Stendhal Syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts, especially when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. With that in mind, Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks, named an entire series of works after this phenomenon, and finally, her current solo show @ Circle Culture gallery in Berlin. The landmark show opened on 21st of November and is one of her most significant projects to date by many accounts.
The significance of this event can be seen through the fact that this particular exhibition will be the core of Fridriks’ first monograph that’s gonna be released through Skira Publishing later this year. Focused on 13 years of creation & evolution of her distinctive style and technique, the book will be explaining and showing her work through pieces now showing in Berlin.
One of the main characteristics of Fridriks’ abstract paintings and conceptual installations are limitless ways of viewing the works. Her unique expressive technique that include thick layers of paint flowing and splattering over canvas, results in complex visuals that can be seen as a whole, but also, examined in almost limitless macro perspective. In order to present this sensation, the artist produced an interactive installation titled Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome vs. Gene&Ethics – Master Prism. Consisting of an over sized magnifying glass and a large canvas, this piece allows the observer to immerse into the artwork and experience it in a way that wasn’t possible before. This groundbreaking approach to presenting her work, secured Fridriks participation at the 56th Venice Biennale, so after closing of the show on 15th of February, this installation will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.
Almost simultaneously, another piece from the show, Riding Awareness – Noble Eye-Catcher, will be shown at Reykjavik Art Museum as a part of a big group show titled Just painted (Contemporary Painting In Iceland). This historic exhibition will feature works by most important contemporary Icelandic artists, and Fridriks will be represented with this signature colorful installation, that is balancing between painting and sculptural work.
Photo credit by Cedric Pierre