SNEAKYVILLE – curated by Sverre Malling

30. jan - 17. apr 2016

Nadine Byrne (SE)
Tessa Farmer (UK)
Sverre Malling (NO)
Jarmo Mäkilä (FI)
Russell Nachman (US)
Danilo Stankovic (SE)

 

Sverre Malling Submission is a gift to your brother, 2015

Sverre Malling (b. 1977) has throughout his entire career focused on drawing as artistic medium. In his technically accomplished and precisely rendered images, evidently inspired by the Renaissance masters, he lets a world of both beauty and creepiness to emerge – a world where it is difficult to determine whether it represents a fairy tale or a nightmare. There is always an element of dissonance in his beautiful scenarios – a dark shadow haunts and taunts us.

Jarmo Mäkilä The boy changed into a stag at the gate of secrets I, 2009

Jarmo Mäkilä
The boy changed into a stag at the gate of secrets I, 2009

As curator for this exhibition, Sverre Malling has invited five international artists with whom he feels an affinity. Not so much in terms of artistic style, since all of the artists differ widely from one another; more so as regards to themes and the ambiguous mix of something which is both appealing and at the same time menacing. Here one can find everything from predatory insects, eerie woodland scenes and heathen rituals to depraved black metal heads and morbid tourism.

Danilo Stankovic To Make Dust of all Things, 2015

Danilo Stankovic
To Make Dust of all Things, 2015

 

 

In the exhibition catalogue, in which art critic Tommy Olsson has authored the main essay, Sverre Malling has also published a “statement” recognized by all of the participating artists. This statement expounds on the opportunity of art to penetrate further and deeper into disconcerting landscape, where our suppressed thoughts and feelings suddenly re-emerge, returning to our minds as “mental monsters”. You may try to sneak away in Sneakyville, but the past or the present will always catch up with you.

Tessa Farmer The Depraved Pursuit of a Possum, 2013

Tessa Farmer
The Depraved Pursuit of a Possum, 2013

 

Nadine Byrne "Devils Canyon", 2015 Foto: Hendrik Zeitler

Nadine Byrne
“Devils Canyon”, 2015
Foto: Hendrik Zeitler