Clearing, 2018

Appearing as faint, abstract landscapes, this aquatint by Linnéa Gad is created using only brushes to mark the surface of the copper plate, before printing. The series takes inspiration from the early 1600s prints of Dutch artist Hercules Seghers, whose landscape etchings possess an abstracted, sponge-like quality that lends his vistas a special kind of indefinite complexity. Following Seghers lead, Gad adopts a similar painterly engagement with printmaking techniques. Approaching each plate as she would a canvas, she adds tonal nuances with layers of nitric acid, resin and varnish (a process known as aquatint) to create shadowy variations in each unique state print. Subjected to these time-sensitive processes, Gad’s landscapes are imbued also with a temporal dimension, their creation mirroring the unexpected and uncontrolled elements of nature.

Linnéa Gad, b. 1990, Stockholm, Sweden, is an artist working across painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2022. Her solo shows include Erratics at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York (2019), Luster Pit at RØM in Copenhagen (2018), and Mound Remover at New Release in New York (2018). The artist has recently participated in group shows at The Jewish Museum in New York (2022), The Lenfest Center for the Arts in New York (2021) and SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen (2021). She is the recipient of grants from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and was shortlisted for the Frankenthaler Climate Art Awards in 2022. Gad was a part-time lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design in 2022 and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of The Arts. The artist’s first publication "Kalk" is to be released by Danish RSS Press.


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