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DARK TIME

Finissage: 23rd of October 2011, Id:i galleri (Stockholm)

The blink of an eye.

Time that is so short that you don’t even count it as real. Still you blink your eyes ca. 14000 times per day, were each blink counts 1/5 of a second. This means that around 46 minutes of your day pass by without you even noticing it.

This time — the eternal blink of an eye — is the idea behind Christer Chytraéus latest exhibition, Dark Time.

Literally.

By building a camera with censors connected to his eyelid and hiding it inside his hat, the artist has created a work that represents the time we never see — the moments that are already lost. And the camera ..is taken back to it its phenomenological origin — to capture these moments.

Dark Time (Video)

Dark Time (Video)

Dark Time (Stills)

Photographs by Konsthopp

Again it’s the complex comprehension of time that kindle my interest. Approaching unconscious moments that still counts at least 46 minutes each day. Moments that we are part of but which we will never really see…

This is the last weekend to see the ongoing exhibition at Id:i gallery and on Sunday you can enjoy warm drinks in the appearance of Christer Chytraéus. An artist who took a piece of skin from his backside body, cultivated it in a laboratory in Linköping and exhibited (as a final exam at Konstfack) a self-portrait made from the results. Remarkable!

Artist: Christer Chytraéus

Date: 7th of October – 23rd of October 2011

Place: Id:i galleri, Tjärhovsgatan 19, Stockholm

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

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“THE UNDERGROUND SPIRITUAL GAME”

Vernissage: 25th of August 2011, ID:I Gallery (Stockholm)

“Conspire, Agitate, Analyze, Resist, Vegetate”

This is how the artists, Charlotte Enström and Åsa Franck, describe their exhibition “Sheeben -The Underground Spiritual Game” — which according to themselves is the first and only Sheeben in Stockholm.

It was like we’d been invited to a private party in someone’s apartment. The entrance of the gallery space was furnished like a cosy living room and walking further inside, there was a small room provided with a bed, sofa and bureau. The space was lighted up with exceptional lamps and there was people, music, wine and artwork.

Originally, the word “sheeben” comes from Ireland but is today more often associated with South Africa. Under the apartheid and the Rhodesian era, black Africans could not enter a pub or a bar reserved for whites so the sheebens were used as an alternative to those places. The sheebens became a crucial meeting places for activists and other groups and were seen as important in unifying the community and providing a safe place for discussion.

 The places also provided music and dancing, allowing patrons to express themselves culturally.

Photographs by Konsthopp

As the title declares, the exhibition is inspired by this idea. Another intention with the exhibition, Charlotte told me, is to bring something new to the city; something they’ve both experienced in Berlin, and which they self believe is missing in Stockholm. An exhibition space that is open for debate, encounter and a new fellowship between the art, the people and the place.

I agree with them. It was really a different experience, like a liberating vibe into Stockholm art life. And the best of it all was that we got to be a part of it.

It was the first but hopefully not the last “Sheeben” in Stockholm. I loved it!

P.S. The buzz says it’s going on right now!! So off we go… See you there

Date: 25th of August, 30th of August and 2nd of September 2011 (other dates will be announced later)

Artists: Charlotte Enström and Åsa Franck

Place: ID:I galleri, Tjärhovsgatan 19, Stockholm

Opening hours: 20.00 – open end



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“DE GAMLA GREKISKORNA”

Vernissage: 29th of April 2011, ID:I (Stockholm)

“De gamla Greckiskorna” by Christian Sandell is the name of a new exhibition in gallery ID:I. The enjoyable title means “The Old Greek Woman”.

There is a fascinating story which lies behind the art work. The artist´s father is from Greece and Christian Sandell obviously has strong connection to his “fatherland”. In ancient Greece, widows usually wore black after the death of their husbands and some of them did it for the rest of their lives. There’s even a verb in Greek which means to ‘dress in black’, describing the old custom. According to the artist, his Greek grandmother lost her husband but rejected the old custom while grieving. Her sister however, was always wearing black.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The installation represent three Greek women dressed in black, one of them appearing to be dead. The “faces” reflects the artist´s passion for old cameras.

The artist is also showing two of his earlier art works made in 1999. “I was cleaning at my studio the other day and found these two. I thought they fitted perfectly to this exhibition,” says the friendly artist.

Date: 29th of April – 15th of May 2011

Artist: Christian Sandell

Place: ID:I galleri, Tjärhovsgatan 19, Stockholm

Opening hours: Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

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