press release

Fragmented Realities
07.06.2019 - 18.08.2019

In the natural sciences, researchers have succeeded in breaking down living systems to their smallest constituents; to genes and molecules. The human body has broken into billions of fragments which has given us unique knowledge of life and man. At the same time, it is just a sensation of the complex system that forms the whole. In order to understand how everything is connected, we need to see how it works small and large.

Here, in the movement between micro and macrocosm, chaos and order, dissonance and harmony, dissolution and structure, we find the core of this summer's group exhibition, which presents five artists: Anastasia Ax , Alina Chaiderov , Serina Erfjord , Monika Grzymala and Henrik Håkansson . In various ways, the artists ask questions about what happens when something is broken down into particles, or investigates the dissolution of matter, structure and systems. In installation, video, painting and sculpture, the artists explore the new realities that are born from the fragmented universe of the disintegration state.

Serina Erfjord's work Among Stars is a poetic and quiet depiction of the smallest elements of photography. Here the image is transformed into small particles of light and silver, which weightlessly floats in a black room, like a starry sky.

Anastasia Ax's work and performance The World As of Yesterday can be regarded as both a creative process and a destruction act. She uses large bales consisting of thousands of pressed layers of recycled paper. With a violent force, the Ax decomposes the paper and allows ink to flow over the installation. Here she dismantles the white cube and swears its walls and symbolic value. The work is a strong and irrevocable comment on our consumption society, and forms an archive of the unwanted.

Monika Grzymala's work consists of several kilometers of tape. In her works, she challenges traditional painting by blowing its frame and forming spatial installations reminding us of the power of explosions or organic parasites.

Henrik Håkansson's work The Symptoms of the Universe shows in slow motion a tree that bursts into small pieces and which is presented in its physical form in the room. Through tree chips and remnants we are faced with a new universe where the tree's resolution opens up for a reflection on people's relation to the different events of life, and the cycle of nature and society.

Alina Chaiderov's work Untitled (Kid Concrete) is an abstract composition consisting of a gray-painted linoleum mat with newspaper spreads, whose novelties are painted and blotted out in the same universal gray color. About 50 neo-yellow tennis balls challenge the symmetrical order by being placed both inside and just outside this framework. Through displacements and movements in sculptural compositions, she takes on themes such as matter, memory, time and space.