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Grethe Sørensen – Feelings of Light on a Dark Night in Tokyo

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*Featured photo: Grethe Sørensen, Light Relfection V, 2021. Photo: Bo Hovgaard. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maria Wettergren

GALERIE MARIA WETTERGREN – PA R I S
10 September – 29 October, 2022
Opening: Saturday 10 September 2022, 6 PM – 9 PM

Galerie Maria Wettergren is delighted to announce the solo exhibition Feelings of Light on a Dark Night in Tokyo by Danish artist Grethe Sørensen, in which a new series of wall tapestries and an important video installation will be exhibited for the first time.

Emerging from the artist’s personal experience with city light after nightfall in Tokyo, Sørensen has transformed the Nippon metropolis, with its busy traffic lights, into soft, pulsating weavings entitled Light Reflections (2021-2022).

Far from figurative representations of the city’s illuminations, these mesmerizing wall tapestries, with their ample and vibrating colors on dark backgrounds, are abstract reflections of headlights and traffic lights on a discarded aluminum plate, discovered by the artist on one of Tokyo’s bustling roads. Fascinated by the rich and ever-changing patterns and colors of light, she first recorded the scenes in video together with film director, Bo Hovgaard, before meticulously translating the pixels of light into subtle patterns of woven threads on a Jacquard loom. Through her process, Sørensen explores the optical and emotional impact of light and color, and although her weavings take their starting point in video recordings, they reveal themselves to be singularly different at a closer distance. The woven pixels create a vibrant illusion of threedimensionality, in which light is modulated into soft, nebulous reliefs through the artist’s virtuoso use of different threads. Time seems to gain a slower pace, whilst the observer explores the amazing richness of detail in the weavings. By thus creating a timeless image of ephemeral light, Sørensen demonstrates her great sense of artistic composition and technical control.

GRETHE SØRENSEN Random Weave Close Up IV - VII, 2022 Jacquard weaving 69 x 71 cm each Unique pieces

Through her process, Sørensen explores the optical and emotional impact of light and color, and although her weavings take their starting point in video recordings, they reveal themselves to be singularly different at a closer distance. The woven pixels create a vibrant illusion of three- dimensionality, in which light is modulated into soft, nebulous reliefs through the artist’s virtuoso use of different threads. Time seems to gain a slower pace, whilst the observer explores the amazing richness of detail in the weavings. By thus creating a timeless image of ephemeral light, Sørensen demonstrates her great sense of artistic composition and technical control.

With their vivid mix of colors and materials, Sørensen takes her exploration of the woven structure even further in her Random Weave Close Up works (2022).

Representing enlarged woven threads from zoomed-in extracts of the Light Reflections tapestries, the artist builds a relief of variable palettes, thread by thread, with just eight colors – red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white – crossing and overlapping in a form of mise en abyme, a self-reflection of process, weaving the woven, so to speak.

Through this sublimation of the woven structure, Sørensen demonstrates her fascination with the transition from analogue to digital tools that she has experienced as an artist. In the artist’s words, “It was the opening to a new world, both for my artistic expression and for the technical and production possibilities of the weave”