Sat 8 Oct 2022 to Thu 1 Dec 2022
Artist: Alina Frieske
Tue, Fri 10am-6.30pm, Wed, Thu, Sat 10am-6pm
Book launch: Saturday 8 October
A unique occasion to discover her book, to understand her technique and look at her works.
When she felt torn between fine art and photography, Alina Frieske found a way to paint with photographs. Taking hundreds of small fragments of found images, she gradually pieces them together to create her own unique scenes. Her work explores how we relate to and understand images, and how with enough vague perspectives we can create a clear picture of what’s really happening. Alina’s process always begins with drawing the outline of the image she wants to create, and she then fills in this outline using the fragments she finds. “I have this folder of material where I look for a specific color structure that could represent the various details I need to depict,” she says. “Most of the time I just take a snippet of that image, and fill the outlines of the sketch that I’m doing. And then it builds up for quite a while. It’s a very long process of gradually building the image.” Up close, you see the truth. You see the remains, what it was before. Using them as brushes or marks, placing them on top of one another,” she says. She found similarities between the pixelated photos that came up in the image search and the classic paintings she loved. “It’s about the resolution. My final piece is very much based on the digital image,” she says. “There’s something very painterly in the structure of a pixelated photo.”
Alina Frieske, Unintended Portraits , 2018. Archival print on Photorag Mat 139 x 98 cm