We are proud to present the seventh annual exhibition at the gallery’s summer project space Hellvi Kännungs on the island of Gotland. This year we have invited the artist Jeff Olsson to live and work during the months of June and July. The gallery space will be his studio and on July 20 we will open the doors to present what has been made during his stay. The exhibition will run until July 30 and will be open every day.
In Jeff Olsson’s charcoal and graphite drawings there is an ambivalence and duality where the familiar is suddenly strange. With magnificent landscapes as a backdrop he direct its inhabitants, animals and humans, in dreamy scenes under a full moon. In a text about Jeff Olsson’s works, Ann-Charlotte Glasberg (lecturer in art theory at University of Gothenburg) writes:
I see two dominating threads in Jeff Olsson’s works that both merge and intersect. The one possesses a surrealist quality and describes items, creatures and occurrences that are in logical conflict. They are positioned and intertwined in an unexpected, boundary-transgressing and dream-like manner, giving them a powerful charge. The boundary between illusion and reality depiction is eradicated.
The other has a strain of civilization critique and is associated to that which normally is referred to as post-humanism; discussions dealing with how we can reassess and manage the world without placing mankind at its absolute center. Banishing man from this privileged perch arouses fear, but also hope.
For the opening we have invited the band Darya & Månskensorkestern to play live. The works of Jeff Olsson are presented in the cover-folder of their new album Uusi Atlantis – Det nya Atlantis (The New Atlantis).
With one foot in the past and one in the future, Darya & Månskensorkestern has played the world’s most melancholic music for more than ten years; Finnish tango.
Welcome to the Opening on Thursday July 20, 4–8 pm! Darya & Månskensorkestern begins to play at 6 pm!
Jeff Olsson was born 1981 in Kristinehamn, Sweden. He lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. Education: Gerlesborgskolan (2001–2003) and Valand Konsthögskola, Gothenburg, Sweden (2003–2008). Selected solo exhibitions: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden (2016, 2010, 2011), Market Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden (2014), Krets, Malmö, Sweden (2014), Jack Hanley, New York, USA (2013), Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden (2009) and Galleri Big Love, Gothenburg, Sweden (2005). Selected group exhibitions: Göteborgs konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015), Strandverket, Marstrand, Sweden (2015), Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014) Konsthallen–Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla, Sweden (2014), Frieze Art Fair, Jack Hanley Gallery, London, UK (2013), The Armory Show, New York, USA (2011, 2012), Garemijn Hall, Bruges, Belgium (2012), Needles and Pens, San Francisco, USA (2010), Liljevalchs Vårsalong, Stockholm, Sweden (2009), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2008) and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2008) and Art Copenhagen, Denmark (2007).