17 ┈ My Bajan Letters

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Installation view from My Bajan Letters in 2016 at ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, SE

It all began long ago with an email from a scammer from Barbados. I replied and an enthusiastic correspondence unfolded. Before our dialogue came to an end, Fergal the scammer had, on my request, traveled across the island to document Bajan pop star Rihanna’s home. One thing leads to another and I find myself on an isolated beach on the other side of the planet—continuously writing his now dead email account—gliding around in Riri’s world. Through my camera I discover the ruin of Paradise Beach Club. This throws me back into a J. G. Ballard book about an imaginary vacation resort for artists and wealthy eccentrics. Intensely I google Riri paddling these very waters. The Barbados days are strikingly saturated, yet profoundly slow. I keep googling, remembering, emailing, filming it all. Detached from the everyday hassle, I think differently (dream-like) and I keep writing. Eventually, my mind gets the googled paddle photos mixed up with Peter Doig’s melting canoe paintings.. This, amongst other Island experiences, builds the core of my recent painting workflow back home in Denmark. The works below are from different shows on the topic. The emails are published too. See My Bajan Letters here.


 

Riri Bending by the Pool for You, 2017
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm


 

Beige Riri Weave 1, 2017
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 33 x 24 cm


 

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Installation view from My Bajan Letters in 2016 at ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, SE


 

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Wrong House Weave
, 2016
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 140 cm x 160 cm


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Detail of the installation I love the way you lie in 2016 at ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, SE

 


From VIRTUAL PERCEPTION, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, DK


From VIRTUAL PERCEPTION, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, DK


From VIRTUAL PERCEPTION, Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, DK


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From I love the way you lie in 2016 at ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, SE


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From I love the way you lie in 2016 at ANNAELLE Gallery, Stockholm, SE


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Bajan Night 1, 2016
Oil on canvas, 50 cm x 60 cm


From The Beach Club Shop in 2017 at Arnstedt Östra Karup, Östra Karup, SE


Breeze Weave, 2017
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 200 x 180 cm


Bending Pool zoom, 2017
Oil on canvas, 33 x 24 cm


From The Beach Club Shop in 2017 at Arnstedt Östra Karup, Östra Karup, SE


Sticky Beach Painting, 2017
Oil on canvas, 180 x 160 cm


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Purple Palm 1
, 2016
Oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm


Picture Perfect Weave, 2017
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 180 x 150 cm


Palm Tree Paint, 2017
Oil on canvas, 65 x 46 cm


Paddle Painting 4, 2017
Oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm


From The Beach Club Shop in 2017 at Arnstedt Östra Karup, Östra Karup, SE


Jungle blind 1, 2017
Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm


From The Beach Club Shop in 2017 at Arnstedt Östra Karup, Östra Karup, SE


Beige Riri Weave 2, 2017
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 35 x 35 cm


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Riri Fuss, 2016
Shelf, shell, oil on 2 canvases, 110 cm x 90 cm x 24 cm


 


Into the Thick of it 1 and Wish You Were Here, 2016 at ANNAELLE, Stockholm, SE
Oil on canvas, 180 cm x 150 cm


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Purple Riri Weave, 2016
Oil on 2 canvases weaved together, 42 cm x 32 cm


Barbados Tourism Campaign 2013, 55 x 50 cm, oil on several canvases weaved together, 2013

Barbados Tourism Campaign,
 2013
Oil on several canvases weaved together, 55 x 50 cm


The Pearl Outfit and The Barbados Shirt, 80 x 70 cm, oil on several canvases weaved together, 2013

The Pearl Outfit and The Barbados Shirt, 2013
Oil on several canvases weaved together, 80 x 70 cm




Letter for you
, 2017
A4 paper, 500 copies, Red inkjet