Martin Jacobson, Allegorical Dogs

Martin Jacobson, Allegorical Dogs, 2009, image: Martin Jacobson

Swedish artist Martin Jacobson creates a voluptuous scene illustrating that the fanciful can be more attractive than reality. The temptation to escape, to leave home to join any circus, to create a parallel universe, to be a tireless, invincible creature in a carnival of tricks, diversions and illusions—this could be the essence of what it means to live. 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 »

Vanessa Place, The Guilt Project and Tragodía 1

Among the individuals in Los Angeles who are responding to heavyweight issues exists an uncanny force: Vanessa Place. A criminal defense attorney, she defends what some categorize as the lost, the wretched: indigent criminals, repeat sex offenders and violent predators. Some criminals learn valuable lessons while incarcerated; others leave prison refueled, angry and ready to re-enter what’s left of the world as a less worthy version of themselves, less interested in following pre-ordained rules. This is where Place steps in: the blurry space between offense and re-offense, perpetrator and victim, right and wrong, ethics and morality. More »

Wooloo, Two Years’ Untouched Garden

Wooloo
Wooloo, Two Years’ Untouched Garden, 2011, image: Momentum

Touring the sixth Momentum Biennial, Imagine Being Here Now, located in Scandinavia, introduces contrasting stimuli: an impressionistic panorama of sailboats, elegant horses roaming the fields and building cranes unfolds around the viewer. More »

Paolo Bottarelli, The ChessCube Project

Paolo Bottarelli
Paolo Bottarelli, The ChessCube Project, 2011, image: Paolo Bottarelli

What is curious about a monad is that it has no physical or material entrance or exit; the only way to gain access to one is by using one’s intrinsic, personal intuition. More »

Ann Lislegaard, Time Machine

Ann Lislegaard
Ann Lislegaard, Time Machine, 2011, image: Momentum

Norwegian artist Ann Lislegaard presents an off-kilter installation Time Machine, 2011, at the 6th Momentum Biennial which is both alluring and disturbing to anyone entering the windowless room on Gallery F15’s ground floor level. More »

Ragnar Persson, När Mörkret Faller

Ragnar Persson
Ragnar Persson, När Mörkret Faller, 2011, image: Gallery Steinsland Berliner

In Ragnar Persson’s När Mörkret Faller/When Darkness Falls, 2011, the artist devises a roaming pack of wild dogs or wolves alongside an equally untamed coterie of human beings—long-haired, solitary, holding piercing gazes—in a northern forest populated with somewhat secretive animals: falcons, snakes and nocturnal creatures. 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 »