New Paintings

Eva Nielsen

05.05.2016 - 19.07.2016

The Pill® is pleased to present the first solo show in Turkey of Paris based Danish-French painter Eva Nielsen.
Former student of Philippe Cognée at the Ecole École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Eva Nielsen has distinguished herself by the immediate elaboration of her own pictorial language. Eva Nielsen’s paintings speak of places abandoned by humankind, where, as she puts it herself «the human being is banned, only his absence or traces of his presence remains.» Mixing a toned down palette with geometric elements taken from brutalist architecture, urban environment or ruins, working on the same canvas with both oil and screen-print, the artist evolves at the threshold of figurative and abstract painting. Eva Nielsen’s paintings are constructed by a succession of layers of matter and images: landscapes in the background are slightly out of focus and in contradiction with elements in the foreground.
The “post-apocalyptical” imagery present in Eva Nielsen’s work holds also a great amount of hope. It is as if anything is possible, as if a new chance is being given to the humankind, or on the contrary to nature to live in peace without the violent interaction of people.
Nobody. In the middle of nowhere.
Snow, earth, dirt. But also swings, football nets, advertising boards. Elements of her paintings are taken from the surrounding scenery, from her backyard to the paradigmatic contrasted landscape of Paris suburbs where she lives.
The scenery is familiar to us: a snowy landscape, an abandoned urban zone, Californian deserted suburbs…
Seen from the train, it appears like a moving image of an amalgam of concrete, nature and void, giving an impression of «déjà vu».This impression is emphasized by the redundant use of an all-over screen-print that blurs the landscape and alters the viewers perception in a game of black-transparency.
The matters are passing through it, then the surface is scraped and the dirt blown away. Despite the figurative, what you are looking at is not obvious. One has to spend the time to properly grasp what is given on the canvas, in order to tune with its layered temporality. Taken as a fundamental condition of seeing the luring apparatus of vision, Eva Nielsen generates trompe-lʼoeil representations grounded in the everyday experience of image production: the digital condition of the image is her permanent shift between the invisible and the optical illusion. Taking up the in-between spaces generated by the flaws of our vision allows realities where our senses are blurred beyond the comfort zone of our perception.
Danish-French figurative and abstract artist born in 1983. Lives and works in Paris. Nielsen has exhibited all over Europe and her work has been acquired by Mac/Val Museé dʼArt Contemporain, France, Fonds Municipal dʼArt Contemporain, France, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and by the
Collection dʼart Contemporain de la Société Générale, France and many other private collections worldwide.
Her recent solo shows include exhibitions in Switzerland, France and Norway, Wales and the UK. Recently she has participated in group shows in France, Slovakia, Russia, Spain, USA and Portugal. Her most significant residences include La Pratique (France), LKV (Norway), PLOT (France), École Supérieure d’Art et Design (France) and the École des Beaux-arts de Toulouse.

A text by Arlène Berceliot Courtin will be published for the exhibition.

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