August 11 – October 23, 2021
‘If I have to choose between the painting or my ideas, I always follow the painting and in that dialogue all sorts of embarrassing, lovely moments can be revealed.’
Andreas Eriksson works mainly with painting, as well as with weaving, photography, print, drawing, sculpture and installation. His main source of inspiration is the landscape around Medelplana on the south bank of Lake Vänern, Sweden, in the middle of a forest, where he lives and has his studio. His work is not directly representational, but rather seeks to capture a certain state or an experience of the environment.
At first sight, Eriksson’s work may appear quiet, but once one becomes drawn in, one discovers an immersive world of magic, mystery, poetry and emotional intensity. Eriksson’s exceptionally sensitive exploration and interpretation of the natural world around him guarantees a transcendental level in his work.
Eriksson’s work hovers enigmatically between the abstract and the figurative and is simultaneously familiar and mysterious. The paintings are composed through the juxtaposition of multiple fields of colours and textures, resembling a large patchwork of murky browns, greys and greens. These earthy tones inevitably conjure associations with tree trunks, rocks, mud and foliage. But it is impossible to trace any topography, scenery or perspective in Eriksson’s paintings. Their strong hallucinatory orientation produces a disjunction, making it hard to understand which is the sky and which is the ground.
‘Weaving is like making a painting from behind, instead of in front’
Eriksson has described his tapestries as ‘existential landscapes’, an extension of painting in which the picture migrates to the linen itself. Concerning the differences in colour perception in tapestry and painting, Eriksson explains: ‘The canvas is linen and the tapestry is made with un-dyed and un-coloured linen, so the colours you see represent the differences in the soil where the flax has grown over the years. I have more than 50 kg of linen threads from the eighteenth century to today.’
A catalogue of the exhibition will be published.
Andreas Eriksson (b. 1975 in Björsäter, Sweden), lives and works in Medelplana on the south bank of Lake Vänern, Sweden. His work is often classified as belonging to the North European Romantic tradition.
Eriksson represented Sweden at the 2011 Venice Biennale. His art has been exhibited around the world. Notable group exhibitions include: ‘NATURE – Home & Workplace’, Nuuk Art Museum, Nuuk, GL; travelling from Johannes Larsen Museet, Kerteminde, DK and Ljungberg Museum, Ljungby, SE (2018–2020); ‘Psychotropics’, New Art Centre, Salisbury, GB (2020); ‘New Materialism’, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2018); ‘Monkey and Waterfall – Pictures of our Climate’, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, FI (2018); ‘Making and Unmaking’ curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, GB (2016); ‘Carnegie Art Award’, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, NO (2011); ‘Modernautställningen 2010’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE (2010); ‘Painting: Process and Expansion’, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, AT (2010); ‘Life Forms’, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2009).
Other notable solo exhibitions include: ‘Weaving, Sketches’, Skissernas Museum. Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, SE (2021); ‘From Sketch to Tapestry, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, SE (2020); ‘Mapping memories, tracing time’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, GB (2020); ‘Nite Flights’, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, DE (2020); ‘Memories of Snow’, Cahiers d’Art, Paris, FR (2020); ‘High and Low, In-betweens’, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, KR (2019); ‘Cutouts, Mistakes and Threads’, Braunsfelder, Cologne, DE (2019); ‘Kria’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, GB (2018); ‘Mapping’, neugerreimschneider, Berlin, DE (2017); ‘Work in Progress’, Skissernas Museum, Lund, SE (2017); Public art commission, Nya Karolinska Sjukhuset, Solna, SE (2017); ‘Röta, bråka, skäkta och häckla’, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, GB (2016); ‘Roundabouts’, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE, which toured to Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, NO; Centre PasquArt, Biel, CH and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, IS (2014–2015); ‘Levitation. Andreas Eriksson and Michel Majerus’, Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin, DE (2013); ‘The Imminence of Poetics’, 30th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, BR (2012); The Nordic Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale 2011, Venice, IT (2011); ‘Roundabout the hardship of believing’ and ‘Walking the Dog, Lying on the Sofa,’ MUMOK, Vienna, AT (2008).
Eriksson’s works are included in prominent collections internationally including: Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; FRAC, Auvergne, FR; MUMOK, Vienna, AT; Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, NO; Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenberg, SE; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE; Skövde Art Museum, Skövde, SE; National Public Art Council, SE; Sundsvall Museum, Sundsvall, SE; Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, SE and X Museum, Beijing, CN.