GROUP EXHIBITION | Hidden Gems


January 21 – February 23, 2023

Unexpected treasures, captivating discoveries, hidden gems. – an evolving group exhibition.

Unexpected treasures, captivating discoveries, hidden gems.

A constantly evolving exhibition featuring works by different artists. A chance to discover and explore, unfolding over the next four weeks.

First hang features work by Lotta Antonsson, Inka & Niclas, Martin Mlecko, and Johan Österholm.

Inka (1985, Finland) & Niclas (1984, Sweden) are an artist duo who have worked together since 2007. They explore the relationship humans have with nature, working primarily with photography-based art. Their images examine the cultural perception of utopian landscapes and play with the synthesis of beauty, kitsch, and visual desire. The materiality of photography is crucial in their practice and is expressed in explicitly in the series ‘Adaptive Colorations’. Here the photograph takes on a new form, allowing us to explore not just the image but also the sculptural shape it takes. The works are displayed on custom pedestals or attached to the wall, in turn reexamining the formalities of sculpture vs photograph.

For many years now, and from various perspectives, Johan Österholm (*1983, Sweden) has focused on light, the central yet least tangible element of his chosen medium photography. Light pollution and the many effects it has on contemporary society is a key theme in his work. For ‘Moon Plates’ he covered standardised glass from an abandoned greenhouse in an emulsion of silver gelatin. The works shows the results that exposing this glass to the light of the full moon for a year has had. A poetic and laborious approach showing the impact of an ubiquitous light source whose impact might often be overlooked.

Martin Mlecko (*1951 – 2016, Germany) was an investigative artist working in a range of media who continually seeked the inherent beauty in objects. His photographic oeuvre is a collection of series without itself being serial in structure. He is both traveller and observer, sometimes also seeker, whose creative products defy relegation into the clearly defined pigeon holes of the art industry. Among his work are large-format installations and small scale documentation, both representational and abstract. His photos are put on show not so much as observations of reality. ‘Je ne sais quoi’ shows the impossibility of ultimately defining an aesthetic object in terms of language and investigates the medium of analog photography.

Based on the aesthetics of the 1960s and 1970s – a time of social upheaval – Lotta Antonsson (*1963, Sweden) complements vintage photographs from her archive of fashion, erotic, and lifestyle magazines such as Twen, Das Magazin, and Playboy and printed matters with natural materials including shells, driftwood, and gemstones in her collages. She examines the historical and photographic representation and objectification of women. Antonsson recreates and reconstructs the original context, and by using the techniques of collage and montage, a personal and unique way of looking at the ephemeral nature of things emerges.

Hidden Gems will include work by Lotta Antonsson, Inka & Niclas, Gerry Johansson, Martin Mlecko, Johan Österholm, Julia Peirone, Lisa Röing Baer, Stefanie Schweiger, Sascha Weidner and …