Stieg Persson
Crypsis

Crypsis
, 2010
Installation view
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Anna Schwartz Gallery is consumed by Dazzle. A form of camouflage originally used on British battleships during the First World War, invisibility was not the intention. Rather, Dazzle was employed to confuse the perception of its viewers. Stieg Persson constructs an elaborate visual relationship between his work and its environment by utilizing the same technique, encouraging us to look again, and look hard.

Several large-scale paintings vie for attention against a highly patterned background. Emerging from striking geometry, the paintings convey a compelling fusion of flat, hard-edged colour and intricate decoration. Whip-like scrolls unfurl amidst archaic symbols of comets and rat kings. Writing is intimated by shell pink curlicues and inky, inscrutable scripts. The artist’s signature forms lie entangled. These aesthetic propositions articulate a subtle sense of unease also evident in the works’ premonitory titles. The artist examines the cultural implications of pirated video in ‘Is my video viral?’ and the demise of the Y chromosome in ‘Fragile Y’s’.

Crypsis provides an arena in which a complex body of themes is explored. For Persson, the paintings ‘express a need for the world to mean something’, a quest for meaning typical of the artist’s ongoing discourse with the very nature of painting.

Stieg Persson

Americanus Obesus
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 229 cm

Stieg Persson

Comets
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
153 x 127 cm

Stieg Persson

Crypsis
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
153 x 127 cm

Stieg Persson

Harbinger
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 173 cm

Stieg Persson

Kometen
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 229 cm

Stieg Persson

Portent
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 173 cm

Stieg Persson

Portent SV
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
122 x 112 cm

Stieg Persson

Random Walk
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 173 cm

Stieg Persson

Råtta Kung
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
183 x 229 cm

Stieg Persson

Fragile Ys
, 2009
Oil and metallic paint on linen
229 x 183 cm

Stieg Persson

‘Is my Video Viral?’
, 2010
Oil and metallic paint on linen
229 x 183 cm