Exhibition opening Friday 05. of January at 6 p.m.
Daniel Lynau invites the public to walk over, through and into his site-specific drawing installation. In the The Norwegian Drawing Center, Lynau has been given free rein and recreated the gallery space in its own cartoonish image. The drawing tool is black tape, and the line is violent, abstract and free.
Daniel Lynau: My drawings problematize the painterly, where it ranges from narrative stories in smaller formats to large abstract drawings. What is the difference between the line when it forms a figure - and the line as an imprint of an action - drawing as something performative? I decide on a direction in the room and work inwards. I am particularly interested in the transitions between wall and floor. When the line continues from one surface to another, something happens to our perception of space. Through the size and physical presence of the line, the drawing establishes its own environment, its own physical space. By letting the line effortlessly continue between the wall, floor and ceiling, as if it were a flat surface, the room seems almost flat. It is the opposite of what one often tries to achieve with a drawing, to create an illusion of a room. The drawing is large and bodily. It must be experienced through movement in space. When you move inwards, the drawing changes in step with the movements. It is a force in the drawn line. Different attitudes, gestures, speed and temperatures help to define the language of the drawing. What I have drawn is stored in the body and in the hand as experiences. I often try to draw in different ways to expand my own experience archive, to later have a wider range to play on. Eventually the arm remembers that it has drawn before - this is both a strength and a weakness. A strength because it becomes safe, and almost works automatically, a weakness because it becomes safe, and almost works automatically. A large part of the drawing's strength lies in the unexpected .
Daniel Lynau (born 1985) lives and works in Oslo. He has his education from the Oslo Academy of the Arts, Westerdals and Einar Granum art school. Lynau has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Norway and has received various scholarships. The exhibition in The Norwegian Drawing Center is his first solo exhibition in Oslo. The exhibition is supported by Kulturrådet.
Events during the exhibition period
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