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#FFFFFFIGURATION

A group show curated by JONATHAN CHAPLINE featuring:

JONATHAN CHAPLINE
JULIE CURTISS
MICHAEL DOTSON
SARAH FAUX
TED GAHL
ALICIA GIBSON
HEIN KOH
JENNIFER J. LEE
ANDY POMYKALSKI
CLAYTON SCHIFF
ZURIEL WATERS


OPENING: THURSDAY JANUARY 25, 2018. TIME 17:00-21:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 24

EXTRA EVENT:
JONATHAN CHAPLINE - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018. TIME 18:00-19:30.

It is since the rise of Abstraction at the beginning of the past Century that the relevance of figuration in Contemporary art has been debated, often leading to long periods of neglect. But even when disregarded as outdated, unintellectual and almost trivial, figuration rhythmically kept on returning stronger and more revolutionary than the very revolutions which tried to bury it. Its directness and its capacity to communicate and to convoy the ideas, trends and aesthetics of the contemporary world have proven countless times that figuration will always have a part to play in the art world.

If we look closely at the most relevant new directions in American art right now, it is clear how figuration has come back and it is actually in full swing. It can be hidden in seemingly abstract compositions as much as it can be so obviously central in a work of art to become borderline illustration. The artists which are part of this new figurative wave like to play with this kind of boundaries mixing digital aesthetics, comic characters and classical painting. The result is a multitude of directions with one point of connection, the newness and renewed relevance of an art which speaks again with images.

Jonathan Chapline is one of the most intriguing figures among these emerging figurative artists. He analogically paints and sculpts still lifes taken from a digital yet oneiric world, which fascinates the viewer with the soft light and unnatural stillness of their suspended atmospheres. Chapline - together with illustrator Lorraine Nam - is also the founder of the online platform #FFFFFFWalls. Since 2012 they interviewed some of the best emerging and established artists in New York and their website has allowed their followers to have unique insights into this ever-growing artistic scene. For these two reasons Chapline plays a key-role in this exhibition, both as participating artist and as the curator behind this variegated and thoughtful survey.

#FFFFFFiguration is an investigation into figuration, a journey through eleven very different yet intertwined approaches to it. We can get lost following the hypnotic and intricate hair’s patterns of one of Julie Curtiss characters, we can discover images under the almost abstract paintings of Ted Gahl and Sarah Faux or observe the digital world meeting our own in one of Michael Dotson artworks. In this exhibition we can find comics as in Clayton Schiff’s drawings, glittery rainbows as in Hein Koh’s soft sculptures and we can enter the surreal landscapes and blurred still lifes populating the works by Jennifer J. Lee. Classic figuration is reinvented as in the paintings by Zuriel Waters and Andy Pomykalski while painted words merge into the overworked surfaces of Alicia Gibson’s oeuvre. With #FFFFFFiguration Jonathan Chapline offers us an insight into some of the utmost captivating new ways of figuration in New York right now.


FUTURE


   
2018.03.15




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NOBODY PUTS BABY IN CORNER!

A solo show by ANNA TEDESTAM

OPENING: THURSDAY MARCH 15, 2018. TIME 17:00-20:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MARCH 15 – MARCH 24

”I am a sculptor. I am a waterfall, and it’s pouring out of me. It turns the flow that I’m in, into streams, into shapes. Into shapes of norms I want to break.

From the first minute my hands touched clay - It was doomed to fail, my work is the survivor. Someone once asked: What’s at risk?

I want to build Rome in one day. Every day. I’m aware I always push it. My sculptures and their compositions balance between sudden death or survival. The sculptures can barely hold their posture straight, and they have to hold their breath. I’ve for long tried to step away from the right and wrongs that society place on me. I found a place where I’m in charge. It’s too late to become someone else. I will continue to transform feelings into shapes, and add some smell and taste too. I’m careful of the moves my hands do, I treasure intuition.

Clay is my material. Clay and I work hand in hand. Clay is my greatest friend and comfort. Together we try to understand. We use each other as we go through time. Clay can carry itself in a way no other material can, and Clay carries me too.”

Anna Tedestam



Anna Tedestam is a sculptor by true vocation. Her medium of choice is clay, with which she has a visceral creative relation. Through a flow of emotions, she digs for symbols in this earthly material to transform feelings into shapes of ceramic, porcelain, stoneware and plaster - often mixed together. For Tedestam clay is the material from which she can build an alternative world, a place that speaks her own personal truth.

The intricacy of her sculptures reflects an intimate and vital cycle of finding and building, of pure observation versus active creation and reinterpretation. She explores what the material offers her and she bends its characteristics into impossible architectures and into a dance of unbalanced colourful shapes.

The series of sculptures presented in Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner! - her first solo show ever - is crawling with symbols and stories, humorous and mindful at the same time. Anna Tedestam masterfully manages with her work to transcend the stillness proper of sculpture as her creations become alive in their deliberate imperfection and in the visible traces of the intuitive, unconstrained process behind them.


Anna Tedestam (1991, Uppsala) lives and works in Stockholm where she is currently attending the Master program at Konstfackt University of Arts Crafts and Design. Her work has been exhibited at Stockholm Affordable Art Fair 2017, at Köttinspektionen in Uppsala, at Liljevalchs in Stockholm and at Galleri Småland in Alvesta. Tedestam has completed a public commission in 2017 for Strängnäs, she is currently working on a show with Art Nou Mil.lenni Gallery in Barcelona (Spain) and on a new public commission for Lidingö. “Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner!” is her first solo exhibition with Nevven Gallery.

2018.04.10

STEVIE DIX - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET

A panel talk with Belgian artist Stevie Dix.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018. TIME 18:00-19:30.




2018.04.12


A solo show by STEVIE DIX

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018. TIME 17:00-20:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: APRIL 12 – MAY 12.





2018.05.29

JEFF OLSSON - ARTIST-TALK AT GÖTEBORGS STADSBIBLIOTEKET

A panel talk with Swedish artist Jeff Olsson.

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018. TIME 18:00-19:30.




2018.05.31

A solo show by JEFF OLSSON

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018. TIME 17:00-20:00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: MAY 31 – JUNE 30.






 



     

 

 

 

 
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