhibition titled All Around Amateur, on view at Le Consortium, Dijon, curated by Anne Pontégnie, through February 17, 2017, originated at Bergen Kunsthall, curated by Martin Clark, 2016. Other solo exhibitions include: Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, 2016, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2015, CAC – Passerelle, Brest, 2015, and The Power Station, Dallas, 2014.