Monthly Archives: November 2011

VICTORY PARTY

Date: 23rd of November 2011, Södra Teatern (Stockholm)

“Have you ever read the Bible?”

“Well you really should you know because it’s the basis of your civilization… for the last 1000 years”.

“You might be doing things because of it and not even know it, cause you haven’t read it.”

“Think about it…”

“With all the rules and laws (that’s so great to be able to sing that in Sweden especially) it’s enough to make you dizzy, all the shit that you’ll have to do.”

“And in your modern life’s, I know you’re very busy so I’ve got a small proposal for you…”

(Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda — Geoff Berner)

“When DD gets her donkey, everything will be ok”

Went to see this guy playing with his group last Wednesday. As he himself puts it, he plays “fucked up klezmer music” and his lyrics are just genious!

Catchy, ironic, hilarious — and fearlessly punked!

Artists: Geoff Berner, Diona Davies (DD) & Wayne Adams

Place: Södra Teatern, Mosebacke, Stockholm

Next show: See Geoff Berner’s tour dates here

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MEGHANN SNOW

A meet up with an artist: Meghann Snow (U.S.A)

It was a pleasurable surprise to be invited to Young Art gallery last Tuesday, to meet up with the American artist, Meghann Snow. I was running a bit late, so when I came rushing into the gallery, a huge piece of canvas laying on the floor was the first thing that greeted me — after that a smiley face of the artist.

The final piece after Meghann’s performance last Wednesday (23.11.11)

My first impression of Meghann is that’s she’s happy, positive — and really open. After the “short” hour of our meeting, I was sure I’d been right. Nevertheless, I also got to learn that she is really competitive, determined and goal oriented — in a horizontal way. She’s clearly a friend of her friends but I guess that if you’re on the wrong site, she is — as we say in Icelandic —  “no lamb to play with”.

Meghann is born and raised in Ohio, but has been living in NYC for the last 7 years — and she loves it. We talk about the great performance scene in the city and how her art family is constantly growing. However, being in Europe (she’s just arrived from Paris) is a great breeze with fresh perspectives.

“It’s so nice to see something new. Sometimes you become so emerge out of NYC but I don’t want to be blinded by not wanting to try new experiences and see something from a new lense”.

She has an open mind for people and life and this is one of the reasons she’s been introduced to Young Art — a new “art family” in Stockholm.

Taking a leap

Megan Snow graduated with a MFA in 2008 from Parsons University. Her initial plan was never to go to college but to follow her childhood dream and become a professional dancer. From a young age she had been practising both ice-skating and ballet and in high-school she trained with the Ohio Ballet, assuming to be hired by a company — something which ended up not happening.

“It was a dream to be a dancer but I was at a point where I couldn’t get any higher. Sometimes you hit walls and then you just have to try something new. I started painting one day — these really large horrible abstract paintings — and was eager to get my work out. So I took a leap; made a portfolio, applied for art schools and hoped for the best.”

Hands vs. Feet

In 2001 she got into art school and fell in love with painting. When I ask about her early work she tells me they are witty and humorous.

“I make these really small drawings — in the size of a credit card — that are sort of like a Facebook status. They are thoughts in your head, humorous and conversational and as I’m really bad at spelling I’m sort of mocking myself at the same time”.

For her paintings she used to work with raw materials (e.g. housepaint, wood glue, stables) and manipulate them to make it look like traditional painting materials.

Since then, her work has expanded and I was curious to know if she had always been aware of her rich history of dancing  becoming a part of her ultimate body of work.

“It wasn’t until I started to write my MFA thesis. I began thinking about what inspires me for my pieces and it came to make sense that my material are dance, drawing and painting. And I started to think about what I could do around these three things to embody my vocabulary.”

It started with socks and paintings and developed into a spin of her ice skating background and ballet dancing. Today her performance show, Dance Drawings, consists of sizable canvas paintings, using her feet to create circles, inspired by classical ballet movements. And I want to know about the shoes; the “elegant” ballet shoes.

“When I make the ballet shoes, people think their kind of funny because I use bubble wrap and tape to create them — which is not like a traditional material. But for me the shoes become my paintbrush. So I’m taking it away from the hand and putting it down on the feet.

So it’s like hands vs. feet?

“Yes for me it’s like a competition. What is better? The hands or the feet? And to me the feet kind of win cause you’re so limited with your hands. The arms help your balance but I think the feet are a lot more elegant”.

Physical afterthought

After seeing Megan’s performance on Wednesday I understood what she meant byt the elegance of the feet. Her show was powerful yet sophisticated, as you hear the shoes touching the canvas — making sounds similar to skates touching the ice — and at the same time watches how she slowly circles to her final piece.

But I´m interested to know why she’s decided to use the performance as a medium.

“I was a performer from a very young age, so my own history is rich to myself, which makes my work very personal and intimate. At the same time I like to think that it’s open for people to have a true feeling when they experience it”.

What do you mean by true feeling?

“I’m trying to figure out what that experience is. I like connecting with the people in general so I’m hoping  they come to see an experience — contesting their will to see a performance and see the artist make its work. Some people might not like it, some people may like it. That’s perfectly fine. But my mark is for it to last. I want to do a dance, but I also want to make it to have an afterthought, like a physical afterthought by the viewer. You saw the performance and after the performance you go back with a true memory”.

And when I ask her about her expectations about Stockholm, she says:

“I don’t know what is here yet. I’m curious to see how people will response to my performance. It can be bad or good. But I’m willing to go to a different extend”.

Photographs by Konsthopp

So — be sure to show your response and make your own oppinion about your experience!

Your can see Meghann’s Snow performance represented by Young Art tonight at Berns Club (Stockholm). The house opens at 22.30 and the performance starts at 23.30 — sharp!

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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DECADE OF FASHION

Closed: 13th of November 2011, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

And more about fashion.

Iceland´s fashion designers have been flourishing ever since the economy crashed in 2008. The broken economy led to lower rents on Laugarvegur, the capital´s most known shopping street, as well as our national devil (the Icelandic currency króna) sided against young designers to move abroad. Once the money disappeared, the fashion industry took on new life. Additionally, many design shops popped up in the city center, attracting both tourists and locals.

Sonja Bent

Mundi

Skaparinn

Sock by Sonja Bent

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition was extensive and featured some of today´s best Icelandic fashion design. The Icelandic Fashion Council held the exhibition but the organization recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.

And the promise of Icelandic design keeps on rising…

Date: 8th of October – 13th of November 2011

Designers: Áróra, Ásta Creative Clothes, Farmers Market, Birna, Lúka Art & Design, Skaparinn, Shadow Creatures, ELM, Kurl Projekt, Eva María Árnadóttir, Eygló, Go with Jan, MUNDI, Gust, Guðmundur Jörundsson, Andersen & Lauth, Hanna Felting, Ziska, Ígló, KronKron, IBA-The Indian in Me, Jbj design, Kalda, REY, Forynja, Lykkjufall, Sonja Bent, Path of Love, Sunbird, Thelma, Spaksmannsspjarir, Eight of Hearts, Vera and Sruli Recht.

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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HAMSKIPTI

Vernissage: 29th of October 2011, Hafnarborg (Hafnarfjörður)

I want to introduce you to some of Iceland’s most promising artists.
Saga Sig; a London-based fashion photographer (and a world known photo blogger) and Hildur Yeoman; a fashion designer and illustrator. For you who haven´t heard of them, let´s go on a journey — a visual journey filled with dreams and fairy tales.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The young and talented team has been joining forces for the last couple of years, creating mystical and adventurous worlds together. Their previous work includes mixing videos and photographs with illustration and installation, where fashion is usually the focal point.
About their previous collaboration in the acclaimed Garden of Enchantment at Kling & Bang last year, Saga Sig said:
“We combined our forces, my photography and her illustrations to create a magical world where our own tales inspired by greek mythology and russian fairy tales are combined in an icelandic winter wonderland”.
Saga Sig and Hildur Yeoman recently participated in The Nordic Fashion Biennale in Seattle. The highlight of the Biennale was an exhibition, Looking Back to Find our Future, curated by a New York-based Icelandic artist, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir. The show included fashion and jewelry from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway…
… and talking about a highlight, Hamskipti (Metamorphosis) was no ordinary show. The colourful crowd didn´t spoil the eminent ensemble either. And it must be admitted that it was far more fashionable than we are ever used to on “traditional” art openings.
Date: 29th of October – 30th of December 2011
Artists: Saga Sig and Hildur Yeoman
Place: Hanfnarborg, Strandgata 34, Hafnarfjörður

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“SUITABLE SUITS”

Closing: 20th of November 2011, Galleri KG52 (Stockholm)

The suit. To suit something. It actually has it origins with the word of sequi. A Latin word for to follow. 

How very interesting.” (Elin Eng)

Along with some friends, I was on my way from another exhibition when I got a recommendation from my roommate to check out an opening of a newly graduated textile artist. “It’s good! and they have candy too” was the info I got.

It was really an eye-catching sight, walking down the stairs of KG52 last week. The exhibition opens with multiple heads of mannequins hanging from the air. The space is used wisely, creating a mysterious narrative as the viewer walks into the big room — the factory of suits — were headless mannequins dressed in Eng’s design, hang from a “factory-like” clothing carousel. It is a beautiful collection but still there is something creepy about it. Something more profound; more dramatic.

Walking around the room, looking at the different pieces, it felt like our minds altered. We started finding links and references. Questions, thoughts and discussion arose.

“Look at the shoes!” — “Why is the cage open?” — “Oh it doesn’t have a bottom” — And the suits, why are they black and white vs/ color?” — “us vs/ them?” — “Something that unites us?” — “Or divides us?” — “Controles us?” —”Oh and the headless mannequins!” — “The funnel-shaped “glasses” — “Something that guides our vision?” — Or controls it?

Maybe.

It just kept on and on.

According to the artist, her main aspiration with the exhibition “Suitable Suits. Infatuated by the holy quest of growth”, is to create a debate, as she tickles the thoughts and discussion of different patterns of behavior. Questions are raised of “…how we consume and produce fashion and how it relates to our power structures and actions within them”, says Elin Eng.

Among us friends, there were questions, suggestions, thoughts and different opinions when walking throughout the gallery.

To us, Elin Eng had succeeded.

Photographs by Konsthopp

In spring 2011 , Elin Eng graduated with a degree in Fashion design from Textilhögskolan in Borås. Her degree collection “Infatuated by the holy quest of growth” has been a great success as Elin has been given two grants as well as being the winner of this year’s Show Up Fashion Award — Sweden’s most creative fashion competition.

Artist: Elin Eng

Date: 10th – 20th of November 2011

Place: Galleri KG52, Kammakaregatan 52, Stockholm

Opening hours:  Wednesday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 20.00 ; Friday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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“NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS”

Vernissage: 9th of November 2011, Group 11-11/ Young Art (Stockholm)

Have you ever tasted a rainbow-colored hot dogs? 

“Hot dogs 1”. Work by Clara Hellncreutz

Clara Hallencreutz gives you a colorful taste of art and food in her latest photo project “No Artificial Coulours”.

According to the artist, the project is a suggestive series of photographs displaying the daily food we eat — alluding to the manipulation of all kinds of additives and genetics put in our nourishment. The images are not meant to be corrective or take a position, but to ask questions of the one looking at them.

Why is the environment, design and color of such a great importance when we eat? Is the factor of “identifying the food” safe or boring? Does the manipulation bring about opportunities or horror scenarios that are hard to control?

“Ceci n’est pas green/yellow”. Work by Clara Hallencreutz

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never tasted a blue — or in that matter yellow, green, purple & red — hot-dog before. And I’m not really sure if I would want to do that. Just looking at the photographs, the thought of it felt kind of silly.

At the same time, in some weird — maybe a bit silly — way, the photographs and the food attracted me, there was some sort of an excitement and fun about it that made me even more curious.

Still and all it kept popping up in my head — how far can we actually go in making our food look attractive and ready to consume…?

Is the gold “menu” the future of McDonald’s? Work by Clara Hallencreutz

Photographs by Konsthopp

Clara Hallencreutz (1985) completed her Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2009. Her photography has been exhibited around Australia, Beijing and Jinan. She is currently displaying part of her work in Stockholm, both at Bistro Berns and the Young Art gallery (as a part of the exhibition GROUP 11-11).

To see more photos from the night, click here

Artists: Clara Hallencreutz with Group 11-11 (Philipp Gallon, Malin Larsson & Josef Jägnefält)

Date: 9th – 27th of November 2011

Place: Young Art, Artillerigatan 6, Stockholm

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I WAIT BEHIND THE FACTORY GATES …

… for you to finish off the shift

Textile in the expanded field by Konstfack Master students

Concern 1 by Anna Nordström

Walking walking dream by Miwa Akabane

Keeping together by Bianca Nabuco

Be civilized by Emma Persson

Pile / Pairs / Scrunch sock

Photographs by Konsthopp

Date: 26th of October – 13th of November 2011

Artists: Bianca Nabuco, Anna Nordström, Emma Persson, Dagmara Stephan, Miwa Akabane, Evelina Hedin, Manja Hunger and Aiko Kubo

Place: Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, Stockholm

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