Idun Baltzersen/ Kristie MacDonald

Illusions and Reproductions

19. – 28.06 2015

Opening Friday 19th of June at 7 p.m.

Idun Baltzersen’s work is rooted in an interest in heroines, martyrs and other representations of female figures presented by male genius throughout art history. Motivated by her own bodily limitations, not only physical but restrictions placed on her by society, she explores the relevance of identity and especially the iconography of the young girl. By up scaling found images through woodcuts and different printmaking techniques she forces the teenage girl, with her often reluctant, withdrawn body language, to obtain a larger space and thus become a monument.

Idun Baltzersen (b. 1987 in Trondheim) is currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated with an MFA from Konstfack University College of arts, crafts and design in 2014. Baltzersens work is informed by the repetition of stereotypes in visual culture, and she collects these images and re-draws them. Her works have recently been shown at Moderna Museet (Malmö), Uppsala konstmuseum and RAM Galleri (Oslo). http://idunbaltzersen.com

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Idun Baltzersen: Peace to all the fallen Idols, woodcut (2015).

Kristie MacDonald engages with the archive and the collection in order to explore their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. She is fascinated by the phenomenon of recollection, remembrance and forgetting, which drive the human urge to collect, memorialize and revisit. She has developed an interdisciplinary practice incorporating elements of sculpture, print media, photography, and installation. Her recent work explores duplication, doubling, and repetition in order to investigate meaning making and the physical construction of objects.

Kristie MacDonald (b. 1985) is a visual artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BFA from York University specializing in Archival Studies (2011). She has recently exhibited her work at Reed Collage (Portland OR), Artspace (Peterborough ON), The International Print Center (New York NY), Gallery 44 (Toronto ON). http://www.kristiemacdonald.com

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Kristie MacDonald: Over and Again (detail: found papers), 2015 (In-progress)

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