Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, ”YANKEE GO HOME! but please take me with you”

Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Black Madonnas, 2011, image: Nordin Gallery

Far from neutral, the new works in Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena’s exhibition “YANKEE GO HOME! but please take me with you” favor extreme positions. More »

”Imagine Being Here Now”

The Long Now Foundation, 2011, image: The Long Now Foundation

From the perspective of one who had viewed the Sixth Momentum Biennial before the recent massacres in Oslo and Utøya Island, and who now proceeds to discuss it afterward, the biennial’s title “Imagine Being Here Now” carries even more significance. More »

”If the light should take us”

The Arrival of Fenrir, 2010, image: Daughters of Valhalla

Taking a train to Gävle, walking in the streets and parks of a city known for its public art and sculptural initiatives, this group show co-curated by Joakim Forsgren, Carl Bergström and Maja-Lena Johansson displayed works of the more established Viktor Rosdahl alongside those of the less-known Petr Davydtchenko and the collaborative duo Kjersti Vetterstad and Monica Winther as the Daughters of Valhalla. More »

Björn Kjelltoft, ”I Promise, I Will Never Be Your Friend. No Matter What, Ever…”

Björn Kjelltoft
Björn Kjelltoft, 2011, image: Gallery Niklas Belenius

White, billowing curtains display seemingly banal yet biting phrases appropriated from a disheartened couple’s filmic encounter in their hotel room. More »

Bryan Graf, ”Wildlife Analysis”

Bryan Graf
Bryan Graf, Butterfly #2, 2008, image: Bryan Graf

The repetition as it stands seems necessary, yet these images do not seem replaceable. So as to preserve a feeling or moment, people return to it and repeat to affirm its significance or exclusivity. Yet that which is cherished cannot be repeated. More »

Gardar Eide Einarsson, ”Power Has a Fragrance”

Gardar Eide Einarsson
Gardar Eide Einarsson, Caligula, 2010, image: Mattias Givell

Norwegian artist Gardar Eide Einarsson’s major solo exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall, titled “Power Has a Fragrance,” marks the first time his work has been shown in Sweden. Einarsson is well aware that––as a formally trained artist often given the opportunity to display work in museum settings––he produces art from a position of privilege, and he does not shy away from criticizing his own creative role within artistic institutions. More »

Dan Holdsworth, ”Blackout”

Dan Holdsworth
Dan Holdsworth, Blackout 09, 2010, image: Dan Holdsworth

Dan Holdsworth’s twist on landscape photography is introduced to Sweden, a country well-versed in climatic extremes. Nordin, a niche gallery established in 2007, accentuates a cluster of Holdsworth’s prints of enormous proportions, depositing one particular set apart from the others—back-lit in a smaller, adjacent room most likely meant for video installations. Claiming that inspiration for this series came from New York’s power failures of the 1960s, Holdsworth in ”Blackout” reminds the viewer that certain flavors of panic and unrest are cyclical—one keen emotion present yesterday, perhaps back again today. More »

”Home Sweet Home”

Mattias Åkesson
Mattias Åkesson, Hem Ljuva Hem, 2010, photo: Behzad Khosravi Noori

Curated by Kim Einarsson, Johan Tirén and Niklas Östholm, Konsthall C’s “Home Sweet Home” brings to light a significant issue that residents of Stockholm and its environs are continually burdened and consumed with: housing. More »

Joakim Eneroth, ”Short Stories of the Transparent Mind”

Joakim Eneroth, The Past is Gone, The Future is Cancelled, 2008, image: Joakim Eneroth

I wish I could take these home with me. As contradictory as it may seem, a room filled with a family of such an aesthetic possession might be its own cure. The actual collection of texts and photographs, “Short Stories of the Transparent Mind,” by Stockholm-based artist Joakim Eneroth is larger than what is presented in the gallery, but one is still able to discern that notions of absence and emptiness are seriously and creatively approached. More »