Galleri Sand, situated in West Village, currently invites any visitors in the area to view Vebjørn Sand's exhibition of Scenes from the Second World War. Inside, several large oil paintings depict gruesome and gritty scenes of war. However, they are not simple depictions of battle, but of moments in civilization when individuals risk their lives for what they believe in and the looming danger of death as the cost of honesty. Despite the dark shadows that overcasts this time in history, the inner gallery walls hold portraits of Traute Lafrenz Page, a survivor of the White Rose. Her portraits are full of light and warmth, as if radiating from her own inner strength. In his promotional video, which can be viewed here, Vebjørn quotes
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.
As such, to end the inner gallery with the portrait of Traute Lafrenz Page gives hope and relief to visitors who passed by his darker, raw paintings of humanity.
"Vebjørn's goal for the past 15 years has been to see Leonardo's Bridge erected in Istanbul where it was originally planned in 1502." Excerpt from Scenes from the Second World War.While Galleri Sand is currently exhibiting Vebjørn Sand, it also represents Øivind Sand, Aune Sand, and Marianne Aulie exclusively.
|The White Rose|
|The Leonardo Bridge|
|Traute Lafrenz in Front of an Oak Tree|
|The Surrender of Stalingrad|
Visit Galleri Sand at 277 West 4th Street,
between Perry Street and West 11th Street, West Village, New York City, 10014.
Visit their website at www.gallerysand.com