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Girlie symbolism at London’s Rokeby.

Whatever happened to shock value? Don’t expect much of that in contemporary galleries these days. Instead, as in the work of Danish artist Kathrine Ærtebjerg, expect some neo-innocence.

Ærtebjerg’s work sits well alongside the magical fantasy-filled paintings that the Rokeby gallery is so keen on. Hence lots of narrative paintings that have the fluidity of dreams and fantastical edge of fairy tales. Alongside her blurred spray paints and watercolours are the titles of the works written in large children’s book type, like the pages of a weird post-pop story.

Downstairs are the best pieces – there are strange animals, a little more anger and drawings of characters with odd long noses. Technically, Ærtebjerg could improve – her stylised faces can grate on your nerves, and the sprayed blurred floral imagery is rather poor. But if modern symbolism with a girlie edge is your thing you’ll find something here.

Francesca Gavin 02 March 06 rating of 3
Kathrine Ærtebjerg - Lost And Present is at the Rokeby gallery until 28 March 06.
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comment by Jakki    Mar 30, 2006
"modern symbolism with a girlie edge"
Hahaha. Funny but true.
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