Welcome to our summer exhibition Art Attack delivering a real injection of contemporary art to you! Art Attack was born out of the Corona crisis when we had to change our planned summer exhibition. We hope this acts as an “art attack” stimulating your mind in a positive way during uncertain times. Right now, when we ourselves and the world at large face challenges, art can contribute to reflection and perspective on our existence and eternal existential questions.
The exhibition presents a total of 52 contemporary artists, many of who left an imprint on the Swedish art scene during the past decades. Many have ties or a background in Western Sweden; some have Nordic connections mainly in Finland. Different generations meet in our exhibition, some of them born in the 1930s and the youngest in the 80s. This exhibition displays many of the artists’ early works.
The exhibition is mainly based on collectors’ works, which include painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. To be a collector can mean devoting one’s life to building and assimilating together the items you have longed for. These whims, psychology and moments also have certain significance. Collecting is about desire and passion but also knowledge and curiosity and sometimes perhaps never being satisfied. The fact that the artist wants to sell their works often means that it will have a long life in the future. Many collectors donate their works to public institutions and museums. Now the audience is given the opportunity to see works that have, in some cases, not been previously shown to a larger public.
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More about the artists
The exhibition represents an older generation that has worked innovatively in their chosen field and has had a great significance within contemporary art and photography. Dick Bengtsson’s quirky visual world with an emphasis on the political is still alive and relevant today and for generations to come. Gunnar Smoliansky’s intimate photographs with a sense of intrinsic value speak its own low-key language. Eva Klasson’s photographic images of her own body challenge the dominant male documentary tradition. For many artists the staging of their very own bodies has had an impact on how gender, identity, sexuality and body issues are defined. Issues that the photographer Tuija Lindström has captured in his suggestive visual world.
Artists such as Ernst Billgren and Helene Billgren debuted in the 1980s. Both of them transcended genre and were not afraid of using poor material or motifs. Concepts such as humour, kitsch, landscape painting or the mundane everyday were conveyed in their work. Painting during the 1990s was represented with the newly discovered talent of Patrik Andiné, Carl Hammoud, Dan Perrin, Jens Fänge Johan Nobell och Olle Schmidt, several of whom attended Valands art school in Gothenburg during the mid 90s. Their visual worlds are characterised by dreamlike evasive motifs, precisely and painstakingly painted in the pop- surrealist spirit. Karin Wikström, a contemporary with them, presents ingenious paintings and drawings, where human and animal like figures are painted in a colourful way.
During the 1990s debuted several female photographers such as Lotta Antonsson, Annika von Hausswolff and Maria Friberg who questioned the patriarchal structures and the exposure of the female body in staged photographs. Maria Miesenberger also uses the theme of perpetrators and victims in her pictures, where the blackened blurred figures relate to victims in connection with the Holocaust. Esko Männikkö breakthrough was with pictures of young men and people in sparsely populated areas in Finland, inspired by Pekka Turunens pictures from northern Karelen. Nathalia Edenmont creates detailed photographic portraits relating to classical painting and the different phases of life, but has also been attracted to using animals in her photographs.
Drawing, painting and sculpture became popular among contemporary artists in the Noughties. Linn Fernström’s painting includes both realism and surrealism, with elements of nightmare, playfulness and seriousness. Jeff Olsson draws fantasy worlds with charcoal, where landscapes, animals and people are in apocalyptic states. A skilful hand is also the basis for Tomas Lundgren’s paintings, where he examines the special conventions of a portrait in a historical context. Cajsa von Zeipel often works with larger formats where her depicted androgynous sculptures initiate conversations about power, gender and identity in a public space. We can see an increased interest in abstract painting among younger artists in recent years. Fredrik Åkum presents a painting bordering between figuration and abstraction, chance and absolute control. Yngvild Saeter’s works include powerful insect like wall sculptures processing near- death experiences with references to the sub worlds of punk culture.