Jacquelyn Davis

  • picks July 02, 2017

    Klas Eriksson

    Swedish artist Klas Eriksson has developed a practice rooted in examining subcultures via works in public spaces and spontaneous performances. With an interest in how power flows and how crowds function, the artist attempts to unpack sociopolitical dynamics using playful tactics. This show raises the question: Who belongs in a gallery or institution, and how do these entities influence artists given “free rein” of such spaces?

    For the paintings in “Smoke on Smoke,” 2015, smoke bombs were used to infuse color into canvas; the series is a variant of Eriksson’s site-specific performance pieces in

  • picks March 23, 2017

    Leontine Arvidsson

    Leontine Arvidsson’s second solo exhibition at this gallery emphasizes the actions of overlapping and layering, as opposed to erasing or rejecting, to create successful works. Failure here is viewed as either an obsolete or merely subjective idea. Most of the pieces displayed have a quality that leaves one feeling as if they are in the midst of construction or a process that slowly morphs with quiet tenacity. In times like these, the means prove to be more significant than the ends, since resistance is often effected through incremental gestures and decisions that compile over time.

    Her new

  • picks February 08, 2017

    Lovisa Ringborg

    In Lovisa Ringborg’s second exhibition at this gallery, the artist upholds the argument that displaying a set of harmonious works can be more potent than a plethora of free-floating entities. Showing nine C-prints of varying dimensions, Ringborg infuses the works with an entrancing mood of eerie denouement: Visitors may feel as if they arrived too late for a significant event, ending up instead engulfed in the isolation that follows an abandoned exploit. The photographer convinces viewers to enter a slippery world highlighting dreams and speculation. Nesting (all works 2017) emphasizes Ringborg’s

  • picks September 07, 2016

    Ulf Rollof

    Sequestered above the restaurant Nosh & Chow in Stockholm (designed by Barcelona-based Lázaro Rosa-Violán), renowned Swedish artist Ulf Rollof's current solo exhibition is the last installment in a trilogy that began in Mexico City. Yet these works were prepared in Ventura, California, where he now resides. A multifaceted creator, Rollof seamlessly glides between three distinct mediums—painting, glass, and paper. With a history of highlighting both the conditional and the existential while aspiring to be universally accessible, the artist now bombards his audience with stirring pieces—confirming

  • picks August 09, 2016

    “Personal”

    Differentiating between public and private spheres can be challenging. This group exhibition focuses on how one might successfully share a subjective experience when most individuals are conditioned to distance themselves from others. All four artists in the show experiment with documentary formats, spanning installation, video, painting, and cinematic offshoots. It is easy to oversimplify an observed experience in social media, where an influx of sensationalist explosions and a saturation of stimuli push one to absorb information. This show slows down processing and considers one human factor

  • picks May 12, 2016

    Christine Ödlund

    In a delicate fusion of scientific experimentation, metaphysics, and exchange between human beings and plants, Swedish artist Christine Ödlund provides an enchanting display of paintings, drawings, videos, and an organic installation that entices viewers to reconsider their relationships with both secular and spiritual realms. The exhibition positions her recent works against a backdrop of more recognizable pieces and emphasizes an open-ended discourse between speculation and knowledge, science and art. Its phantasmagorical qualities are conducive to expanding one’s perspective across these

  • picks December 19, 2015

    Olafur Eliasson

    Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition “Reality Machines” serves as both a retrospective, including almost twenty key pieces from across his career, and a successful display of the modernist cohesion between art, architecture, and design. It is useful to consider the works here as discrete objects and then create an overarching narrative where multiple works relate to one another. The artist places significant responsibility on the viewer to determine the works’ individual and collective meaning.

    This show is motion-oriented and keenly engineered to focus on human beings’ spontaneous,

  • picks September 10, 2015

    Camilla Løw

    In Norwegian artist Camilla Løw’s fourth solo exhibition, “Nerves and Muscles,” the sculptures appear to be playful jaunts, but they are quite sophisticated in terms of their placement and distinct design. The simplest impression is not always synonymous with the easiest or less complex of choices, rather it’s the less visually complex path that often harbors deeper meaning otherwise undetected. There is a peculiar triad of creative directions present in this show: One trajectory involves towerlike beams that either are white-washed or incorporate vibrant colors, as in Synthetic (all works 2015).

  • picks May 29, 2015

    “Young Pioneers”

    A group exhibition curated by Elisabeth Byre, “Young Pioneers” exhibits a diverse array of new art from Oslo-based artists who reinforce the notion that the progressive city demands more attention in the face of being usurped in international standing by others cities that are equally forward-thinking and conscientious. In conjunction with Oslo’s multiple current initiatives revolving around brand-management strategies, the Kunsthall and other organizations have been invited to collectively respond by showcasing the city’s emerging and fresh talent of tomorrow.

    The works presented in the exhibition

  • picks February 28, 2015

    Ofer Wolberger

    Ofer Wolberger’s first exhibition in Scandinavia, titled “Nein,” displays works ripe from the artist’s teenage inexperience. Wolberger refuses to show any signs of an original gesture with this collection of paintings, for one of which he appropriates the titular image of Dopey, 2015. The singular, doe-eyed cartoon dwarf is borrowed both from Walt Disney’s and Adolf Hitler’s supposed sketches of the character—as the press release states—emphasizing the difficulty of verifying an image’s origin, as well as the murky ethics of some creativity. The paintings appear childish and playful, as in the

  • picks January 15, 2015

    “The Alien Within”

    “The Alien Within” concerns a complex dialogue around how Western society’s structure is influenced by fear as a normative factor. Emphasizing an unstable European political climate, it raises specific questions such as whether creatives are now expected to tackle sociopolitical issues directly or how fear and paranoia exist in growing multicultural sites, such as Malmö, in part due to fluctuating demographics.

    The exhibition includes works such as Christoph Schlingensief’s Animatograph—Iceland-Edition. (House of Parliament/House of Obsession) Destroy Thingvellir, 2005, a multimedia installation

  • picks September 23, 2014

    Michael Manning

    For his solo debut, Los Angeles–based artist Michael Manning presents large-scale paintings, videos, and installations that revolve around his interest in punk counterculture movements and their rapport with “reactionary network politics,” which use the Internet as medium. One initially encounters a wreath of blue hyacinths, in part paying homage to Darby Crash’s suicide (from the California punk band The Germs). The artist’s mélange of “trill” abstraction—including vibrant colors digitally printed onto nylon, as in Wild Salmon and Salted Avocado Hecado, 2014, which is displayed across the main

  • picks June 12, 2014

    Martin Jacobson

    In Martin Jacobson’s third exhibition at this gallery, titled “Landscapes,” the Swedish artist has appropriated the archetypal nature panoramas of the decorative art often found in hotel rooms and flea markets. Jacobson has altered these images by incorporating unbelievable shades and hues that are nonexistent in reality. In Landscape 8, 2014, for example, he depicts skies that are neon blue and a forest that harbors rich shades of violet and plum. In Forest Pond, 2012, the artist has delicately painted the leaves in contrasting light and dark greens and speckled them with pink and yellow,

  • picks January 06, 2014

    David Maljković

    Boredom and unnecessary repetition are looming threats for any contemporary artist or astute curator. Croatian artist David Maljković’s current solo exhibition, in a location that purports to be the largest exhibition space in the Baltic region (nearly 26,000 square feet), attracts attention due to the artist’s decision to reassess his previous projects with an emphasis on altering perception. The same exhibition space hosts an extensive Fluxus archive highlighting the creative efforts of Lithuanian-born American artist George Maciunas. The newly revisited work by Maljković appears linked to

  • picks September 17, 2013

    Leif Elggren

    Leif Elggren is unavoidable in Scandinavia: Not only is he known for his profound oeuvre of sound pieces and performances, his collaborative spirit (see his work with Thomas Liljenberg and their DIY initiative Firework Edition), and his insight into the absurdities of power and privilege but the artist also owns a specific style marked by his use of yellow and black, a color combination that he has claimed as his domain since 1977. In this exhibition, Y&B, 2013, and Y&B Bed, 2012, visually alert one to caution or danger. The show as a whole appears to be a retrospective culmination of Elggren’s

  • picks August 05, 2013

    “Sunbathers”

    In Oslo, summer is full-on, accompanied by the hedonistic joys brought on by a tenacious sun that hardly ever sets. A current exhibition at 1857, heralded by a press release remarking, “Everything is more pleasant now that it is warm outside,” features the title “Sunbathers,” which may call to mind Morrissey’s mope-rock lyrics on the subject: “Nothing appears to be between the ears of the lazy sunbathers / Too jaded to question stagnation / The sun burns through to the planet's core / And it isn't enough, they want more.” This exhibition brings an intensity akin to a sky aflame.

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  • picks March 14, 2013

    Ulrik Samuelson

    Though this exhibition—an interplay between paintings, installation, and sculpture—is Ulrik Samuelson’s first at the gallery, the Swedish artist has for decades made work with a distinctive style that also characterizes his public commission at the Kungsträdgården metro station. What strikes one as particularly Samuelsonesque is both a sense of regal power (evoked via classic architectural motifs, Nordic nature scenes, and intersecting geometric shapes), and notions of masculinity explored through sublime color schemes and unflinching landscapes that penetrate the psyche. Shades of amber and