The Castle Dismal: A Solo Exhibition From Christina Pettersson At Primary Projects

From April 18, 2014 through June 20, 2014

Primary Projects presents The Castle Dismal, new works by Christina Pettersson that explore her undying fascination with Southern Gothic, the poignancy of ghosts ever-wronged.

“Christina Pettersson wants you under her spell. A Wonderland pulses from her enchanted hand, and as you stand dwarfed before her towering pieces you are overrun by the contradictions of her natural world, the clash of sensual fantasy with corporeal decay. Stone lions weep black blood. Murderous kudzu climbs heavenward. Neglected columns stand as the grand ghosts of an incinerated mansion…Pettersson is bewitched by the songs of forgotten ghosts, by the incomprehensible decadence of her beloved South. How could you resist her mayhem?” – Susanna Sonnenberg

Through drawing, installation, sculpture, performance and a series of weekly events surrounding her new body of work, Pettersson explains “all [of] this is a way of re-addressing the Deep South, a place I genuinely love and feel connected to. I am approaching this imagery hard, face first into utter desolation…a life where everything else falls around you, until at last you are forced to admit that you may be the cause of it all.”

Christina Pettersson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and lives in Miami. Recent exhibitions include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (Florida) Launch F18 (curated by Site95, New York) and Primary Projects (Miami). Other venues include the Birmingham Museum of Art (Alabama), Columbus Museum of Art (Georgia), Baltimore Museum of Art, Naples Museum of Art (Florida) and at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and Locust Projects, Miami. She has been awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium twice (the largest regionally-sponsored artist grant in the United States), the Individual Artist Fellowship and is a Fulbright Scholar for Sweden. Residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, the Deering Estate, VCCA and The Studios of Key West. She was named as one of the “Young Miami artists making a mark this Art Basel go-around” by The Miami Herald in December 2013 and was one of eight commissioned artists chosen by the Four Seasons Hotel Group to celebrate their 50th anniversary. She received a Knight Arts Challenge Grant in collaboration with O, Miami for a project celebrating April as National Poetry Month at Primary Projects in conjunction with her exhibition. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Debra and Dennis Scholl, Marty and Cricket Taplin, Liza and Arturo Mosquera, and the Mikesell Family.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Primary Projects
151 NE 7th Street
Miami, Fl 33132
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