”Beyond Good and Evil”

Søren Thilo Funder, Sal Paradise, 2012, image: Den Frie

”Beyond Good and Evil,” an exhibition named after Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise on phenomena such as how cultures lose sight of creativity and are responsible for their own demise, is part of the Copenhagen Arts Festival and shares its theme with other exhibitions, public artworks, performances, lectures, and screenings in the festival. It appears useful to slide between viewing this exhibition as both an end in itself and as a supplementary chapter of the festival’s thematic inquiry into “community.” More »

“(I)ndependent People”

Ulrika Sparre and Steingrímur Eyfjörð, The Leyline Project, 2012, image: Ulrika Sparre

Displaying collaborations and artist initiatives from twenty-nine collectives including some one hundred participants, “(I)ndependent People” works against the tendency of biennials to promote the lone artist. While no collective functions without individual will, the unmapped terrain between the solitary artist and artist group seems a primary theme here. More »

Thomas Broomé, ”The Guest”

Thomas Broomé, Shimmering Shadows, 2012, image: Galleri Magnus Karlsson

Partially inspired by a three-month residency in the summer of 2011 at Hammars, Ingmar Bergman’s isolated estate on the Swedish island Fårö, Thomas Broomé’s latest exhibition seems to walk in the iconic director’s footsteps, with works that celebrate and reveal the intimate dwelling, room by room, as it appears in the films Hour of the Wolf (1968) and Faithless (2000). More »

”Abstract Possible”

Tommy Støckel, In My Mind This Goes On Forever, 2012, image: Tensta Konsthall

This exhibition examines the abstract from multiple perspectives: formal, economic, and the contemporary artist’s “withdrawal strategies”––a manipulation of already existing spaces in order to create a “space apart” from the rest of society. More »

Jorge Peris, ”Aladas Almas”

Jorge Peris, Aladas Almas, 2011, image: La Conservera

In Jorge Peris’s earliest childhood memory, which until recently he believed to be a dream, lies the uncanny presence of salt. For his latest exhibition, ”Aladas Almas” (Winged Souls), he traveled to the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, to experience being surrounded by salt. More »

Pamela Rosenkranz and Nikolas Gambaroff

Pamela Rosenkranz
Pamela Rosenkranz, Firm Being (Soft May), 2011, image: Swiss Institute

Pamela Rosenkranz and Nikolas Gambaroff display works side by side in their respective shows, “This Is Not My Color” (Rosenkranz) and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (Gambaroff), for the Swiss Institute’s first exhibition in one of Jeffrey Deitch’s former gallery spaces. More »

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 »

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 »