About

Jacquelyn Davis is an American writer, arts/culture critic, independent curator and educator. She currently resides in Stockholm, where she is the founding editor of the small publishing press and curatorial node valeveil. This website presents a selection of her writing alongside creative interests, such as The Polaris Series which regularly examines a selected work of one Scandinavian artist or artist group in detail. For more information, please visit i&o.

Jacob Dahlgren, “Painting into Space and the Meaning of Construction”

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Jacob Dahlgren, Work as Method, 2013. Image: Andréhn-Schiptjenko.

Given his history of transforming everyday objects into large-scale installations and intricate constructions that hint at the power of excess and the void, it’s clear that Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren is no stranger to repetition.

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David Maljkovic, “New Reproductions”

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David Maljković, view of New Reproductions, 2013. Image: Contemporary Art Centre.

Boredom and unnecessary repetition are looming threats for any contemporary artist or astute curator. Croatian artist David Maljković’s current solo exhibition, in a location that purports to be the largest exhibition space in the Baltic region (nearly 26,000 square feet), attracts attention due to the artist’s decision to reassess his previous projects with an emphasis on altering perception. More »

Meriç Algün Ringborg, “A Work of Fiction”

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Meriç Algün Ringborg, A Work of Fiction, 2013. Image: Galerie Nordenhake.

Istanbul-born, Stockholm-based Meriç Algün Ringborg’s first solo show in her adopted city comprises three complementary components or approaches to displaying her eponymous ‘work of fiction’. More »

Carl Johan Högberg, Solo Exhibition

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Carl Johan Högberg, JJ, 2012, image: Christian Larsen

Carl Johan Högberg’s paintings seem to scan life’s panorama in a manner that suggests, at once, omnipotence and a sense of the absurd. More »

“The Politics of Play”

Jorge Galindo and Santiago Sierra
Jorge Galindo and Santiago Sierra, Los Encargados, 2012, image: Galeria Helga de Alvear

Curated by Katerina Gregos as part of this year’s Göteborg biennial, “The Politics of Play” offers literary segues: It invokes both the words of poet Alan Gilbert —”Politics without the imagination is bureaucracy”—as well as philosopher Herbert Marcuse’s view that poetry, art, imagination, and “the creator spirit” possess the revolutionary power to ignite real change. The notion that poetics and political theory could be equally influential is refreshing, leaving room to discuss how words (and ideas stemming from them) transform our world. More »

“GIBCA: Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art”

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Markus Öhrn, Magic Bullet, 2009, image: Markus Öhrn

It’s best to not only approach GIBCA’s main venues but to explore the satelite program over the course of the next few months to determine if the event supports its stated position. More »

The 7th Momentum Biennial

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Johan Zetterquist, Proposal No.29: A Monument Celebrating the End of Capitalism as We Know it, 2013. Photograph: Vegard Kleven. Courtesy the artist and Punkt Ø – Galleri F 15 & Momentum

The Nordic Biennial, aka Momentum, takes place in the town of Moss on the outskirts of Oslo. For the seventh edition, two Scandinavian curators harbouring diverse practices – Power Ekroth and Erland Hammer – decided to ‘agree to disagree’: that is to create two parallel exhibitions. More »

Leif Elggren, “A Dormitory for Celebrities”

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Leif Elggren, Bed, 2011, image: Galleri Niklas Belenius

Leif Elggren is unavoidable in Scandinavia: Not only is he known for his profound oeuvre of sound pieces and performances, his collaborative spirit (see his work with Thomas Liljenberg and their DIY initiative Firework Edition), and his insight into the absurdities of power and privilege but the artist also owns a specific style marked by his use of yellow and black, a color combination that he has claimed as his domain since 1977. More »

Virlani Hallberg, Solo Exhibition

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Virlani Hallberg, Receding Triangular Square, 2012, image: Galleri Riis

Born in Jakarta, the Berlin- and Stockholm-based artist Virlani Hallberg draws attention to the boundaries between individual and collective trauma, and how violence affects individuals in a long-term fashion – sometimes hindering, other times transforming those involved. More »