Cecilia Hillström Gallery is pleased to present Here, There, Far Away, Johan Bergström Hyldahl’s third solo
exhibition at the gallery. With this show, he presents an installation of 3D-images and paintings on copper,
accompanied by a sound piece based on faintly recognisable music and sounds.
In the gallery space, four 3D rendered animals greet us expectantly, as if looking forward to a great adventure.
Four friends ready to embark on a journey, they seem to share their bright-eyed outlook with the romantic lineage
of explorers from the 16th century to early space exploration and today’s quest to colonize Mars.
Scientific endeavours and inventions are recurring themes in Johan Bergström Hyldahl’s art and underlie his
interdisciplinary approach, both in subject matter and in the execution of the works. For instance, the work Time
Flies, a painting on copper, is based on a topographical map. In the painting, the artist employs a process of
ageing copper, using chemicals as a palette. The geology of the Moon is revealed, with scars and indents from
meteorites having registered on the surface for millions of years.
As in previous works, the playfulness in Johan Bergström Hyldahl’s work has a dark side; a sense of lack of
purpose seems to infuse the protagonists, as though they are struggling to come to terms with the futility of it all.
In Here, There, Far Away, Bergström Hyldahl makes us look at ourselves from a distance, through the eyes of an
expectant and cuddly animal, while our lonely planet swirls around in a universe too complex to grasp.
With surrealism and humour, Here, There, Far Away is an exhibition which balances between what is near and
close, and that which takes an enormous effort to reach.
Johan Bergström Hyldahl, born 1984 in Stockholm, holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
He has also studied at Hunter College, New York (MFA), and has an MSc from Stockholm School of Economics.
Bergström Hyldahl has previously exhibited at Sven-Harrys konstmuseum, Turku Art Museum, Galleri Mejan and
Konsthandeln. He is represented in private and corporate collections in Sweden and abroad as well as in the
collection of Public Art Agency Sweden. Public commissions include Kista Library for Stockholm Art Council,
Linköping University Hospital and Stena Fastigheter.