Shadows & Shades
Consider the act of painting as a way of thinking, and the painting as the actual thought. Consider thinking, as something done with the hands, no words, no sentences, but gesture, matter, attention and time. Thorbjørn Bechmann (1966) has methodically and sensitively been exploring how the materials of painting, reduced to their essence, cohere into abstract images. His work can be luminous and illusionistic or bracingly sculptural and physical, and in many cases it is both. Bechmann is also interested in how the perception of time informs the processes of making art and viewing it. And it's these contemplative processes he implements in the production of many of his works which consequently require long periods of waiting and looking. The paintings of Thorbjørn Bechmann contain no representation, no figuration, no objects no horizons. Translucent colours, traces of actions in the studio, of the artists movements: Shades and Shadows. This exhibition, his first in the gallery, poses questions about how we distinguish between action and reflection. And how action and reflection, without words, is a transcognitive activity, a reconciliation of the process/product dichotomy.