Welcome to double vernissage

By on May 16, 2018

Welcome to this summer’s two exhibitions: Semiotics and The Magic Box

Opening 26 May, 13.00-16.00

The exhibition will be shown until 16 September. Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 11.00-16.00. Admission free.

Most welcome!

SEMIOTICS. When Simon Klenell and Leo Tecosky met in a residency program in New York this year, they already knew each other, but made an exhibition for the first time. With the profound knowledge, craftsmanship and the many years of experience they possess, they were now ready to let go of the coaming and investigate what happens when another artist is making it into one’s own creation – right now, just while it’s going on.

Here and now also applies to Semiotics, when the two, once again together, go on untouched trails. In a couple of months, they will manufactures the exhibition in the hut STHLM Glas and AiR Gustavsberg (art gallery project team in collaboration with the G-studio), in the old porcelain factory buildings, next to the art gallery. And the place, Gustavsberg, with its tradition of crafts and creation, is important for Semiotics, they point out. Here in the allowing environment they can, safe in their respective artistry, take along the uncertainty out on new roads: “We have never been so confident in our insecurity as now!”

The creation takes place in the spirit of “the occasion makes the artist” driven by intuition and spontaneity, and rarely takes the hot glass mass a different way from what they thought from the beginning. “You think you know and understand each other and the process, but sometimes you are totally surprised at the new ones that occur”, they say, although they also do “own” works, but still in close collaboration.

In parallel, however, there is an in-depth discussion between the craft, the craftsmen and the making, and an individual and common exploration of the symbols’ function as language. Semiotics is about the study of symbols and signs. When Simon Klenell explores and challenges the traditions and languages ​​of Swedish glass art, Leo Tecosky, with his base in New York, often relates playfully to different subcultural symbols such as hip-hop and graffiti. Tecosky expresses himself next to the glass, also in graphics and visual arts, experiences that he brings into the glass hut.

The meeting between Simon Klenell and Leo Tecosky’s different worlds carries fruit – in new symbols. Without revealing too much – here and now also embodied in the process – Semiotics consists of several pieces of both glass objects, zooprops and stroboscopes, which turns into documentation, and an animation of an artistic process with several brains and hands involved.

MAGISKA LÅDAN. Päivi Ernkvist’s exhibition is also a journey on untrained roads. Inspired by the 1600 and 1700 century curiosities cabinet, Wunderkammer, she has created a mobile exhibition room, a scene. It is now showing for the first time, in Gustavsbergs Konsthall, and then going on a trip in company with anyone who sees its opportunity.

“I’m starting the baton myself. Here is the matter of magin’s possible return as a work of art, aesthetic experience. Ceramically, from my fingers it’s nature’s own magic in various organic objects that I highlight. I then link to the magic traditions in a literary context with a physically small and possibly unassuming publication. The writing is in a handmade purple box of cardboard named Magin’s rum. It is a room in the room with calls and questions in many directions,” says Päivi Ernkvist.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Gustavsberg