February 10—March 10, 2012
The Safn series takes its name from a private collection in Reykjavik, Iceland. On display in a turn-of-the-century wood frame house, the collection of Pétur Arason and Ragna Róbertsdóttir was exhibited in the Safn Gallery. Open to the public from 2003 – 2007, the gallery provided an intimate setting to experience the works of many significant international artists involved in the movements of Minimalism, Fluxus and Conceptualism.
The work displayed in Republic Gallery is a series of digital prints of painted photographs taken during Pinheiro’s 2005 visit to the Safn Gallery. The gouache paintings were made on 4 x 6 inch snapshots and subsequently scanned and printed on a large scale, emphasizing the material qualities of both the paint and the photographic surface. Accompanying these prints are related sculptural works that combine paint with appropriated art objects. The three-dimensional works are replicas of displayed sculptures from the Safn Gallery, modified with the application of oil and cold wax.
The Safn series considers notions of painting, photography and digital technology, and the lineage of image-making. By compressing all three mediums into a single image, the works recalibrate time and history. The idea of intimacy is examined with the alteration of scale: the enlarging process transforms the small gestural paintings made in the studio and the physicality of the photographs, further allowing for a new relationship to develop for the viewer. The work implies a certain desire to return to the initial intimacy of the experience of looking at the original works in the Safn Gallery.
Andrea Pinheiro is a curator and visual artist working in print, mixed media, and installation. She studied at White Mountain Academy of the Arts in Elliot Lake, Ontario and received her BFA and MFA at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally and is currently Assistant Professor at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.