doggerfisher is delighted to present Hanneline Visnes’s first solo show in the UK.

Hanneline Visnes’s paintings and watercolours intrigue. An exquisitely drawn rose is juxtaposed with a solid, intense black boulder-like shape. In another drawing, seemingly floating in an empty expanse of paper, is a ram’s head with curled horns, a stylised red flower head and a few slender birch trees. What at first might appear an incongruous meeting of images becomes an intriguing assembly of delicate motifs.

In her exhibition for doggerfisher, Visnes presents a new body of work. The exhibition takes its title from a square in Baghdad, which until last year was dominanted by a vast bronze statue of Saddam Hussein. Visnes wants to allude to the ideas and varied understandings of the notion of paradise.

Intricate patterns drawn from Persian tiles, snatches of Uzbekistan fabric design and anonymous early English tapestries are painstakingly replicated by Visnes. The patterns are sometimes enlarged, and sometimes delicately swamped by a wash of intense yellow or orange. The repeated patterns take on a sense of being uncontrolled and unchecked.

Hanneline Visnes (born 1972, Bergen, Norway) trained in Oslo and at Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Lombard Fried Gallery, New York; Zenomap, Gagosian Gallery, London; Prague Biennale, Zenomap, 50th Venice Biennale; Soft Sun Down, doggerfisher (all 2003) and A hundred flowers, a hundred birds, a hundred children in late spring and early summer, with Lucy Skaer, CCA Glasgow (2002). In 2000 Visnes was artist in resident at Glasgow School of Art. She lives and works in Glasgow.

With thanks to the Royal Consulate General of Norway, Edinburgh for their support.