Paul Fägerskiöld’s work assumes painting as a language and then works within it to develop meaning, to explore form and to provide poetics. He presented his first solo exhibition in the United States with two distinct bodies of works.
PRISM is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Paul Fägerskiöld. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 7-9pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. The exhibition will run through to February 1, 2014.
Paul Fägerskiöld’s work assumes painting as a language and then works within it to develop meaning, to explore form and to provide poetics. For his first solo exhibition in the United States, Paul will articulate two clear faculties of painting, its semiotic voice and its aesthetic voice, via two distinct series.
The prominent series in Fägerskiöld’s exhibition is a body of work made using acrylic paint expelled from aerosol cans, in drips that form minuscule dots on the surface of the canvases. They are polychromatic surfaces that give the impression of a monochrome, depending on the proximity of the viewer to the canvas. These shifting optics define the paintings, which mix paint color through light rather than pigments, creating a dynamic surface that moves with the vision of its audience.
The second series in the exhibition is defined by semiotic information rather than optical persuasion. In his White Flag paintings, Fägerskiöld foregoes color and reproduces flags in white monochrome on natural canvas. The flags are sourced from dissolved national or regional entities, examples of failed or expired political and geographical demarcations. By divesting them of color, Fägerskiöld acknowledges that each flag has been divested of its political agency. The white flag, a metonym for surrender, becomes a filter over the more specific signs within these former flags, pointing to the surrendered politics or ideologies.
Paul Fägerskiöld was born in 1982 in Stockholm and currently lives and works in New York. Fägerskiöld was educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2010, he received a grant from the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation and in association with the grant, presented a body of work at the Bonniers Konsthall. In 2013, he was awarded the Fredrik Roos Stipendium, which was accompanied by an exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden.