“La Poética de la Cancha” & “Ankle Biter”



Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, Marbella 18 of September – 7 of November, 2021

“La Poética de la Cancha” & “Ankle Biter”

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery proudly presents two dynamic solo exhibitions by the young emerging American artists Krystofer Kimmel “La poética de la cancha” and Henry Swanson “Ankle Biter”. The vernissage is on Saturday the 18 of September at 19.00-21.30 pm.

– My work examines movement and the abstraction of figures through distortions of form, color, and time. As a subject, I have been exploring football for compositional richness, due to the passion for football which unites people, and for the symbolism it contains which forms its own visual language, says Krystofer Kimmel.

Krystofer Kimmel (b. 1993 – West Palm Beach, Florida) is an artist based in Paris who primarily works in painting – for which he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016. Kimmel was formerly based in Brooklyn, NY where he worked for paint manufacturer Guerra Paint & Pigment Corporation, was director and curator of At Large – an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn – and has most recently exhibited with East Projects (NY) in 2020. Works present in this exhibition have been created in Brooklyn, Paris and in Hampshire, England. In his youth, Kimmel was a varsity high school athlete in football and track. His experience with sport and athletics remains present in the artist’s life, and is the inspiration for the Footballeurs series currently presented in: La Poética de la Cancha. More info at: http://www.krystoferkimmel.studio/ Instagram: @kryskiml

– My art balances the mixed emotional perfectionism in the dynamic between aged creative process and unfettered creativity with in the domestic space. The continuing and abstract desire to “improve upon” what is immediate and the escape both old and young people seek to mediate. Additionally my Ankle Biter show discusses the notion of parenting and the tailor-made consciousness that comes with creative instinct, says Henry Swanson.

Henry Swanson (b. 1993 – Dallas, Texas) is a New York-based artist, that works in a variety of media to express memories and settings that recall the interplay of performative familial functionality at odds with the comedy of youthful strife. Using an absurdist image base riddled with stand-ins and totems, Swanson takes aim at the spectrum of youth, including everything from questionable parenting to domestic settings where cherries were popped and wild decisions were made. Playing himself both as the hacky over-worked, religiously-adjacent parent of a child let loose to wreak havoc on your local water park and the impulse ridden demon living inside that child’s brain, Swanson’s work wryly portrays the future of millennial parenting in a black hole of vague boomer philosophy. More info at: http://www.henryswansonart.com/ Instagram: @henry__swanson


For more information and press photos please contact: Mattias Tönnheim, +46 704-411914 or mattias@wadstromtonnheim.se


Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). The exhibitions opens Saturday the 18 of September at 19.00-21.30 pm and goes on until the 7 of November. And we are open any day by appointment. Because of the Covid19 situation and the surrounding circumstances and restrictions there can be a change in opening hours or visiting capacity due to new regulations. And of course we follow all the necessary restrictions and regulations that are surrounding this pandemic shit show.


Wadström Tönnheim Gallery’s mission is to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture. WTG is owned and operated by Mattias Tönnheim & Andreas Åkesson. www.wadstromtonheim.se

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