Berlin Oslo Artists Artfairs


Tal R – Banana Beach

Installation view, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation view, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Installation view, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo

Horse riders with lollipops, 2012
Rabbit glue, pigment and crayon on canvas, 131 x 96 x 4,2 cm

Marquise, 2012
Rabbit glue, pigment and crayon on canvas, 200 x 172 cm

Man on mighty, 2012
Rabbit glue, pigment and crayon on canvas, 172 x 88 cm

Markise, 2012
Oil on canvas, 122 x 108 cm

Banana Beach 2012
Rabbit glue, pigment and crayon on canvas, 244 x 172 cm

Boy from Lolly, 2012
Oil on canvas, 88 x 62 cm

The 39, 2012
Rabbit glue, pigment and (wax-) crayon on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Horserider from Lolly, 2012
Oil on canvas, 172 x 92 cm

Tal R
Banana Beach

Exhibition duration:  May 15–August 24, 2012

Gerhardsen Gerner is delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery in Oslo with an exhibition by acclaimed Danish artist Tal R (*1967).
The artist lives and works in Copenhagen.This will be Tal R’s first solo show in Oslo.

Tal R playfully moves among different media such as painting, collage, sculpture, textile art, fashion design and artist books. Especially in
painting, Tal R has repeatedly set certain rules, such as his seven-colour paintings (2004–2007), where he limited his palette to seven colours,
or the two hundred paintings in the work cycle House of Prince, where he only used five colours. At the same time, these formal limitations grant
him an enormous compositional and thematic freedom.

For his inaugural show in Oslo, Tal R will present eight new paintings - five which are made with a special rabbit glue, pigment and (wax-) crayon,
and three oil paintings.

Tal R uses a mixture of rabbit-hide glue made of rabbit bones and various pigments which he applies directly to an unprimed canvas. Since the
glue dries quickly, a specific idea of the final result is required. What has once been painted cannot be changed. The paint is applied very thinly
and flatly and brushstrokes are not apparent. These paintings appear to be very different compared to his oil paintings, since their surface is dry
and rough, which creates the effect of a slightly dull surface, reminiscent of a fresco. The artist then draws with wax crayons on the painted surface.
Tal R takes his ideas from a range of everyday sources such as photographs, publications and films.

He sees himself quite consciously as a painter who plays with the variations and possibilities that painting offers. His works are characterised by
the sheer quantity of elements and meanings they present.

The new paintings visualise complex worlds and combine innumerable abstract forms together with representational figures in a very balanced
relationship. The viewer may find motifs from the circus or the theatre, an everyday street corner or an oriental look-out from a hotel room as shown
in the exhibition’s title painting „Banana Beach“, which is also the largest painting in the exhibition.

These places and situations can be associated with a rather dreamlike world and offer scope for one's own fantasy and for playing with identities.
The graphic compositions unite cultural references from foreign cultures, myths, and our everyday world and open up a broad spectrum of
interpretation. Not everything can be learned in detail, much is merely hinted at and points in various directions.

At the bottom of each of the paintings runs a coloured bar providing the stage for what is happening in the picture and a border for the formal
organisation of the surface. It somehow forms a calm basis for the spectacle that unfolds above.

I like surface. I like dreaming of other places. I like the weakness and that’s why I paint. Painting should have ended around Cézanne’s time but
it’s still here for all the wrong kinds of reasons and in this rubble I find my possibilities.

Tal R’s current solo show, Mann über Bord is on view at the Taxispalais’ gallery in Innsbruck, and will be traveling to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf afterwards.
His work has been shown in many institutions throughout Scandinavia in addition to numerous international exhibitions. The former include solo exhibitions
at Der Kunstverein Hamburg in 2011, Magasin 3 in Stockholm and the Holstebro Kunstmuseum in Denmark in 2009, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
in Humlebæk in Denmark (2007) and the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2005.

Tal R has been teaching painting at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie since 2005.

For further information please contact Marina Gerner-Mathisen, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo: or
Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41, F: +49-30-69 51 83 42, Email: