Ulrik Samuelson, ”After Nature”

Ulrik Samuelson, Installation View, 2013, image: Lars Bohman Gallery

Though this exhibition—an interplay between paintings, installation, and sculpture—is Ulrik Samuelson’s first at the gallery, the Swedish artist has for decades made work with a distinctive style that also characterizes his public commission at the Kungsträdgården metro station. More »

Interview with Klas Eriksson

Klas Eriksson, Curva Viola, 2012, image: Sebastian Nitulescu

Stockholm, Dec. 2012: Stockholm-based Swedish artist Klas Eriksson (b. 1976) has been incredibly active in Scandinavia, with exhibitions and performances ranging from participating in the Royal Institute of Art’s “Performing Recalcitrance” to the Copenhagen Arts Festival to a solo exhibition at Nordin Gallery in Stockholm. More »

”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 »

Stephen Sturgeon, Trees of the Twentieth Century

Sometimes confessing to an invisible audience, sometimes to the poet himself, the impressive poetic debut Trees of the Twentieth Century consists of approximately thirty poems and communicates that which usurps prepackaged explanations yet desires to be heard using the human voice. 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 »

Interview with Thierry Geoffroy

Thierry Geoffroy
Thierry Geoffroy and critics in the Blue Lagoon, 2012, image: The Awareness Muscle Team

After attending the Reykjavík Arts Festival and viewing (I)ndependent People curated by Stockholm-based Jonatan Habib Engqvist, the French-Danish conceptual artist Thierry Geoffroy created an event which was both a press conference and participatory, action-based art event for the artist group The Awareness Muscle Team (Geoffroy, CopyFlex [AKA Åsmund Boye Kverneland], Nadia Plesner, Victor Vadil and Maia Hauser), which took place in the famed Blue Lagoon one spring morning in Grindavík on the outskirts of Reykjavík. 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” Addendum

To ‘pick’ an exhibition to highlight for Artforum does not translate into my tacit approval of Maria Lind’s decision to associate with Bukowski’s Auction House which is in turn associated with Lundin Petroleum 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 »