Zeller van Almsick is happy to announce the opening of Agneta and Minda Andrén’s duo show “Der Tag Trägt die Träume der Nacht”. Agneta and Minda are mother and daughter, this show is their first gallery collaboration. Over the past three months they have been exchanging snapshots, personal impressions and referential images back and forth around the globe, while Minda was in Vienna, Agneta was travelling in Vietnam. The pictures eventually became a visual diary that would initiate dialogue and go to inform each of their painterly practice. For Agneta Andrén, fabrics or robes are an allegory for dreams. They constitute a surface where constructs and ideas can be projected on, while manifesting a degree of flexibility, they can be stretched out, folded and changed. The fabrics in Agneta’s paintings are smooth and fluid like the time, where patterns crumble and folds and twists are in ever changing reconfiguration. Dreams have no definite space, no barrier walls, and for Agneta it is the lightness, the flexibility and the not yet complete definition of identity, that dreams are made of. The malleable constitution of ourselves liberates us, when identification lies beyond our waken moments, and the darkness of the night opens possibilities, if we are open to re-evaluate ourselves and reconfigure our conscious self. A cloth has an inherently protective function, very much like a skin. It is not only a necessary protection but also a surface and container of our creativity, our yearnings and poetry, while providing the possibility to wear a new identity like a new suit. Minda Andrén’s paintings are like snapshots of these dreams, mythological characters and their iconographic features characterize her paintings, sometimes heroically idealized or sexualized. Minda draws reference from cosplay girls, a roleplay where you can dress up as
your favorite character from various computer games and comic books: by assuming the role of a characters identity, an opportunity arises to understand the ‘other’. The cosplay characters are often inspired by mythological or post-apocalyptic societies, which gives the roleplaying a matter-of-fact connotation to bridge between the real and the un-real. In addition, they conceal a physical devotion that Minda dedicates to her paintings.
A devotion that takes place between destruction and construction. The striped, yet plastic blurs that can be seen on closer inspection are traces of her fingers and -nails. In the denominal “The Day Carries the Dreams of
the Night” by Agneta Andrén, the wrapped fabric is depicted as a package that could be opened, offering the opportunity to be discovered and looked at with curiosity and expectation. It bears a special meaning, which, like a laced pillow, like a package of impressions of a past night in the morning light, will rub off on the events of the coming day.