The 10th edition of MARKET Art Fair, MARKET Art Fair 2015, is on display this weekend at Liljevalchs in Stockholm. As a part of Stockholm Art Week, MARKET is one of the high points, presenting a selection of 35 of the most interesting galleries on the Scandinavian art scene right now. Klara Åsman and Jesper Dahl from Radar went there to bring you their view of it, and to pick their favorite booths at the fair.
First and foremost we feel that we have to mention the fair’s curated space, aptly named MARKET Space, which works as a great summary/survey of the scene at the moment. The mixture of new modernism, expressionist painting and industrial sculpture pin-points the direction of so many of the exhibitors and the ambitious character of the fair.
These are the galleries you should take an extra look at:
Klara: Galleri Andersson Sandström shows a well-picked selection of works by three artists in their booth: Maria Friberg, Tatjana Valsang and Wilhelm Mundt. I really like that the pieces in the space contrast each other where softness meets hardness, and abstract meets pictorial – yet together, all the works gives a dynamic whole. Tatjana Valsang’s enormous abstract paintings with their fluid expression contrasts Wilhelm Mundt’s glossy aluminum ”Trashstones”, but still communicate with the sculptures organic form. The expression of the high polished surface in Mundt’s works are being picked up in Maria Friberg’s photographs portraying children floating in a sea of Lego, that creates a landscape, which communicates with Tatjana Valsang’s painterly expression. I really love the works of this three artists with their clear personal styles.
Jesper: I am such a sucker for works like the Trashstones by Wilhelm Mundt. I can’t help but to think of the trash/waste based accumulative portraits that Arman made of his fellow artists, although the secretive nature of these pieces serve well as a counterpart to our increasingly snoopy, information-based society. The fact that they are made out trash and covered in polished aluminum, and later sold as fairly expensive sculptures, is just too much of an “another man’s treasure” moment to ignore.
Klara: The Danish gallery Alvskarl Gallery is hidden in the corner of one of the inner rooms at the fair, it makes a mysterious impression with its selection of only abstract pieces in the color scale black, purple, grey, and gold. They represent three Danish artists: Sergej Jensen, Mette Winckelmann and Gregor Hildebrandt. The selection of these three artists together works as a whole of a certain kind of minimalistic modernist art that I love; it’s clear that all three artists works with conceptual thoughts as well as an artistic process with focus on the materials. I think both Jesper and I found one of our favorite pieces in the whole fair here; the huge, black, sewn, canvas by Sergej Jensen, Untitled, from 2015, that makes me think of works by Landon Metz, yet this has a darker and more harsh expression.
Jesper: I have to agree. This was great. That one dark piece was, ironically, the highlight of our visit. This is why collaborative reviews are so tricky, Klara and I ended up agreeing on quite a lot. We bickered about who was supposed to write this one, and I slept while Klara worked. Shame on me. I would’ve loved to see them in a larger booth, with a few more of Sergej Jensen’s works. Now it comes across as an altar piece, guarded and supported by the rest of their selection.
Klara: Another Danish gallery presenting interesting works is LARMgallery that has focused on only one artist: Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen. The pieces are made in gouache and oil on paper, and are mostly huge collages. The collages are pictorial and have the style of traditional Japanese painting, yet they are picturing modern objects in a fun and stylistic way. I appreciated this booth even though I knew that Jesper would hate it… The pieces here are maybe not the most avant-garde ones, but it is coherent and I think it makes a calm relief in the fair.
Jesper: There was a painting of a clown. It freaked me out, and so does the pictorial half of the time.
Jesper: Belenius/Nordenhake is a local darling, a young favorite that serves as a selection of the Stockholm avant-garde if you will. I hope that this will be as obvious to foreign visitors as it is to us, showing the likes of Ilja Karilampi and Mads Aaroe. The floor is filled with versatile metal sculpture, contrasting the paint-on-canvas nature of the walls. The triptych by Leif Elggren is most definitely eye-catching as well.
Klara: Most of the pieces here belong to my favorites of this years fair. I really love the selection of hefty pieces that stands out in one of the bigger rooms at Liljevalchs – clear colors, glossy sculptures and neon. I agree with Jesper and hope the visitors realize the potential of this young gallery.
Cecilia Hillström Gallery
Jesper: The gallery is showing Linda Hofvander, Clay Ketter and David Molander. Clay Ketter and Linda Hofvander mirrors each other perfectly as they both deal with material, structure and texture. It is a serious and beautifully curated booth that stands out in its simplicity and directness. It is a discrete show of strength and consistency.
Klara: I’m a fan of Linda Hofvanders work. She takes photography to a new dimension by making sculptures of the pictures. Bringing together architecture, scenography and geometrical objects, her work creates a interesting urban expression. Together with the other artists and especially the works of David Molander I think this booth gives a really nice and graphic impression.
Apart from these selections above there are many memorable displays this year. Copenhagen’s V1 Gallery showed Wes Lang and John Copeland, an unusually commercial and flashy choice for Stockholm. Loyal Gallery is also a must-see, showing dreamy and mysterious paintings by Danilo Stankovic. We also have to mention that Andréhn-Schiptjenko has build an ambitious a site-specific colorful mini-exhibition with artist Carin Ellberg, the mural is perhaps the only site-specific piece presented this year, a gesture we appreciate from one of Stockholm’s stronger galleries.
For more information about Market Art Fair, please visit their homepage by clicking here! Market Art Fair is a part of Stockholm Art Week and will be on display att Liljevalchs in Stockholm 17-19 April.