Erik-Mark Sandberg (USA) 
Visas 12 mars - 1 maj

Det Nya Museet är väldigt glada över att få visa en helt nyproducerad utställning av Erik Mark Sandberg (USA). Utställningen består fotografier och två videobaserade verk Beach Day (05:10) och The Washing (08:36).

Vi passar även på att publicera en intervju med konstnären.

Erik-Mark Sandberg, if one mentions your name in Sweden most people think you’re talking about a Swedish artist. The name Sandberg is not the most common name, but a fairly common one in art – we have some thirty recognized artists with this name – is there a link?

That is a good question, my great grandfather was given the name for his protection after leaving the Kontoret för Särskild Inhämtning or KSI when he came to the United States from Sweden.   

When did you decided to become an artist? When (if at all) did you feel you had grown into the role? 

In primary school I would sneak into the school’s library, and would do drawings of Medieval Knights and horses every chance I could. I was attracted to the fantasy escapist element one could create when drawing these type of images. I think getting praise as a small child for there accuracy fueled the developmental seeds of continuing an artistic practice from then on. I feel cultural environments play a big part of subconscious fertilization of ones language. Epic character tales and narratives were so predominate in mainstream visual culture in the US during the 1980‘s. Saturating myself with Gi Joe, WWF wrestling, and He-Man marathons reverentially effecting my future references to bigger, brighter, faster.

When and what was it that made you decide to start studying art? 

At the time I was painting cars at a Ford dealership in a snowy superb in the Midwest, got into some trouble raising hell with friends and then decided I needed to pick a new direction for my time. I decided to go back to college I began studying 3D animation, figure drawing, an reading with all my free time, the practice seemed purposeful then. 

What inspires you? 

Inspiration is so organic for me I think it comes from a large gamut of components and combination of, reactions to ideologies, current emotional state, contradictions in society, research, different conscious states of being, etc. 

Are there one or more red wires in your artistry; any themes you consciously or unconsciously revisit? One such theme – impossible to miss – is the reoccurring abundance of hair in your work, can you tell us more about that? 

I think I gravitate to revisiting my research and explorations into memory perception, effects of consumer culture, rapid tradition change, memory, and loss. The hirsutism was a metaphorical vehicle for the psychological effects of contemporary culture. I liked it because it was slightly sad, satirical, and closely referenced identity, youth, genetics etc. I was attracted to the tensions created by someone being simultaneously falling victim to sexualized teen fashion and fast food marketing, then seeing it shamelessly displayed out in public. 

In a fairly recent interview you mentioned that you had started to get interested in transcendentalism, can you tell us something about this micro movement, and the impact it has had on you? 

There is a lot of merit in the philosophy for me. And it seems even more relevant today at parts, I live in the heart of Los Angeles in the shadow of the Hollywood sign in the midst of 14 million people, with it’s endless amount of cars and concrete. I personally could not exist in this city without getting to become whole again with nature. A removal from the city’s imperfections bill boards, commercials, sirens, helicopters, etc helps to regain holistic perspective on life. I was an avid backpacker even before researching the philosophy much to the reasons stated in Emerson’s essay ’Nature’. I’ve sumitted Mt. Whitney the highest point in the continental US 5 times, trekked in the jungles of Cambodia, boated in the Mekong Delta, and have trekked many miles through Big Sur, and am currently training to hike all 3,500 km of the Appalachian Trail in 4 months solo over the summer of 2015. Seeing the epic panoramic sunsets while deep in the untouched mountains, this imaging of the divine is what Transcendentalism is about.