Eighteen proudly presents
- A solo exhibition by Bo Christian Larsson
Opening reception Friday September 15. 2017. From 17.00 – 21.00.
Exhibition period September 16. – November 18. 2017
Light Traps, Bo Christian Larsson’s new body of work, consists of 24 sculptures that all
incorporate electric light. The sculptures are composed with wood, antlers, fur, concrete, marble,
steel, glass, seashells and various other materials. Many of the materials are salvaged or sourced
from the woodlands surrounding Larsson’s home and studio in the north of Sweden. The
sculptures vary in size: Creature stands tall as a man - a body of deer antlers, logs, branches,
feathers, with a spine of brass and hooves in cement. Forrest Satellite a waist high spider-like
creation with iron legs and a core of pine needles capsulated in cast plastic, sprouts a metal
antenna that grows into a light disc.
The light traps appear both raw and crafted, simultaneously traditional and avant-garde. They
have the magnetic lure of a bonfire and the narrative of a totem. Rich in history and tradition.
The Light Traps are influenced by various epochs in the fields of design, art history, science and
craftsmanship. Marcel Duchamp, Nikola Tesla, Joseph Beuys, assemblage, Dadaism, Arte
Provera, folk art, punk and elements of mid-century design can all be traced in the linage of the
new sculptures. The sculptures also have a strange tribal appeal, objects that defy logic and the
contemporary, they have a ritualistic vein. Listening to the trees in a forest at night. The taste of
sweat. Sharpening a knife. The smell of wood. An animal howl. An ancient thought, thought
again. An air of the occult. The touch of an old artifact, holding hands with natural and human
history. An object of culture meant to be shared through time. In Light Traps you sense a
recognition and respect for the materials used and recycled. A thoughtful cosmic economy.
The intersection of the intellectual and the primal has always seemed to be at the heart of Bo
Christian Larsson’s practice. A fascination for the untamed, uncultivated and wild, combined with
the intention of harnessing the potential of this energy and sharing it, without causing harm or
destruction. In Light Traps the two paths seem to coexist, they are not forcefully merged, they
merely are, like a right hand and a left hand. Darkness and light. Larsson spent the better part of
the last two years creating this immersive exhibition and it is a pleasure presenting his first
exhibition in Eighteen.
Bo Christian Larsson, born 1976 in Kristinehamn, Sweden, lives and works in Älvkarhed,
Sweden, and Berlin, Germany. Recent exhibitions include the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia,
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark, Institut für Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, Germany
and Borås Art Museum, Sweden. Larsson’s work is represented in various public and private