Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012, Marabouparken (Stockholm)
The art and design group Uglycute (Markus Degerman, Andreas Nobel, Jonas Nobel & Fredrik Stenberg) began their collaboration in 1999. The team-up was a reaction against the Swedish design climate at the time as the group used craft and design to discuss taste, quality, class, gender and politics. Their activities have branched out into the Swedish and international art and design worlds through objects, exhibition architecture, interior design and teaching.
Between 18th of February – 13th of May, Marabouparken is exhibiting a collection of Uglycute’s work and practices. Through the 500 m2 gallery the work is presented as a labyrinth of transparent metal cages, were the audience is able to walk around the space, which feels like a three-dimensional archive over Uglycute’s methods seen through objects, furniture, interiors, films and educational practices.
In the exhibition catalogue it says:
According to Uglycute, their practice takes place between art, design and architecture. The goal is to expand the notion of design by cross-fertilizing it with the members’ different professions and by analyzing the effects of design on society not only through their own practice, but also through writing, teaching, and organizing workshops. In Uglycute’s quest for new approaches to material, beauty, economy and collaboration, they developed their characteristic uglycute “look” whereby furniture, objects and interiors are created out of chipboard, styrofoam and clay.
Photographs by Konsthopp
Even if the goal has been a renewal of design, much of Uglycute’s work and discussions have taken place in the art world. One reason why this has been the case could be because the art world provides a place for criticism and self-reflection. The exhibition is inspiring and brings to the front the role that the art space can play for the important political and social debate in the discussion about form and design.
You can read the Uglycute catalogue online by clicking here!
Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012
Uglycute: Markus Degerman (artist), Andreas Nobel (interior designer), Jonas Nobel (artist) & Fredrik Stenberg (architect)
Place: Marabouparken, Löfströmsvägen 8, Sundbyberg (Stockholm)