Arne Fredheim, Moss Newspaper, 16 July, 2009
�A Genuine Colourist at Moss Art Gallery this Summer�
[�] Painting is not dead, as Reidun Aafløy Hansen�s paintings attest. We need artists who devote their life to understanding the magical leap from reality to the colour-world of traditional rectangular painting.
A legion of �classic� artists still work with colour and form; they have never stopped asking questions of the rectangular canvas, art history�s legacy. Many artists work in this field – both those who let figurative content and narrative fill the pictorial plane, and those who seek new possibilities of colour and composition.
Much time and effort have gone into the works now on show in Moss Art Gallery. They reflect 30 years of research on colour. For their creator it is an unfortunate fact that so few grasp just this.
Layer upon layer of paint is applied, bit by bit the colour riddle is solved, and many weeks or months must pass before the layers of colour are tuned and the finished works emerge, temperately anonymized with associative names like Red-Green, Colour Games, Heather or Summer.
Most important perhaps is her �Through a glass, darkly� a title with strong historical allusions bespeaking the mystery she finds in her work. Aafløy Hansen also presents something seldom seen these days: her own picture of self-realization. Through a combination of charcoal drawings and sculptures she portrays herself at four and nine years old respectively. A proper book has also been published in conjunction with the exhibition – a rarity in Norway�s increasingly financially strapped art world.
If you seek initiation into the mysteries of a colourist, if you thirst for locally brewed ambrosia in the conceptual company of Josef Albers and Rudolf Arnheim, Moss Art Gallery is the right place for you this summer.
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