"Inner Visions of Outer Spaces"


HELEN LUNDEBERG (1908-1999), Inner Visions of Outer Spaces
September 15th - November 3rd 2001

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Helen Lundeberg, through her work, invites interpretation. She puzzles over space, ever searching the intimate, interior regions. Other times, the vastness of outer space beckons, as in Microcosm and Macrocosm, Fantasy and the four Planets. With quiet insistence and closely allied colors, she creates an enigmatic mood that contrasts with the confident technique of her painting. Throughout her career, she has explored the mysteries of life, nature and the cosmos and is intrigued with the idea of creating an imaginary world - one that is believable, yet causes wonderment.

Lundeberg’s journeys were made not ‘in the field’; rather, her intellectual curiousity, her library and her thoughts provided the paths she followed. Her “mind’s eye” sees opening doors, reflecting surfaces and lengthening shadows. Sundial, Night, Interior with Doorway, Double View and Red Pears span the years from 1933 to 1987 becoming pieces in the puzzle.

The works of Helen Lundeberg do not present a statement so much as they ask questions. Her paintings are concerned with listening rather than telling. Quietly and intellectually, her images function as a catalyst for meditation as in A Quiet Place, The Poet’s Road and Evening Lights and Shadows. Often described as lyrical, her work relies upon the formal issues of a restricted palette and the interplay between two and three dimensions.

Helen Lundeberg’s art is the result of a life-long pursuit of understanding her world - both internal and external. She seems to marvel at the very notion of depicting space and time via the flatness of the canvas or paper. She challenges reality by moving gracefully from figuration to abstraction, from observation to imagination. Sensitive to her work, we wonder about the image...what does it mean? Yet, in doing so, it becomes apparent that the importance lies not within the picture but in the process of looking, responding and thinking. This reflects the artist’s own journey of discovery from which the work was born.

Helen Lundeberg’s work is a personal inquiry into her world - both tangible and intangible. Sharing that enigma with us, we join in the search with her.

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