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Martine Poppe and William Bradley exhibitions at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.

London – Kristin Hjellegjerde organised a remarkable double exhibitionof Martine Poppe and William Bradley at her London gallery.

"Early morning in the Mojave amongst Joshua Trees, looking for turtles. The Spanish named them desert daggers." with "Tumbleweed" sculptures, by Martine Poppe, 2016 © Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

“Early morning in the Mojave amongst Joshua Trees, looking for turtles. The Spanish named them desert daggers.” with “Tumbleweed” sculptures, by Martine Poppe, 2016 © Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

On display in the main space of Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery London was the exhibition“Crinkled Escape Routes and Other Somewhat Flat Things” by Martine Poppe.

The Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery’s exhibition came from a journey Martine Poppe made in the USA. The works on display were a melange of the practice of Poppe, pale and ephemeral, and the more realistic American rural landscapes. From images taken along the well-known Route 66, the works migrated from inner to outer elements by using symbols like landscapes or buffalo skull. It was a journey through the actual present and an ideally remembered past – for example, there were images but also real car pieces dispersed around the gallery.

The long named Poppe’s exhibition was an investigation of the relationship and distance between a completed piece of work and its original subject, while the artist explores new ways of creating. She said: “The subsequent fields of pixel-like marks open up spaces in which I make my decisions more apparent. I leave behind something open-ended and revealing on the surface.”

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