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Observations from a Distance by Karin Johansson in New Zealand

Exhibition  /  04 Jun 2020  -  20 Jun 2020
Published: 06.06.2020
Karin Johansson. Necklace: Garden, 2018. Acrylic, gold. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Garden, 2018
Acrylic, gold
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Intro
In February/March 2020, Karin Johansson was Artist in Residence at Dunedin School of Art. Her exhibition and artist talk at The National were scheduled for April, but due to the pandemic, Karin had to return to Sweden. The National are sorry not to be able to host her here in person, but very pleased to be able to show her exhibition this month.
Contact the gallery for a list of works here.
  / Caroline Billing director of The National
 

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Karin Johansson
Sun, wind, flight, water, garden, fire, shells, structure, balance…
Let go, follow, and trust. See limitations as an asset, not an obstacle.
Follow gravity, look for a balance. Observe rather than analyze.
On a journey, in the middle of something.

/ Karin Johansson

Observations from a Distance is a selection of works taking inspiration from the surroundings and memories of places and imaginary pictures.

The first line of the poem refers to names of pieces in the group on show at The National and hints at the landscapes and weather that inspired their making. At the same time titles of the pieces also to speak a more universal language, in order to invite to a broader understanding and varying interpretations.

Observations from a Distance refers to working from this place of memory as well as the distant horizon lines of a place and landscape where time is often spent. Even in the studio, keeping a little distance from the work, to observe it from a distance, and try and allow the work to evolve and breathe for itself, in an attempt to observe rather than analyzewhich is another type of distance.

In the creative process of Karin Johansson gravity and balance are always central aspects in the work. Playing with the placement and composition to achieve directions and movement in the pieces. By making the holes in different places, you also achieve lines, energy and a more active approach.

All the pieces included in the exhibition are made from gold, acrylic and colored aluminium. The series is a continuation from earlier work with coloured materials (“Abstractions of a City”). As always when working, a frame is set, kind of rules to work from. This time, among other things, three materials and no soldering. By using fewer tools,  aiming to achieve more simple solutions to the work and in the long run, altogether a stronger visual language.
 
Observations from a Distance was created and developed in 2018-2020.



With support from the Swedish Art Grants Committee:
Karin Johansson. Necklace: Wind and Garden, 2018. Acrylic, thread and Acrylic, gold.. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Wind and Garden, 2018
Acrylic, thread and Acrylic, gold.
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Karin Johansson. Necklace: Pink, 2019. Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Pink, 2019
Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.
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Karin Johansson. Necklace: Water, 2019. Anodized aluminum, acrylic.. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Water, 2019
Anodized aluminum, acrylic.
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Karin Johansson. Necklace: Sun, 2018. Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.. On model. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Sun, 2018
Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.

On model

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Karin Johansson. Necklace: Structure, 2019. Acrylic. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Structure, 2019
Acrylic
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Karin Johansson. Necklace: Flower, 2018. Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.. Karin Johansson
Necklace: Flower, 2018
Anodized aluminum, gold, acrylic.
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