Frye Art Museum

"Fairy tales gone mad..."

Nathalie Djurberg

Nathalie Djurberg

January 24 – April 26, 2009

The Frye is pleased to present a series of four recent animations by Berlin-based Nathalie Djurberg: Camels Drink Water (2007), Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri (Of Course I am Working with Magic) (2007), We are not two, we are one (2008), and Turn into me (2008). In the upcoming group exhibition The Puppet Show (May 16–September 13) look for four additional works: The Swing (2005), Madeleine the Brave (2006), Feed All the Hungry Little Children (2007), and Hungry Hungry Hippos (2007). These eight works provide Seattle viewers with an in-depth look at artwork by one of the most critically acclaimed young artists working today.

In Djurberg’s short stop-action-animation dramas—described by the artist as “fairy tales gone mad…”—forces of good and evil, dark and light, beauty and horror intertwine. Her characters often exist in moral tension with each other and within themselves. They often shed big blue (clay) tears. Her narratives provide no reassuring fairy-tale conclusions.

Schedule:
Camels Drink Water (2007): January 24–February 13
Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri (Of Course I am Working with Magic) (2007): February 14–March 6
We are not two, we are one (2008): March 7–April 3
Turn into me (2008): April 4–April 26

Nathalie Djurberg is curated by Robin Held, chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections.

Image Credits:
Nathalie Djurberg. Camels Drink Water, 2007. Clay animation, digital video. 3:47. Edition of 4. Music by Hans Berg. Courtesy of the artist, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York and Giò Marconi, Milan.
Nathalie Djurberg. We are not two, we are one, 2008. Clay animation, digital video. 5:33. Edition of 4. Music by Hans Berg. Courtesy of the artist, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York and Giò Marconi, Milan.
Nathalie Djurberg. Turn into me, 2008. Clay animation, digital video. 7:10. Edition of 4. Music by Hans Berg. Courtesy of the artist, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York and Giò Marconi, Milan.