“EXIT / ENTRANCE”
Solo exhibition by:
ANDREAS JOHANSSON (SWE)
August 16 – September 14, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, August 16, 5-8 pm
Palægade 5, 1261 Copenhagen K. Phone: +45 2125 2325
Tues – Friday: 12 – 17 , Sat: 12 – 15
In his paper-collages Andreas Johansson exposes his imaginary and invites the spectator behind the constructed perspective of his landscape sceneries.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our third solo show with the Swedish artist Andreas Johansson.
At the exhibition ‘Exit/ Entrance’ Andreas Johansson will be showing paper collages, made out of photography’s he has taken of areas from his close environment.
At first glance Andreas Johansson’s 2-D paper-collages appears to be photography’s of deserted and demolished places, where all human civilization seems to have left the dilapidated concrete- and iron-constructions to the mercy of mother nature. Wild bushes and weed perforate the asphalt in front of the towering – almost roman-like – concrete columns.
The graffiti-painters have long since decorated all vertical surfaces of the ruins and a (very) clear blue sky lies on top of an ever-seductive horizon. Although a closer inspection reveal that these landscapes – on one hand quiet and on the other hand grand sceneries – are meant to be just as illusory, just as full of poetry and pent-up feelings, as the landscape paintings of the Romanticism. Andreas Johansson’s paper-collages are not only a deconstruction of the real existing places in his environment. They are also a re-construction of new imaginary places. A kind of ‘non-places’. Places that without a pre-existing history are left open to an almost nihilistic kind of perspective.
Johansson’s work deals with topics like urban design, enviromental issues and capitalism, but it also describes escapism to an urban playground, ideal for skateboarding.
Andreas Johansson’ s latest solo-exhibitions (selected): Osby Konsthall June-August 2013, Galleri Flach, Stockholm, 2012. Volta NYC , (with Gallery Flach) New York, 2012, and bendixen contemporary art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Group-shows (selected): Avesta Art, Avesta, Art Copenhagen with Galleri Flach, in Focuc” at Skånes konstförening ni Malmö, Sweden.The Biennale, ”Photo in Focus”, Skånes konstförening in Malmö, Photo-festival in Arles, France. Curator Helena Holmberg.
Coming shows: bendixen contemporary atr, Copenhagen (now) , and Umeå bildmuséum, January 2014
Andreas Johansson’s works is represented in various museums , -latest Malmö Konstmuseum. His works are also sold to many private-collectors abroad, among these, several from Copenhagen , Denmark.