”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 »

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 »