Galerie Anhava has the pleasure of presenting Jacob Dahlgren, Anne-Karin Furunes, Joseph James, Anne Koskinen, Matti Kujasalo, Pe Lang, Marika Mäkelä and Egill Sæbjörnsson at ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. The fair will be held from 25th February to 1st March 2015.
JACOB DAHLGREN (b. 1970 in Sweden) is an intelligent, amusing and visually fascinating artist, whose life merges with his art. With each of his works, Dahlgren proves to us that everyday life contains material for art. He processes the everyday experience, reminding us that it is worth our while to look around us. In a sense, he still carries on the tradition of constructivism, reforming and refreshing it, and placing it in the present‐day context. At ARCO, Dahlgren exhibits a relief made out of IKEA clothes hangers, a painting made of coloured pencils, and small panels with inlaid melted pastels.
ANNE‐KARIN FURUNES (b. 1961 in Norway) is one of Norway’s most widely known artists on the international scene. In recent years, her monochromatic perforated portraits have fascinated viewers in venues including the Museo Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Millesgården in Stockholm, and private galleries in Quebec, New York and Helsinki. In her works, visual charm combines with statements on behalf of oppressed, shunned and marginalized people. At ARCO Galerie Anhava will display paintings from her series Freedom Fighters.
JOSEPH JAMES (b. 1979 USA) makes paper cuttings based on drawings. The artist draws on the reverse side of colored, often painted, stiff paper and cuts out the forms with a scalpel. In fact, he cuts out everything that is unnecessary, leaving only the drawing. The resulting cobweb‐like cut pieces are superimposed, with the lower ones visible through openings of the pieces on top of them and the wall on which the works are mounted becoming part of them. These works can be based on observations and associations alike: a street scene, a photo seen in a newspaper, the idea of the structure of the human face, or how the act of drawing rapidly feels and how that feeling might look. Their language of form ranges from the almost figurative and recognizable to almost or completely abstract. The artworks are of an unassuming material and physically light, but there is much to see in them. While requiring a great deal of work, their viewing is effortless and enjoyable.
ANNE KOSKINEN (b. 1969 in Finland) is a versatile conceptual artist mastering several techniques, from marble sculpture to detailed watercolours, bronzes and installations. In her most recent works, entitled ‘Findling’, Koskinen has turned her attention to stones found in her own backyard. She is particularly intrigued by how the immaterial concept and the visible sensual image and object relate to one another. Sculpting the stone, through the process of physically removing material from the rock, Koskinen seeks the point when material becomes representational, when a found stone from nature turns into sculpture. The German title of the work ’Findling’ (Eng. foundling) itself carries both the meaning of a found infant and an erratic boulder.
MATTI KUJASALO (b. 1946 in Finland) has been working consistently in concretist art over forty years. He has developed a unique grammar of his own, while continuously discovering new areas of freedom within self‐imposed boundaries. His works also have a special lyrical tone and character that are rarely associated with constructivist art. Kujasalo’s works are included in the collections of museums such as the Albertina in Vienna, the Arithmeum in Bonn, the Forum Konkrete Kunst Museum in Erfurt, the Joseph Albers Museum in Bottorp, along with numerous private collections in Finland, Scandinavia, other European countries, and the United States.
PE LANG (b. 1974) is a Swiss artist working in Berlin. His works are mechanical‐kinetic pieces addressing the visual and poetic possibilities of matter, physics and mathematics. The artist has recently displayed his moving pieces bordering on magic a.o. in Tokyo, Zürich, London, Berlin and San Francisco. His works makes us wonder at what we see and are a reminder of how the world is full of surprising things that will mostly find an explanation.
MARIKA MÄKELÄ (b. 1947 in Finland) is one of the most highly regarded painters in the Nordic countries. Her works on panel are free‐form compositions that are sensual and unabashedly ornamental. Their materials – wood, oil, acrylic, metal pigments and glitter – have been selected over a long time and the skills of applying them have been acquired over the course of decades. The original motifs often derive from the motifs of paintings and decoration in indigenous cultures – Australian aborigines, the Yoruba, Tibetans, the Sámi. Mäkelä has borrowed, combined and applied these motifs for so long that they formed a visual idiom that we recognize and consider to be her own.
EGILL SÆBJÖRNSSON (born 1973) is an Icelandic artist residing in Berlin. His works often consist of combinations of real objects, the movement of projected video images and sound. Sæbjörnsson is witty, ingenious and deep, all in one. He makes us confused and surprised and leads us to pose ontological questions, doing so in a way that both he and we enjoy. Sæbjörnsson’s works are of an experiential nature, requiring neither instructions nor education in order to be understood.