By adapting the subject of death in different forms and levels, Melanie Wiksell’s practice embodies the link between the seen and the unseen; the inner and the outer, through sculptures and installations. She dwells in the history of mourning and with a nostalgic glance emphasizes how we decorate an absence. Melanie Wiksell describes her work as organic romanticism and restraint mysticism with flirtation on the mythological, the uncanny and the subject’s dissolution. Her personal experiences and memories are distorted to accentuate the subject’s ambiguity in purpose to strain the boundaries between art, reality and the narrative.
Inspired by ‘wholesome memes’, Anna Olaes-Parker’s work takes such digital acts of ‘genuine’ communication and transforms them into physical objects, as this transformation unwinds the bamboozlement and confusion one can experience digitally. Memes are affinity bridges: their inclusivity and humour allow people to communicate and connect online, for meme production and consumption is fundamentally participatory and collaborative. Anna reclaims and repurposes memes, translating them into physical space, creating new meanings that emphasize physical experiences and material qualities. Memes made whole.
Ellen Angus explores what she likes to call the ‘economy of desire,’ how the psyche of the individual is influenced and shaped by the arrangement of wider society and how an individual’s desires feed, shape and tangle up with others to form the society we live in. In this sense, she explores the way in which advertising, marketing and branding utilise longing. She proposes investigations that take the form of games, partly fictionalised events and total environments that function more like living organisms than installations. Within these environments, absurdity and ritual collaborate together to poke at issues concerning fortune, nationalism, oracles and gentrification.
Annika Stridh works in an array of media, from performance to writing; from painting to installation. By imbuing spaces, objects, images, and narratives with real and imagined reflections of her identity, she raises the question of how each of these things resonate as standalone entities, removed from their creator and birthed into the world as a physical remnants of the artist. Do they still connect to one another? Do they still connect with others? And critically—do they still represent her?
Jonas Malmberg is an artist working with painting, sculpture and installation. In his art Malmberg works with portraying time. Time is power, culture, history and future. Malmberg is interested in a state of the static, of isolation or vacuum, where all points are equally far apart. A state without history and without future.
Jonas Silfversten Bergman is fascinated by the existence of a subtle industrial language throughout society that is hidden in plain sight. A constant reminder of the importance of the industrial, in terms of materials, colors, objects and symbols, but without closer attention actually being paid to it.
His works revolve around imaging, distortion and reproduction in a context connected to industrial materials and globalisation. Through painting, printing and sculpture he aims to highlight subtle elements that perhaps often are overlooked or invisible.
Simon Gran Danielsson researches the city and its public space through sculptures, site specific interventions and drawings. His latest works are made by material that he has found or stolen in public spaces. By transferring the material and adding some changes to it, Simon aims to recreate and visualize his own feelings from the city. The works revolve around alienation, estrangement and the right to city, the conflict between private and public.
“Look at me head in the between. Shining promising beautiful. Pastel pink cotton candy and cloudy fuzz figures in the dark. Revealing burning gaps in the amazed heartspace. Struck by clouded warning signs. I was on fire. Light the sky. Leave a rainbow hole in the sun. Sunset. You were lightning. Headstorm. Neon fire skies. You softness when heart quilt treasures. Sky.”
The sentence “This is where the sun sets.” indicates an important event, a beautiful scenario, a certain spot, direction and repetition. A temporary ending or even a homecoming. Jessika Björhn has been working with cut-up poetry, communicating subconsciously with the unknown. Every word is part of a picture revealing her introspective reflection, piece by piece. Puzzle.
Cia Ringertz is interested in transitions and transformations. That has led her to reflect on the relation between image and object. Ringertz therefore use the canvas in different ways, not only in order to make a painting. She also uses it to explore the breaking point between an image and an object.
She is cutting, sewing and gluing the canvas, and by force shapes it into objects. To her theobjects represent a different polymorph world that might just be on the border to come alive. She deals with the confrontation between controlling the material but at the same time keep the undefined character of these objects.
In his works, Razvan Anghelache examines and reflects upon trauma, fear and anxiety. He is interested in how individuals are affected by apprehension, anguish and obsession, which have distorted perception and emotional responses throughout history as well as in contemporary society. He uses a variety of mediums such as drawing, sculptural installation, video, sound and performance. Other related themes are developed in his works, which comment on individual or socially constructed value systems, memory, identity, sexuality, war, consumerism and popular culture.