Time Bomb…

Time Bomb…
Curated by Bjorn Stern
February 7th to March 16th, 2019

The exhibition “Time Bomb…” at Wadstrom Tonnheim Gallery, Marbella brings together a group of emerging artists from the U.S.A. They are presented for the first time in Marbella and some are presented for the first time ever in Spain.

“With our recent focus on cultural phenomena brought forward as inheritance from the early days of pop-art, which has amalgamated into vast and colonising structures of the mainstream, certain aspects of self referential art that used to reside in the subcultures of post-modernity and through the circular discussions of the ironically detached, have now taken on a malignant and destructive force in the wake of global social media and the realignment of the many psychologies of the self.

To describe such a complete change of attitude towards visual culture as the one experienced in the present, as a ‘phenomena’, is perhaps broad. But the seismic transformation in our perception of contemporary visual information has changed beyond recognition while in the past we were perhaps better equipped to compartmentalise such information as art, advertising, design or propaganda. These perceptions have now been utterly shattered. The force of change can best be detected among emerging visual artists across a globalised culture of consensus panic, participation economies, malignant narcissism, myopic absorption of knowledge, group pressures and the warping of human time into that of exo-time.

The exhibition “Time Bomb…” aims to address some of the challenges for contemporary artists today to create resonant narratives in an age of extreme superficiality and aggravated self reference. It also takes a look at the emergence of exo-time in visual culture, where production of images can in no way be consumed in any meaningful way by means of its own delivery systems.

Exo-time emerges then, the exhibition argues, as a disconnect between the maker and that which is made. If there is little or no equipment for a participant in visual culture to even absorb what is produced, such as the vast quantities of content from social media or A.I. generated material, might then the content itself become a victim of its own evacuation of meaning? How many images of bowls of pasta on Instagram does it take before we no longer need to view them? Statistics reveal that 1,3 Trillion images were uploaded online in 2018 alone.

Or can we imagine a new production of culture where humans are only one part of a greater whole and where other “participants’ such as Big Data, A.I. mapping, group generated content also warrant valid authorship? If so, what languages and what imagery might this new form of looking produce? Are we facing now the impetuous emojification of visual culture?

“Time Bomb…” aims to display the current zeitgeist in art making and why the act of painting, drawing and sculpture has now almost become an act of defiance in an attempt to slow down time. Soundbites such as ‘fake news’ and ‘new sincerity’ co-mingle in this new landscape of artistic production where artists are increasingly seeking ‘authenticity’ but where such processes are being drained of resources in the service of the ever faster demands of cultural consumption.

The exhibition is curated by Bjorn Stern, a London based art historian, critical theorist and independent art advisor. His previous exhibitions include, “La Bella Figura”, which addressed the challenges of creative production during the First Italian Republic in painting, installation and filmmaking, which focused on the post-war cohabitation of political and societal chaos and creative genius.

Earlier curated shows by Bjorn Stern have addressed the history of Street Art, its’ anti-intellectual origins and its gradual transcendence into the general art world, as well as the acclaimed “In-Significant’s” exhibition that took place in Malmoe, Sweden in 1998, which accurately predicted the emergence of what was to be coined ‘post-internet art’ a decade later.

Artists included:
Phillip Birch
Petra Cortright

Erick Hernández

Krystofer Kimmel

Brandon Lipchik

Jillian Mayer
Sahana Ramakrishnan

Erin M Riley

Stefan Otto ”Layers of Pink” 181117 – 181215

Stefan Otto – Layers of Pink

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery

181117 – 181215

Det är måleri men ändå inte – Stefan Ottos fotografier sammanför en mångbottnad process till en och samma bild. Ett fotografi projiceras på en duk, sedan målas en ny bild på en plexiglasskiva placerad framför. I mötet med färgen framträder delar av det projicerade fotografiet men också spår av en alltmer abstrakt målerisk gest. När bilden sedan är klar låter Stefan Otto fotografera av den. Arbetsprocessen blir en metafor för de skikt och lager som skapas när vi försöker fånga en förgänglig känsla eller förnimmelse.

I utställningen Layers of Pink vänder Stefan Otto sina tidigare undersökningar kring historia, minne och representation inåt mot det egna jaget genom ett mer symbolladdat bildspråk. Ett försök att bena upp människans väsen lager för lager. I objekten märks en uppgivenhet inför den befästa rollen som man – könet. Vad ser vi i spegeln? Jaget frågar sig om det finns en skuld att betala.

I de näst intill emblematiska målningarna och i utställningens övriga verk tycks det pågå en balansakt mellan det privata och det politiska. Ett laddat vågspel i ingemanslandet däremellan.

Stefan Otto, född 1969, bor och arbetar i Stockholm där han också gick ut Kungliga Konsthögskolan 2001. Han har haft flera utställningar både i Sverige och internationellt samt deltagit i flera grupputställningar. Han har gjort ett antal uppmärksammade offentliga uppdrag och han finns representerad i ett flertal konstsamlingar, bland annat på Malmö Konstmuseum, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum i Norge och Statens Konstråd.

Vernissage är lördag 17 november kl. 12–16. Utställningen ”Layers of pink” pågår t o m den 15 december, Båstadsgatan 4 i Malmö. För mer information och pressbilder kontakta gallerist: Mattias Tönnheim 0704-41 19 14 alt. mattias@wadstromtonnheim.se


Wadström Tönnheim Gallery proudly presents “From Sweden with Love”, a group exhibition with emerging and established artists from Sweden. Welcome to the opening on Saturday 3th of November at 19.00-22.00 pm. The exhibition will go on until 12th of January.









This is an excellent opportunity for everyone in Marbella and Andalusia that as an interest in contemporary art to discover impressive Swedish art. And as a Swede with a relatively newly established gallery in Marbella I’m really pleased to present this eminent group exhibition with skillful Swedish artists, which of many the gallery have worked with for several years. Says Mattias Tönnheim, owner and director of Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 14.00-18.30, or by appointment.

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. The Gallery is owned and operated by Lisa Wadström and Mattias Tönnheim. www.wadstromtonnheim.se


Daniel Fleur – 8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery

181020 – 181110

Lines move through Daniel Fleur’s paintings as short melodies, striving to reveal what they began to describe the contours of. Color backlit by the canvas becomes the keynote which the melodies allows to play along with. Time and place appear, as well as parts of something recognizable. The formation of these moments could be temporary, but not their presence. Lines and color behave as when one tries to remember a dream just after waking, in a position between prominence and disappearance.

In the exhibition 8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity, Daniel Fleur presents new oil paintings. They has its starting point in the meeting between a material painting and an immaterial digital painting. Fleur’s artistry is based on an interest in painting both as a method and theme. In his work, he allows both his own usage of digital images and the society way of communicate to be transformed into an input where the substance of the digital image and its relation to painting are examined. There is a confrontation or a meeting between coded and programmed information and the haptic qualities of painting, which in turn affect the image. For the artist, it is about how translation of information and compression creates deviations. The goal seems first and foremost to surprise himself rather than to confirm a certain painting tradition.

Daniel Fleur (born 1992) lives and works in Malmö. He took his master’s degree at Malmö Academy of Art in 2018. Daniel has already had several aknowledged exhibitions, for example at Thomas Wallner in Simrishamn, Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Skanör, and at the Malmö Art Museum, as well as an upcoming solo exhibition at Galleri Kant in Copenhagen, which opens on October 27th. This is Daniel’s second solo exhibition at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Sweden, and Daniel will also be participating in a larger group show with Swedish artists who will open at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery in Spain later in October.

The opening is on Saturday the 20th of October between 12-16 pm. The exhibition ”8,192 Different Levels of Pressure Sensivity” will go on until the 10th of November at Båstadsgatan 4 in Malmö.







En grupputställning bestående av åtta samtida konstnärer sparkar igång höstsäsongen hos Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, och de tolkar alla med varsitt verk det klassiska konceptet stilleben i olika material, teknik och format.

Medverkande konstnärer är:

Sofie Arwidson von Röök (SE)

Lisa D Manner (SE)

Lotta Döbling (SE)

Julie Falk (DK)

Anna Nordquist Andersson (SE)

Stina Stigell (SE)

Sofia von Schwerin (SE)

Charlotte Walentin (SE)

– Att måla stilleben har varit ett koncept som primärt manliga konstnärer ägnat sig åt under konsthistoriens gång och just därför så valde vi att bjuda in åtta kvinnliga konstnärer som med respektive uttrycksform har tolkat begreppet stilleben ur sitt perspektiv. Och det har blivit en fascinerande och eklektisk samling av åtta unika verk som alla fångat temat på ett utomordentligt sätt. Det säger Mattias Tönnheim, gallerist Wadström Tönnheim Gallery.

Vernissage är lördag 1 september kl. 12–16. Utställningen ”Stilleben” pågår t o m den 6 oktober på Båstadsgatan 4 i Malmö.

För mer information och pressbilder kontakta gallerist:

Mattias Tönnheim 0704-41 19 14 alt. mattias@wadstromtonnheim.se