These are some of my recent (and not-so-recent) paintings on display at Åmells Möbler, Gnesta. The scenography is basically the showroom of Åmells’ factory workshop – where 18th century furniture (rococo and Gustavian style) are manufactured largely by hand, and with great care and skills. Consequently, my installation emphasizes art as craftmanship and as merchandise; paintings are mounted to match furniture and displayed with prize labels.
I also add some books: a recent publication from r a k e t a – soy parte del mundo – William Morris’ political writings and John Ruskin’s Sesame and Lilies, poets Erik Beckman and Cesare Pavese, Catching the Light by Arthur Zajonc, and, in honour of Karl Schultz-Köln, an anthology of his texts on art as research.
Next to this, photographer Bengt Björkbom shows a collection of his photo portraits; pregnant black-and-white, Dogma style “classic photography” in the tradition of Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Sune Jonsson… and, of course, Bengt’s own teachers: Walter Hirsch, Inge Roos and Christer Strömholm.
Camera snapshots and diary paintings… moments of human experience, processed by mind, hand and technique.