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KATRIN FRIDRIKS: A CERTAIN BLUE ENTERS YOUR SOUL
Apr 12 - May 9, 2021 FINAL WEEK
From 12 April until 9 May 2021, A Certain Blue Enters Your Soul will present Fridriks’ newest body of work which focuses on the centrality of blue to our universal histories and aims to underline JD Malat Gallery’s role as an encompassing space for the London public to reconnect after the lockdown period.
 
Composed of 14 new major works and accompanied by a text by the writer Sebastian Di Giovanni, this exhibition highlights the significance of blue throughout the world and its history.
 
Inspired by the multifaceted symbolism of blue, from its representational and material value in art to its ubiquitous presence throughout the world, this new body of work seeks to emphasise the encompassing and connective power of blue in terms of its natural, cultural and historical
significance.
 
The title of the exhibition recalls the work and words of the French artist Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954). Renowned for his intense colourism and use of blue, Matisse pioneered the revolutionary use of colour as an index of emotion or expression. By framing her work under Matisse’s wellknown phrase “a certain blue enters your soul”, Fridriks strives to emphasise the perduring role of blue within a wider discussion concerning the unity of being.
 
Crediting her influence to key figures such as the Persian poet Rumi (1207 – 1273), the English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxely (1894 – 1963) as well as the American astronomer and Katrin Fridriks, Cosmic Stargate - Portal Activation, 2021, Acrylics on canvas, 100 x 165 + 5 cm
cosmologist Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996), Fridriks’ work to date has presented a unique fusion between art and their diverse branches of research. Informed by their different discussions about natural and otherworldly forces, as well as their theoretical discussions concerning the unity of being, Fridriks takes a meditative approach to the creative process.

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