Agape and eros. Ancient Greek for love and love – or rather unconditional, mighty love and desire. Distinctions explained and analyzed in the opening essay, by Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, of Louise Enhörning’s new art book “Agape”.
Loyal Gallery proudly presents a combined solo exhibition and book release with the artist and photographer. Working with distorted color, saturated or completely stripped of pigment, Louise Enhörning presents a body of work she refers to as self-portraits.
The concept of self-portrayal equals both power and vulnerability. As straightforward as it is complex, as freeing as it is restrictive. A subject can easily be converted into an object, be it by the viewer or the artist themselves. Louise Enhörning works with self-portrayal unconventionally – she is not there. Possibly to escape objectification, to present herself without flesh, through perception. Enhörning is the person in control, shooting a picture of a shiny car window surface, reflecting leafy vegetation above it. She is altering colors, to fit her idea of what a loving palette is. We stand unarmed in front of the images, forced to experience Enhörning as Enhörning would, and unarguably has. “Agape” brings us on a journey to explore love without a body to desire, without skin to touch with our minds. Instead, we are given a pass into someone else’s.
The book is published by Art and Theory Publishing, release date August 22 at the opening. www.artandtheory.org