Galerie Forsblom , Stand n° AM117

Ultramarine blue cork stack  - Jason Martin

Jason Martin Ultramarine blue cork stack

Stripe Painting SSQ - Matthias van Arkel

Matthias van Arkel Stripe Painting SSQ

Green to Lilac - Juri Markkula

Juri Markkula Green to Lilac

2018
Acrylic on linen
73 x 50 cm
28.74 x 19.69 in - Secundino Hernández

Secundino Hernández 2018 Acrylic on linen 73 x 50 cm 28.74 x 19.69 in

Untitled / The Hunter -  Jannis Varelas

Jannis Varelas Untitled / The Hunter

Black Flowers - Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan Black Flowers

Judith - Jason Martin

Jason Martin Judith

Detainment -  Peter Halley

Peter Halley Detainment

Woman in a Burgundy Dress - Stephan Balkenhol

Stephan Balkenhol Woman in a Burgundy Dress

Exhibiting Artists

  • Donald Baechler  (+)

    Biography : Born in Hartford, Connecticut 1956 | Lives and works in New York City. Baechler attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (1977) and the Cooper Union (1978), after which he proceeded to the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Baechler's works have been exhibited since the 1980s in the United States and across Europe and Asia. His work is included in several major collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

    Detailed Description : Donald Baechler's media is stamped, silk-screened, projected, drawn, painted, printed or collaged onto surfaces. Known for his innovative technique, Baechler creates his paintings' surface structure by attaching layer after layer of images together by aligning, painting and fusing the pictorial elements. He does so utilizing different methods, including varying painting techniques, collage and printmaking/graphic art. The motifs' strikingly simple descriptions coalesce with nuanced layers of expert technique. The imagery in his works references the American pop-art tradition, and is informed as well by Art Brut. However, the images that he chooses from countless sources ultimately contain societal relevance: Baechler's works explore the language of cultural symbols.

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  • Stephan Balkenhol  (+)

    Biography : Born in Fritzlar/Hessen, Germany 1957 | Lives and works in Karlsruhe, Kassel and Berlin, Germany, and Meisenthal, France. Balkenhol studied at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (1982) and has served as professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe since 1992. His work have been exhibited extensively in international exhibitions and is included in several collections, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, as well as in the Art Institute of Chicago. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Stephan Balkenhol since 2009.

    Detailed Description : German artist Stephan Balkenhol is one of the preeminent sculptors of our time. His practice grew out of the dominant trends of Minimalism and Conceptualism in the 1970s, where he stood alone in his desire to reintroduce the figure to contemporary sculpture. Carved from a single wood block and often incorporating a pediment, each work demonstrates the artist’s raw and spontaneous treatment of the material. Chisel marks, fissures and splinters show the medium as both living and inanimate. Moreover, the characters are painted in the simplest but most effective colors and color combinations.

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    • Stephan Balkenhol - Woman in a Burgundy Dress Woman in a Burgundy Dress

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  • Peter Halley  (+)

    Biography : Born in New York, NY 1953, Halley has received his education from the Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA), and from the University of New Orleans, New Oreleans, LA (MFA). Halley’s work has been exhibited extensively around the world. He has held solo exhibitions recently at the Lever House Art Collection, New York, (2018) the Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2016), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California (2015) and the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Étienne, France (2014). Halley’s works can be found in numerous public collections, including the Tate Modern, London, England, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France, among others. Halley lives and works in New York, NY, USA.

    Detailed Description : Peter Halley is an American artist who came to prominence as a central figure in the Neo-Conceptualist movement of the 1980’s. Beginning in the early 1980s, Peter Halley has employed the language of geometric abstraction in paintings that explore the organization of social space in the digital age. In recent decades, his work has branched out to encompass architectural-scale installations that include paintings, algorithmic flowcharts, digital prints, and other diverse media. In an era increasingly dominated by digital technology and social media, Halley’s influence—as artist, writer, magazine publisher and university professor—has been widely recognized.

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    •  Peter Halley - Detainment Detainment

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  • Jacob Hashimoto  (+)

    Biography : Born in Greeley, Colorado 1973 | Lives and works in New York City, U.S.A and Verona, Italy. Hashimoto graduated from the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and held his first solo exhibition that same year. Hashimoto has had numerous exhibitions around the world and his work can be found in prestigious private collections. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Jacob Hashimoto since 2011.

    Detailed Description : Jacob Hashimoto’s works combine Japanese handicraft tradition with Anglo-American minimalism. His artwork embodies his longtime fascination with the intersections of painting and sculpture, abstraction and landscape. Each work is comprised of hundreds of small bamboo and paper kite-like elements. These kite elements are strung together in chains, and layers of these chains are stretched taught between short dowels that project from wall-mounted brackets, creating a densely layered and fragmented tapestry of image or pattern. The elements forming these tapestries are a solid color of paper, or a complex, collaged pattern of multicolored cut paper. While the individual components remain more or less abstract, overall, clusters of pattern, stripes, or waves of color are formed, giving the works a pictorial quality that suggests organic forms, vistas, scrolling video games, or even board games. Through this unique process Hashimoto's works convey an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight. Hashimoto’s working method is very open-ended, allowing him to sample art-historical references, icons of the every-day, and mismatched narratives within each composition.

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  • Secundino Hernández  (+)

    Biography : Born in Madrid, Spain 1975 | Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Over the last few years, Hernández has had numerous exhibitions at major art museums and in Europe's leading galleries. The artist's works are also included in several significant private collections, such as the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Hernández graduated from the Universidad Complutense Department of Painting in Madrid, Spain. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Secundino Hernández since 2010.

    Detailed Description : Secundino Hernández is known for his expressive paintings that exude youthful energy. He transforms the simple surface with strong, black, cartoonlike contours that are in a stark contrast with the minimalist canvas. The color areas create a three-dimensionality that increases the impact of Hernández’s expressive brush statements. Proficient composition allows the artist to combine different elements towards a harmonious whole. Hernández approaches his works from the premise of figurative expression; his paintings contain references to Francis Picabia and Joan Miró, amongst other surrealists. History, however, appears fragmented, its components concealed or scattered. Action painting is reminiscent of the spontaneous strokes and expressive color fields generated in the analytical process, wherein the artist makes visible the various stages of creation: the blend of colors and the cartoon-like borders are outlined not on the palette but rather directly onto the canvas. Radiating fascination with the creative process, Hernández’s work grounds the visual power of painting firmly in the present.

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    • Secundino Hernández - 2018
Acrylic on linen
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28.74 x 19.69 in 2018 Acrylic on linen 73 x 50 cm 28.74 x 19.69 in

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  • Chantal Joffe  (+)

    Biography : Born in St. Alban's, UK 1969 | Lives and Works in London, UK. Joffe has had numerous solo exhibitions in her home country, the UK, as well as in continental Europe and the US. A graduate from the Royal College of Art, Joffe has won numerous art prizes and garnered much acclaim. In 2006, the magazine Latest Art selected her as the most important female artist of all time. Her works are included in several major collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Saatchi Collection in London, Tate Collection and the Royal College of Art in London. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Chantal Joffe since 2013.

    Detailed Description : Chantal Joffe’s oil paintings raise vital questions concerning what makes a work’s subject matter relevant, while examining the expectations and challenges facing today's feminist art. Renowned for her large oil paintings, which often involve women and children in understated situations, Joffe's soulful images of women drill deep into the psyche, creating an emotionally and psychologically charged atmosphere. Joffe paints self-portraits as well as portraits of the artist's daughter, friends, and even anonymous women found in the pages of fashion magazines. Joffe fills the portraits with such nuanced characteristics that individuated spiritual presences can be sensed within the paintings. Via distorted perspectives generated by cut paper and brush strokes, the artist manages to illustrate her models as real people, of body and soul. The humorous, subtly provocative style in which Joffe presents her motifs—combined with the oil paintings’ dripping paint from blithe strokes—raise conflicting emotions. While displaying confidence in the emotional effect colour elicits, Joffe’s paintings represent more than feelings awakened through color. The concept of time, and the inevitable changes it entails, is also present in her works.

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  • Juri Markkula  (+)

    Biography : Juri Markkula was born in Turku (Finland) in 1970 and Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. He lives and works in Visby on the island of Gotland (Sweden).

    Detailed Description : Markkula’s technique skirts the shifting boundaries between different art forms. He harnesses digital tools and 3D printing technology. His sculptural paintings are made up of diverse gathered elements such as leaves, grass and pine needles. He assembles his compositions by placing each element thoughtfully and then scanning them to create a three-dimensional relief to which he adds a finishing coat of pigment. The topography of his compositions is in ever-shifting motion. His use of readymade materials is a playful nod to art history while also celebrating the new avenues opened by digital technology.

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    • Juri Markkula - Green to Lilac Green to Lilac

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  • Jason Martin  (+)

    Biography : Born 1970 in Channel Islands, UK | Lives and works in London, UK and Portugal. Martin follows in the footsteps of the YBA generation. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmith College in London in 1989–1993. Martin’s works have been exhibited widely in the US and Europe at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2009, and at Centro de Arte Contemporàneo de Malaga in 2008. His works are included in numerous private and public collections worldwide, such as Denver Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York and Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Jason Martin since 2012.

    Detailed Description : Jason Martin creates masterfully illusions of depth. His works are steeped in materiality, movement and a powerful physicality in quite a sensual way. The large-scale monochromatic sculptural paintings consist of thick surfaces of oil or acrylic gel spread on top of a reflective metal such as aluminum, in one movement. This movement is usually repetitive, until the perfect balance of paint, translucence and striation is achieved. Martin negotiates between the boundaries of Action Painting, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism.

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    • Jason Martin - Judith Judith
    • Jason Martin - Ultramarine blue cork stack Ultramarine blue cork stack

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  • Reima Nevalainen  (+)

    Biography : Born in Espoo, Finland 1984 | Lives and works in Porvoo, Finland. Nevalainen was selected Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016 and has recently finished his first two extensive solo exhibitions in relation to the award at Tampere Art Museum and Aboa vetus & Ars Nova Museum. Both exhibitions featured his latest paintings, a selection of his earlier major painted works and a wide array of drawings from throughout his career. Nevalainen graduated as a painter from the Kankaanpää Art School in 2008. In addition to one-man shows in Finland and Japan, he has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions. Nevalainen’s work is included in several collections in Finland, including the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, the Finnish Art Society, and the Helsinki Art Museum and Pori Art Museum. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Reima Nevalainen since 2011.

    Detailed Description : Humans and nature serve as the subject matter of Reima Nevalainen’s collage paintings – not as conflicting elements, however, for human figures and nature coexist as equals in his compositions. Nevalainen mines his subject matter from personal experience, trusting in the intuitive power of the subconscious. The sense of intimacy is heightened by his multi-layered collage technique, in which he combines paint with materials such as sand and paper, or scrapes away the paint to reveal contrasting surfaces underneath.

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  • Kim Simonsson  (+)

    Biography : Born in Helsinki 1974 | Lives and works in Fiskars, Finland. Graduating as a ceramics major from the University of Arts and Design in 2000, Simonsson was chosen Finland’s Young Artist of the Year in 2004. He is an internationally active artist whose works are found in Finnish and foreign collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Kim Simonsson since 2015.

    Detailed Description : Kim Simonsson deploys different techniques when manipulating the surfaces of his ceramic sculptures that portray denizens of parallel realities. He renews the traditions of ceramic art by combining the vocabulary of classic marble sculpting with computer games and other elements of popular culture.

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  • Donald Sultan  (+)

    Biography : Born in Asheville, North Carolina 1952 | Lives and works in New York and Sag Harbor, NY. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1973) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1975), Sultan held his first solo exhibition at Artist Space in New York in 1977. It marked the beginning of a series of large international exhibitions. Sultan's works are in many prestigious collections including the Tate Gallery London, Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, as well as New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Donald Sultan since 2003, yet the collaboration started as early as 1992.

    Detailed Description : Donald Sultan is best known for his minimalistic representations of fruit and flowers in a voluminous oeuvre of work that utilizes, and often combines, the media of painting, printing, and sculpting. The works' predominant feature is the large surfaces' abundant textures. Sultan examines the interface between the industrial and the organic by depicting flowers and fruit using industrial materials such as enamel, tar, vinyl tiles and industrial flock. He builds up thoroughly elegant paintings, which monumentalize subjects from still lives to such ephemera as the swirling of smoke rings. These works combine the artificial and industrial imagery so endemic to his work.

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    • Donald Sultan - Black Flowers Black Flowers

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  • Toni R. Toivonen  (+)

    Biography : Born in Helsinki, Finland 1987 | Lives and works in Helsinki and Hämeenkoski. Toivonen has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2016. He has won The Art of Basware 2014 global competition, held for artists under 30 years old. As a student at Turku's University of Applied Arts Academy, Toivonen actively showcased his work, and upon completion of his studies he held a solo exhibition, Black Sheep, as a result of a residency at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Toivonen's work has been exhibited in Finland, London, and New York, and his work can be found in public collections such as the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and the Sara Hildén Museum of Art. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Toni R. Toivonen since 2015.

    Detailed Description : Young visual artist Toni R. Toivonen examines the duality of life, including conceptions of life and death, body and soul. Starting out with painting, Toivonen worked with different techniques, such as oil and charcoal on canvas and chalk on chalkboard, eventually experimenting towards a more conceptual outcome, using him self or a dead animal as means of painting. Moving between abstraction and realism, Toivonen's recent gold-hued brass works depict animals lying on their sides. A dead animal's body breaks down and ceases to exist, but it still leaves its presence on the board of brass. The rotting process is physical and even grotesque, but the trace seared into the brass plate creates an aesthetic image that is peaceful and dignified. These works reflect the different sides of existence.

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  • Matthias van Arkel  (+)

    Biography : Matthias van Arkel (b. 1967) is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm and New York. Van Arkel has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Sweden, as well as internationally, both in Europe and in the US. He is represented in several public collections, among them Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Borås Art Museum, Borås and the Public Art Agency, Sweden. His public commissions include Värta Terminalen, Stockholm, Sweden, Jakobsbergs Bus Terminal, Stockholm, Sweden and the Atlantic Plumbing Building, Washington, USA.

    Detailed Description : Using silicon rubber as his medium, Matthias van Arkel creates a three-dimensional surface where bare colors and strokes build up the image without a canvas or any supporting structure. This unique technical approach enables him to study the essence of painting as a space and a gesture, in an unprecedented way. There is no border where the creative act meets the physical substance; in van Arkel’s works they become one.

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    • Matthias van Arkel - Stripe Painting SSQ Stripe Painting SSQ

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  • Jannis Varelas  (+)

    Biography : Jannis Varelas, born in Athens, Greece, in 1977, has received his education from the Royal Collage of Art in London. Varelas’ work has been exhibited widely around the world at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, London’s Saatchi Gallery, and the Kunsthalle Wien. The artist divides his time between Los Angeles, Vienna, and Athens.

    Detailed Description : Jannis Varelas unveils the surprising side of banal elements in everyday life. Playfully fusing abstraction and realistic representation, his paintings explore lived spaces through a myriad of collage-like details. He constructs the reality from fragments: like in archeological excavations, lived moments are presented to us in a seemingly arbitrary composition of random traces. We are shown a lighter lying on a packet of cigarettes, a small stained cloth resembling the head of a mythical creature, food leftovers shaped like a happy face: when seen from a specific perspective, these insignificant remnants suggest a different reality that can open up to a new dimension, full of possibilities. The signs and symbols in Varelas’ work resemble automatic painting or children’s drawings, with added dynamism deriving from the artist’s highly physical, expressive technique. His work reflects on social issues and the plight of humanity in world history, but the thematic content is expressed in a web of subtle allusions that spontaneously follow the artist’s irrational trains of thought.

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    •  Jannis Varelas - Untitled / The Hunter Untitled / The Hunter

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  • Bernar Venet  (+)

    Biography : Born in Châteaux-Arnoux, France 1941 | Lives and works in New York and France. Venet's work has been exhibited widely in museum and gallery exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Asia. In the summer of 2011 six million visitors admired the sculptor's work in the gardens around Versailles. Venet's work is represented in a number of notable collections such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Gallery of Art, the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Galerie Forsblom has been representing Bernar Venet since 2012.

    Detailed Description : Bernar Venet bridges the dichotomy between mathematical precision and natural chaos. Known for his dynamic steel sculptures and arches, which play with gravity and three-dimensionality, Venet is regarded a pioneer in minimalist, conceptual sculpture. As a key player in the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Venet evolved a new aesthetic with steel as his medium and mathematic configurations as his subject.

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Other Represented Artists

  • Jiagang Chen

  • Mark Francis

  • Ron Gorchov  (+)

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  • Keith Haring  (+)
  • Veikko Hirvimäki  (+)

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  • Jacqueline Humphries

  • Kaarina Kaikkonen  (+)
  • Per Kirkeby

  • Ola Kolehmainen  (+)

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  • Sami Lukkarinen  (+)

    Biography : Born in Jyväskylä, Finland 1976, Lukkarinen graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. His works are in the collections of several museums and foundations, such as Kiasma and the Saastamoinen Foundation. In addition to private showings, he has participated in many group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. The artist lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

    Detailed Description : In his oil paintings, Sami Lukkarinen examines the relationship between the digital image and painting as well as the phenomenon associated with profile images from social media. Lukkarinen creates an intermediate space with his large pixilated paintings in which two opposite methods of presentation meet. Pictures from the computer screen swarm around in small clumps. These pictures Lukkarinen creates as large oil paintings by examining every pixel’s color tone, one at a time. He mixes the correlating tone with oil paints and paints it with a palette knife on the canvas. The boundaries painted by the palette knife remain sharp; they overlap, over and over again, forming a three-dimensional surface on the painting. The tight organization of pixels in the digital image breaks down as the work progresses, as differently sized and directional palette-knife strokes create an individual rhythm for the painting. The works also contain a spatial element: when the works are viewed from up close, the impression is one of abstract and painted, but when viewed from further off, the figure becomes more precise.

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  • Jarmo Mäkilä

  • Heikki Marila

  • Ryan McGinness

  • Bjarne Melgaard

  • Mariko Mori

  • Tony Oursler  (+)

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  • Marc Quinn  (+)
  • Adam Saks

  • Julian Schnabel  (+)

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  • Keith Sonnier

  • Manolo Valdés  (+)
  • Not Vital

  • Martin Wickström  (+)

    Biography : Born in Finspång 1957, Wickström studied at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (1982 – 1987) and at Gerlesborgsskolan, Stockholm (1977 – 1981). He has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in Sweden and abroad. His works are represented in several private and public collections such as Skövde Konstmuseum, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Fredrik Roos nordiska samling and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. The artists lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Detailed Description : From the breathtaking play of light across building facades to dizzying mountain passes, Martin Wickström combines paintings, models and ready-mades in intricate installations into presentations ranging from a personal family album to the international political arena. In Wickström’s work, psychoanalysis and semiotics meet in an interaction between the documentary and private life. Previously existing cultural material – documentary photographs, portraits of film stars from days gone by, or fragments from a Spiderman cartoon – mingle with personal experiences and elements from recent history. Everything is skillfully combined in a balancing act between pop art and Swedish melancholy. Something seductive emerges from Wickström’s process: in the colouring, highlights and brushwork. At times the shimmering sediment of the enchanting painting is shattered by sawed off and white-painted shapes, brutally screwed to the surface of the painting – a silhouette of a residential complex or a simple office chair. The sign occupies the foreground, though its information is greatly reduced. Meanwhile, these components demand to be anchored in a room other than the one depicted. The perspective shifts from signs to motifs, from mass culture to melancholy.

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Galerie Forsblom holds a unique position on the Nordic art scene as one of the largest and most international contemporary art galleries by bringing international established artists to its exhibition spaces in Helsinki and Stockholm. While the exhibition programs consist of a wide range of medias within the visual arts, Galerie Forsblom is highly profiled as presenting excellence in contemporary painting as well as sculpture.

Galerie Forsblom has from the very beginning presented established domestic art to local and international audiences, and today the Studio functions as a space for presenting a careful selection of younger artists.

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