David Risley Gallery is proud to announce our first solo show of James Aldridge in Copenhagen.Representation of the natural world is central to James Aldridge’s work. How we relate to images of nature and the folklore and superstitions that surrounds them affect our reading of these images. The crow, which repeatedly features in Aldridge’s work, has long been seen as an ominous portent. Rather than a simple representation of a bird, the image of the crow carries with it myriad associations.
In Aldridge’s work a tension between the real and fantastic is revealed and establishes a compelling psychological space. The conventions of landscape representation are abandoned in these paintings — horizons disappear and gravity and orientation fail to obey the usual rules. Yet connections between these birds, plants and other animals and the landscape remain, conjuring a strangely atmospheric result. Tension lies in the interplay between decorative and beautiful elements and the implied violence of dripping or vomited blood and nightmarish mutated mandalas.