Jockum Nordström

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

Excepting the sex, Jockum Nordström’s tastes run to life’s colorless side. This survey of seven years of work was brimful with caricatures of George Stubbs–like horses, spineless modern architecture, birds that are nothing special, brigantines in fair weather, soulless families, and jazz trios in crew cuts and plaid jackets. Were that not tedium enough, his drawing/ collage style, which an admirer has called “outmoded,” is reminiscent of early David Hockney, with too strong a fellow feeling for outsider art.

Nordström’s style is indebted to others and his subjects are largely throwbacks to blasé society life, but that doesn’t mean they register as bland or unadventurous. His gift is for gossiping in visual whispers with lots of loose ends; he never meets you more than halfway in his stories, so you have to go the extra distance yourself if you want to find the ending. This manipulative

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