DC -- American University -- Katzen Arts Center -- 2018A Winter Exhibit: Erik Thor Sandberg:
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Description of Pictures: Erik Thor Sandberg
January 27 – March 11, 2018
This exhibition features a series of new paintings by American artist Erik Thor Sandberg within the context of selected earlier works. Sandberg is known internationally for pushing the skillful illusionism of master oil painting to the current edge of Magic Realism on three-dimensional wood panels of his own design. Grounded in humanism, Sandberg's paintings present a compelling contemporary expression of how people connect with each other, nature and basic elements of life.
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Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
KATSAN_180127_001.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
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Blossom II, 2017
KATSAN_180127_038.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
KATSAN_180127_045.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
Finding Purchase, 2017
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KATSAN_180127_073.JPG: "I paint about less fun parts of life with signs of hope"
-- Erik Thor Sandberg
Erik Thor Sandberg's paintings are a foray into the uncanny. They are strange and uncomfortable, at once foreign and familiar. Depicting what looks like domestic scenes from everyday life rendered in a naturalistic manner and with a masterful technique, Sandberg's works are reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish genre painting. Populated by odd and often menacing-looking characters caught in obscene situations or cruel actions, they produce phantasmagoric and even absurdist scenarios.
Playing off the polarities of compulsion and inertia, prudence and recklessness, humility and humiliation, and violence and vulnerability, they are also about unfulfilled desires, lack of communication, and misunderstanding. They may be considered moral tales not because they preach justice, but because they push the boundaries of what is considered "normal" and socially acceptable and thus raise questions about what constitutes judgment.
Excerpt from the catalogue essay by Vesela Sretenovic
KATSAN_180127_105.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
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Put Away, 2017
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Unceremonious Introduction, 2011
KATSAN_180127_142.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
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Transition II, 2011
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Transition I, 2004
KATSAN_180127_172.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
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Transition I, 2004
KATSAN_180201_42.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
KATSAN_180201_54.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
KATSAN_180201_93.JPG: Erik Thor Sandberg
Blossom I, 2016
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