Calina Pandele Yttredal 21/09 – 09/10/2016

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21/09/2016 - 09/10/2016

AVA Galleria


Calina Pandele Yttredal – ARTIST TALK

“Calina Pandele Yttredal is an artist unlike any other. Her pictures may seem realistic and “common”, but that notion appears only at first glance. What makes them extraordinary is her skilled approach to highly specialized, painterly techniques. More important is her ability to make hostile and harsh environments seem inviting and seductive. The combination of the two manifests an artist with special abilities.

Recently she has had two exhibitions, in New York and Oslo, under the title «Through Possible Landscapes». This time she takes a step further towards an investigation of the imminent threat of natural disasters. But she does it with an unmistakeable zest for the inherent beauty of these phenomena. Whether it is “just” an enclosed cave or the towering waves in a storm, her motifs encloses the beauty of the (nearby) catastrophe.

Recently Calina Pandele Yttredal has taken up again the technique of pastel that she performs with both pastel chalk and -pencil. The special, tactile quality of the pastel ads an extra dimension to her newest works. In this way she expands her artistic realm, and the people of Helsinki are the first to experience this”.

LARS ELTON, art critic, Oslo, Norway

Report from Parallel Realities

The invitation from AVA Galleria to exhibit in their gallery in Helsinki, took me back to a period in life that meant a lot to my artistic development. Years ago I was awarded a grant and stay in one of the studios at Nordiskt Konstcentrum, Suomenlinna, as Norwegian representative. The meeting with Finnish art and culture, also with other Nordic artists whom I later exhibited together with, gave a strong resonance to places and landscapes that I, from early childhood, had seen through my inner eye, and since then tried to recreate through my works.

The exhibition “Report from Parallel Realities” explores the relationship man – nature, inner and outer landscapes, which also relate to Finnish and Norwegian art at a time when myths, fairy tales, legends, were central themes. I believe the sense of enchantment that nordic art inspired then, continues to inspire to this day. To get to the heart of the matter in an ever changing world, we feel the need to assemble fragments of realities which we get through the media, into a reality that makes sense for us. Stories in today’s books and in current films tell of landscape and people who have magical properties. Many times the physical  reality surpasses the imagination of the fairytale. The border between imagined and real is not precisely defined. By diving deeper into the unknown and daring to seek heights to meet our fears, we can make visible the unseen, both in ourselves and the world around.

“Here the real and the imagined, the known and the unknown co-exists, as does the unseen with the seen, the visible and the invisible, the discernible with the evanescent”. John Austin, art critic, New York.

Calina Pandele Yttredal

Is a Norwegian visual artist and writer who lives and works in Oslo, Norway. She started her art studies at an early age and has a classic artistic background from Norway , among others, The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, and abroad. She explores the relationship between light, color and space in her paintings, lighting sculptures, public art commissions, and site – specific concepts. Yttredal`s artistic production encompasses a wide range of materials, techniques and formats. She combines traditional techniques in painting and drawing with new technology, depending of the content of the work.Cycles in nature and in human life, changeability, is a theme she explores. She has developed a painting technique with iridescent and transparent media which interacts with surrounding light and change character. They also change in relation to the viewer’s position. The intention is that the works convey subtle messages as they consist of many layers that invites the viewer behind the surface.

Calina Pandele Yttredal has had solo- and group shows in Norway, Oslo and other towns, and abroad, among others New York, Miami, Seattle, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki. She has completed several public art commissions. In 2009 she received “Art and business award” for her public work with light  “One Year Lighting Cycle at Paleet”, Oslo.Her lighting outdoor sculpture “Wind-Eye” was unveiled at Tranøy in 2014 on the occasion of the jubilee “Tranøy Lighthouse, 150 years”. A compact glassball which she produced at Hadeland Glassverk, is lit from below with changing shades. April 2015 Calina Pandele Yttredal`s  9.5 m long public art with painting and light was inaugurated  at Kirkenes Snowhotel, which she completed at Edvard Munch’s studio, Ekely. Mounted directly on the glass facade the painting interacts with the landscape and the surrounding light. Integrated LED light programmed by Yttredal, enhances nature`s cycle through the seasons.

2015 was an eventful year for Yttredal. A new series of paintings on canvas entitled “Through Possible Landscapes” I and II was presented in solo exhibitions in New York, Manhattan, in Artifact Gallery, and in Oslo, at Gallery Arctandria. The same year  Yttredal was invited by AVA Gallery to participate at BELA Biennial in Rio de Janeiro, at the Museu Historico Nacional, together with 90 artists from the Nordic countries, Europe and South America. Yttredal`s art is aquired by public institutions and private persons. She has published books on color, light, art and design, and has held lectures based on her books. She has received a number of grants and participated in several television programs.