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Cris Brodahl

Entertainment, 2008
Oil on glued linen
172 × 111 cm | 67 3/4 × 43 3/4 inches
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Beauty, violence, sexuality and death, religion, the subconscious and the uncanny are all startlingly present in Cris Brodahl’s work. Although seemingly predominantly executed in monochromatic shades of sepia, grey, or black and white, a close reading of Brodahl’s paintings reveals a complex palette of subtly nuanced colours. Her paintings can also contain collaged elements, such as gold leaf; others feature incisions. Brodahl assembles images related to art, photography and history, cuttings from interior design or fashion magazines, film stills and, increasingly, photographs that she has taken herself. She then uses these to create her own distinct form of surreal, contemporary world. Fragmented body parts merge together in enigmatic settings (or compositions) that, as in the Surrealist game of cadavre exquis (‘exquisite corpse’), allow free associations to unravel.

 

Brodahl had a solo-show at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010 and her work has been seen in numerous group exhibitions including the Biennial of Painting: The Image of Man at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2012), Secret Societies at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011) and An Archaeology at 176, London (2007). She was first shown at Xavier Hufkens in 2006.

 

Cris Brodahl was born in Ghent in 1963. She continues to live and work there.


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Reincarnation, 2013
Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas
55 × 45 cm | 21 1/4 × 17 1/4 inches

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Broken Eyes, 2013
Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas
38 × 28 cm | 14 3/8 × 11 inches

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Wiseness, 2012
Oil and goldleaf on glued canvas
65,2 × 65,5 × 2,3 cm | 25 5/8 × 25 3/4 × 7/8 inches

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Endless, 2012
Oil and goldleaf on glued canvas
80,3 × 80,3 × 4 cm | 31 5/8 × 31 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches

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The Clock, 2009
Oil on glued canvas, wood
175 × 135 × 14,6 cm | 68 7/8 × 53 1/8 × 5 3/4 inches

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Next, 2009
Oil on glued canvas
57,2 × 45 × 6 cm | 22 1/2 × 17 3/4 × 2 3/8 inches

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The Smell, 2009
Oil on glued canvas
107 × 147,32 × 5,7 cm | 42 1/8 × 58 × 2 1/4 inches

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Helmet, 2008
Oil on glued linen
57 × 41 cm | 22 1/2 × 16 1/8 inches

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Entertainment, 2008
Oil on glued linen
172 × 111 cm | 67 11/16 × 43 11/16 inches

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Swallow, 2009
Oil on glued linen
46 × 39 cm | 18 1/8 × 15 3/8 inches

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Three hands, 2008
Oil on glued linen
120 × 100 cm | 47 1/4 × 39 3/8 inches

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Sorrow, 2008
Oil on glued linen
58 × 45 cm | 22 7/8 × 17 3/4 inches

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Echo, 2007
Oil on glued linen
107 × 77 cm | 42 1/8 × 30 3/8 inches

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The bullet, 2007
Oil on glued linen
115 × 81 cm | 45 1/4 × 31 7/8 inches

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Ignition, 2007
Oil on glued linen
53 × 40 cm | 20 7/8 × 15 3/4 inches

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Exhibitions

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2008

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