ERIK-MARK SANDBERG, ATWATER
25 mars - 28 maj
Prior to this exhibition the work commented on the world metaphorically through the structure of portraiture. The hirsute figures were in a sense a snapshot of reverse Darwinism. I was interested in the projected idealized archetype and the unattainable emulation of the archetype in relation to one’s psychology. During the inception of this show I wanted didn’t want to comment on the world around me as much as wanting to create a tailored world from re-contextualizing environmental iconography and systems.
The title of the show ‘Atwater’ is derived from the neighbourhood in which I live and work. The environment is a highly diverse sector and is geographically located in the 13th district of LA, on the fertile flood plain of the Los Angeles River. The work focuses on the functionality and mirage of today’s hybrid landscapes. The screen, sun, and terraformed hills fuel the pursuit of an idealized oasis. The form of this work will be large monochromatic wall paintings. The graphic structure of the paintings comment and reference populace systems used to promote and create tensions within this utopian environment.
My work is primarily derived from environmental observations. The multidisciplinary works are investigational comments and explorations into understanding relationships between contemporary systems and form. The references invoked are from a contemporary point of view echoing currents of decadence. The hirsute portraits are in a sense a snapshot of reverse Darwinism. I was interested in the projected idealized archetype and the unattainable emulation of the archetype in relation to an individual’s psychology. I’m intrigued by the repeated victim of non-nutritional dietary marketing who simultaneously fell for the over sexualized garment sale and the impact of that.
The material and construction methodologies are in relation to the conceptual tensions investigated. The form of the works varies from painting, sculpture, photography, film, and printmaking. I try to work within the forms that decontextualize its original state. I like the idea of decontextualizing environmental iconography and systems like a YouTube screen shot, or an iPhone thumb doodle and presenting the image in a historical form such as printmaking or painting. This practice is a form of questioning archeology or preserving an image outside its binary code before it gets deleted, or is the digital state the more sustainable. The city of Los Angeles tends to be a natural backdrop for my work. The screen, the sun, and terraformed hills play into the pageantry and mirage of an idealized oasis.
Beach Day på Rönnells
Mellan den 21:a och 26:e mars pågår Stockholm Art Week; under denna vecka kommer Erik-Mark Sandbergs videoverk Beach Day visas nattetid i skyltfönstret på Rönnells antikvariat (Birger Jarlsgatan 32). Vi rekommenderar starkt att ni tar en sväng förbi Rönnells innan ni går hem för natten under Stockholm Art Week!