A piece of paper, some ordinary crayons or pencils. A sustained awareness during hours – days, maybe. The resulting image unveils the nature of a unique world; sometimes calling for the sensibility of a butterfly’s antennae, sometimes chaotic, disproportionate, disturbing. Sometimes orderly, even bordering to the surreal. And sometimes overflowing with the vitality and power of living colour.
All works depicted here were performed by participants in this summer’s creative workshop at Gillberga, Södertälje (Sweden).
From top to bottom: a crayon pencil drawing by AE; two graphite pencil drawings by PS; a wax crayon painting by TK.
Watercolour painting by EB 2012
Images from two weeks of creative work, together with a mixed group of intellectually challenged/funky people and so-called normal ones.
– Why do I keep leading these workshops, each summer since 2002?
Colour pencil drawing by AE 2012
Watercolour paintings by LK 2012
Well, pictures like these give me the full answer. But the woman who asked me the question – one of the workshop participants – wanted more; she wanted a statement in plain, clear words. So, here it is:
Dear friends, your works open worlds unknown to me, they are vehicles to travel the inner space.
There are so many ways of being human.
gray painting #1 & gray painting #2;oil on canvas, c. 54×54 cms each
And here’s from my own atelier, where everything ends up and begins anew.
Future policy Gnestopia, artwork by Kultivator at Art Lab Gnesta
Sunday July 22nd was the last day for Gnestopia; it had then been alive and growing for six weeks in our exhibition space at Art Lab Gnesta. It was conceived and constructed by Kultivator – an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice based in the rural village of Dyestad, Sweden – in collaboration with Gnesta 4th- and 5th-graders. Since the opening in early June, visitors have added their specific thoughts and wishes for the future and seeds have grown to blossom and fruit.
The playful, optimistic mood of Kultivator’s three-dimensional policy document was matched by the subtle and anti-monumental qualities of Grassworks, a video by Emma Göransson. Two hands braiding grass at the shore of a lake, a single voice humming; a celebration of the repetitive, the impermanent, the scarce, the indomitable.
Grassworks, video by Emma Göransson at Art Lab Gnesta
Oh, did I forget to mention Fält (“Field”)? It’s the brand new magazine launched by Art Lab Gnesta; first issue reflecting Green Year 2012 in a summertime mood. A large number of photos – from different photographers, sites and projects – produce a flow of blue, orange and green shades through the pages, while texts (in Swedish) provide food for thought, literally: on food-making as art, mindfulness and a middle-class lifestyle project; on long-term experiences from local biodynamic farmers; also about the Finnish art-and-forest initiative of Mustarinda, about a Mongolian yurt on a tiny island in lake Frösjön, and the mind of the osprey… Here’s the link: