|Harald Fenn, "Urban Melancholy", Oil on MDF, 1998.|
Today I'll give you a small retrospective of the Norwegian artist Harald Fenn's paintings. The exhibition is hung chronologically, and I have chosen paintings that show the change in his work from straight lined abstraction in which the different textures in the lines create a certain depth of field (above), via:
|Harald Fenn, "Pastorale Golden Green", 2000.|
Straight vertical lines on top of blurred out crossing lines which remind me of squinting my eyes against sunlight reflected on water in the summer.
Then further on to:
|Harald Fenn, "Exterior 01", 2005.|
Lines that have softened and hang down limply. The title tells us that we are still outdoors. Maybe the light shines through foliage now. We seem to be enclosed in the green somehow, but in the next picture we get a much better overview:
|Harald Fenn, "Interventions no 5", 2007|
Voila: There is discernable landscape in the background. However, Fenn still keeps a balance between the abstract brush-painted lines in the foreground and figurative spray-paint in the back. So we go on to:
|Harald Fenn, "Horizon", 2010.|
The lines having disappeared completely. Here we get a clear unfettered view of the ocean and the sky.
This is my favorite painting from Fenn's current show at the Erik Steen Gallery. And it forms a turning point, I think, in his continuous movement toward larger depth. Quite naturally, that is, since one cannot ever gaze further than the horizon...