Posted on februari 22, 2016
At first, the painterly process is purely intuitive, with a focus on the body in a physical, gesture-based movement. The paint flows, runs, splatters. A cascade of blinding light that has no shape and simply aims to be its own colour. Most often, a red constitutes the base coat.
Gradually, observation, thought, knowledge and reflection make their way into the process. The canvases are eyed from every angle and paint is wiped away and added on with rags, brushes and hands. The paintings seem to virtually paint themselves through the distinct characteristics of the material itself. Liquids, solvents, oils and media collide and clash, create effects and trigger chemical reactions.
Motifs and landscapes emerge, insinuate and reveal themselves. I often paint over and start from the beginning. Or sand away at layers and expose time in structures and line play. Layer upon layer of attempts and assertions.
The colour scale goes towards the black, dim, dark, dampened and the glittering. With colour and light as an echo. A search for a shimmering glow, a light that slowly emerges or is just on the verge of disappearing. In the darkness that is not entirely dark. In the dampened that is nevertheless still vibrant. A sense of ambivalence.
When the painting is finished it suddenly goes quiet. It distances itself from me. It bears all the contradictory and complex perspectives and layers in itself. I occasionally test the resilience of a completed painting, comparing it to thoughts of what could have been, as a means of questioning its finality. And if it passes the test, it continues being finished.
Notes on my painting, by Martin Ålund
Vernissage on Saturday, February 27, at 12–16 Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, at Skanörs Hantverksby, Falsterbovägen 32. The exhibition will run until 27/3.
Open Friday 13–17 and Saturday & Sunday 12–16.
Posted on januari 17, 2016
Layer upon layer; to dig in the depth that arises. To see what is has to say. The communication does not come from me — I search for it intensively; search for a work that asks to be made — search for a knowledge formed by the hands; that comes into being by their help. A knowledge that appears in the making, that is detected by the visual aesthetic ability — as something that was always there. As a means to discover oneself, discover pockets in the mind, take in the knowledge, conquer it; conquer oneself with it. Expand, sharpen ones sensibility. The painter Agnes Martin pursued perfection: We respond to the work with what we already carry within us: “Beauty is known forever in the mind.” We encounter something we already know in a work of art. We encounter ourselves. The author Clarice Lispector expressed it like this: “Even in the weakest ones, existed the shadow of the knowledge that you cannot attain by the intelligence. The intelligence of the blind things.” Layer upon layer to remove what is in the way of the intelligence.
Opening on Saturday, January 30, at 12-16. The exhibition will run until 21/1. Open Fri 13-17 and Sat – Sun 12-16.
Posted on november 22, 2015
On Saturday, November 28th, it’s time for this years last vernissage when we open the exhibition ”Walking the dogs” by the local artist Erik Grönlund from Falsterbo. The exhibition consists of mixed media works that are based on his photographs, and will last until Sunday 20 December.
Erik Grönlund is not looking to document and shoot the orderly beautiful, but is more interested in capturing details and making small observations of the unspoiled nature in it’s own pace and convey a sense of his own perspective.
Erik Grönlund, born in 1957 in Stockholm, previously worked as an art director and photographer. Erik retrained himself to photography in the early nineties when he worked with several global advertising campaigns in Manhattan, New York. Today, Erik is a renowned photographer and visual artist with several well-known clients, and successful exhibitions around the world to his credit.
Exhibition opens on Saturday, November 28, at 12-16 pm Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, in Skanörs Hantverksby, Falsterbovägen 32. The exhibition will run until 20 of December. Open Friday 13-17 pm and Saturday & Sunday 12-16 pm.
Posted on oktober 25, 2015
On Saturday, 31 of October opens a new exhibition with the Malmö-educated artist Celie Eklund, who now operates from Stockholm. The exhibition ”To what became” goes on until Sunday 22 of November.
In Celie Eklund’s new exhibition ”To what became”, we meet symbolically charged paintings where there is both fragility and strength. Stockholm suburb, the grove of trees and the beach are in Eklund’s paintings the scene of universal questions about the vulnerability, protection and defense, togetherness and belonging. It is a narrative work in which Eklund has a dialogue with what has been, what is and what should be taught.
Celie Eklund was born in 1982 and lives and works in Stockholm. She studied at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm, and has a master’s degree in fine arts from the Art Academy in Malmö from 2011. Celie has also had time for one year at The International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, West Bank of Palestine. Celie Eklund is also current working as curator and artist with an exhibition at Arbetets Museum in Norrköping this autumn.
Opening on Saturday, October 31, at 12-16. The exhibition will run until 22 of November. Open Friday 13-17 and Saturday – Sunday 12-16.
Posted on september 28, 2015
Anders Kappels new exhibition is about the construction and demolition. Construction and deconstruction. Control and crash. To reevaluate and rebuild. Overview and detail study. The paintings are done on acrylic glass and consist of diptychs (depicting drones), who provides an account of the events. On a split second when the drone crashes and hits the ground, camera eye goes out and the information is lost. The opening is on Saturday, October 3, at 12:00 to 16:00.
Anders Kappel is educated at the Art Academy in Stockholm between 1982-87 and then had a studio grant at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin 1988-89. He lives and works in Simrishamn, Skåne. He has worked on diptychs since his debut at Galleri Gunnar Olsson in Stockholm in 1986 and sees his artistic work as an ongoing process since 1983. Anders is also at the moment producing public works for and to the new City Line at Odenplan, Stockholm.
Vernissage on Saturday, October 3, at 12-16 Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, at Skanörs Hantverksby, Falsterbovägen 32. The exhibition will run until 25/10. Open Fri 13-17 and Sat – Sun 12-16.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Gallery Sten Eriksson, Stockholm
Künstlerhaus Bethany, Berlin
Galerie Hartwich, Rügen
Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm
Galleri Andersson / Sandström, Umeå
APA Gallery, Stockholm
Galerie Leger, Malmö
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Ostrale 13, Dresden
Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Malmö Art Museum
Fukui, Iwaki, Gunma, Kumamoto, Tokushima and Kamakura Museum, Japan
Rooseum (Edstranska grant 1999)
Royal College of Art, London
Kampnagel Fabrik, Hamburg