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Onni Nordman Opening Reception
January 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
ONNI NORDMAN (1/18-2/17)
- Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- Onni Nordman’s Sauna: Divine Comedy is a series of paintings that set Dante’s Commedia, the 14th century Italian narrative poem, in the sauna. “The Commedia, for all its world-building, is also an interior drama,” notes Nordman. “The sauna is a pressurized space coequally infernal, purgatorial, and paradisiacal, built on three levels, housing figures who are naked and vulnerable, as well as serene and exalted.” The Sauna: Divine Comedy series has emerged as a continuing response to the possibilities of splicing together fertile ideas. Rather than illustrate the Commedia poem, Nordman’s paintings use it as a matrix to tell a story with a cast of figures. His language of materials informs our viewing experience. “My job as a painter is to find a pattern, to create abstract loveliness and order, to find a design with which to create a dynamic, satisfying flatness.”