verk + art

Torbjörn Johansson
In our showroom
1 June – 26 August 2022

  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil

    Height 190 cm
    Width 157 cm

    Price 83 000 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil

    Height 120 cm
    Width 109 cm

    Price 54 000 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

    Requests

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK

    Requests

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  • Stråk, 2020

    Torbjörn Johansson

    Acrylic on linen, wax and oil / Acrylic on linen, sour milk

    Height 46 cm
    Width 38 cm

    Price 19 900 SEK/pcs

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Torbjörn Johansson

Color is the central element in Torbjörn Johansson´s work. His paintings, sculptures, performances and films joyfully investigate the physical characteristics of color and the materiality of paint. How do they affect us and the surrounding space?
In Verk´s showroom in Stockholm, a selection of paintings from Torbjörn Johanssons´s series Stråk (Streak) will be presented during the summer months. The title is a description of the movement that constitutes the motif in all works. We meet two enormous steaks in a large green painting dominating one wall, contrasted by a pattern of 28 small paintings on the opposite wall. The colors are many and they are strong. Luminous sometimes, subdued in other parts. These works are not hiding. Together they create an elaborate ensemble that transforms into an overall experience in relation to the room.

The paintings are an abstract study of color, form, materiality and movement. Often, there is a monochrome background on which the artist executes one or several distinctive brushstrokes. They are imprints of a concentrated movement and provide a characteristic expression for every single work. The process is as planned as it is intuitive and demands full presence.

Torbjörn Johansson´s body of work is characterized by experimentation and playfulness. There is a curiosity and fearlessness that shows for example in the use of unconventional materials like sour milk or a mixture of oil and wax in the paintings we see in the exhibition. The investigation of how color, light and surface interact with the surroundings and the viewer results in endless possibilities that occur when the artist varies these ingrediencies over and over again.

The artist´s body and movement are always present in this work. We experience the paintings as a frozen moment, like a still taken out from a larger context. There is a before and an after, an aspect of time and a flow that reaches beyond the limits of the canvas.

Torbjörn Johansson´s paintings are not descriptions, they are possibilities. With his repetitive way of working in series, he studies the infinite. He illustrates the importance and the consequences of each choice one makes – as artist in the creative process, as human in life.

To present Torbjörn Johansson´s colorful body of work is especially interesting in a context like Verk provides it – where the color scale in the furniture collection is strictly limited. In this way the furniture and the paintings can intensify each other. And even if they might appear as opposites when it comes to color, there are other aspects they share. Especially in relation to material, they both fearlessly choose new ways, develop their own materials, and believe in taking advantage of things that are nearby.

Torbjörn Johansson was born in Emmaboda in 1959 and lives and works in Stockholm. He studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and has had numerous exhibitions in Sweden an abroad since the 1990s. His work has been shown at Danshallerne (Copenhagen), Örebro Konsthall (Örebro), FÄRGFABRIKEN (Stockholm), Center for Samtidskunst (Trondheim), Moderna Museet (Malmö and Malmö), Statens Konstråd (Stockholm), Katrineholms Konsthall (Katrineholm), Cites des Art (Paris), Gallery VER (Bangkok), Verkstad (Norrköping), Liljevalchs (Stockholm) and PS1 (New York), among others.

His multi-facetted body of work includes painting, sculpture, film, performance and installations. He has also realized many public commissions in various cities in Sweden. His interest for cross-genre contexts has led to projects with other creatives. He has for example collaborated with dancers and musicians to explore how different art forms approach the relation between the body and the space.

Aside from his own artistic practice, Torbjörn Johansson runs the recognized culture center Kummelholmen in Vårberg (Stockholm), together with art collector Jan Watteus.

VERK + ART

In addition to our furniture, you can also experience contemporary art at Verk’s showroom in Södermalm, Stockholm. Our collaboration with art curator Simone Schmid has paved the way for dialogue with both new and established artists. She selects art that raises issues and invites dialogue. In opening our doors to art, we are placing ourselves in a new context. We hope to be able to offer art lovers a new way of seeing furniture, and design enthusiasts an entry point to contemporary art.

The showroom exhibition

Runs from 1 June – 26 August 2022
Showroom open Monday to Friday
10:00-12:00 / 13:00-16:00


Hornsgatan 79
118 21 Stockholm

Simone Schmid
Art curator

Simone Schmid is an established name on the Swedish art scene. She worked as director of Wetterling Gallery for many years before becoming a freelance curator and has extensive knowledge of both Swedish and international contemporary art. She will select art for Verk’s showroom that invites dialogue and raises issues close to the company’s heart. We can look forward to four exhibitions per year with openings, personal viewings, lectures, talks and exciting interactions between design and art in various forms. Welcome to a new way of experiencing and buying art!

What made you choose to work with Verk?

– We share a vision. The keywords are quality, long-term, sustainability. The product is never disconnected from a larger context but is connected through values, environment, economy, aesthetics, culture and other complex concepts. A lot of companies don’t take this into account. 

What makes Verk’s showroom a good place for art?

– Art needs new contexts to continue to be relevant and visible to a larger group of people. It cannot be taken for granted that the state and public institutions will continue to give the support they do today forever. There must be stronger ties between art and the business world. Verk’s showroom is also a great place to display art, with nice walls and large windows. People can be a little afraid of approaching art – they don’t know how to behave – so the interior context takes the drama out of the encounter. Art needs no interpretation hanging in a showroom, but can simply be, and be experienced. 

What kind of artists can we look forward to meeting?

– We’ll be exhibiting high-quality contemporary art with a connection to Sweden. The curiosity, uniqueness and uncompromising attitude of the artists must match Verk’s. They should not follow trends but have their own language. The artist’s hand must be discernible, and the works must enter into a dialogue with Verk’s collection. I focus on craftsmanship, ideas and quality, but all genres are welcome. 

What’s the most fun about this project?

– Hard to say. For my part, the job has just started! But it will be fun to test a new art platform, and to be able to the give artists I believe in a leg up in a new format. 

Does your work on this project differ from how you usually work?

– When you work with art, all projects are different. A big part of the job is to grasp people, to understand their vision and turn it into an exhibition. It’s fantastic that Verk has chosen to integrate art into its brand from the outset. This is common abroad but sadly not so much in Sweden anymore. Having art as a sounding board is a brave and long-term investment. It’s my job to find art that supports it. 

Why do you work with art?

– I work with art because art is a mirror of reality without having to stick to reality. Art can test hypothetical ideas, push boundaries, question truths and then bounce back to reality. It’s like a lovely, big experiment set. Art embraces all aspects of life – the highs and the lows. It’s wonderful and inspiring to work with.

Previous Exhibitions

Rebecka Bebben Andersson
10 March – 6 May 2022

  • 1 (tvillingarna), 2021

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 44 cm
    Width 41,5 cm

    Price 18 000 SEK

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  • 2 (tvillingarna), 2021

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 44 cm
    Width 40 cm

    Price 18 000 SEK

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  • 3 (offergåva), 2021

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 44 cm
    Width 41 cm

    Price 18 000 SEK

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  • Dagen före StG, 2019

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 51 cm
    Width 44 cm

    Price 22 500 SEK

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  • Delning, 2020

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 115 cm
    Width 81 cm

    Price 45 000 SEK

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  • I grottan, 2019

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 30 cm
    Width 31,5 cm

    Price 13 500 SEK

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  • Madonnans huvud, 2019

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 64,5 cm
    Width 54 cm

    Price 30 000 SEK

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  • Snö i mars, 2016

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 44 cm
    Width 37 cm

    Price 27 000 SEK

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  • Utan titel, 2016

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 61 cm
    Width 43 cm

    Price 26 000 SEK

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  • Varginnan, 2021

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on masonit

    Height 110 cm
    Width 102 cm

    Price 49 500 SEK

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  • Sönderfall, 2020

    Rebecka Bebben Andersson

    Paper collage on MDF

    Height 70 cm
    Width 61 cm

    Price 33 000 SEK

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Rebecka Bebben Andersson

Rebecka Bebben Andersson´s work takes us on a journey through an inner and an outer world, making us feel the pulsating rhythm of life. In her delicate collages, she creates organic forms in soft earthy colors, and moves through a universe of patterns that elicits associations with both embroidery and abstract painting.

Collage has been part of Rebecka Bebben Andersson´s working process since her time at art school. It offers a possibility to slow down the process and consequently structures both the mental and the practical part of the creative work. Her collages can both come as large sculptural installations, or as pictures on the wall, as seen in the exhibition at Verk.

It is an arduous way of working that results in images playing with the abstract and the figurative. Rebecka Bebben Andersson prepares her working material herself, by painting large sheets of paper that she later cuts by hand in thousands of small pieces. These are always rectangular, reminding of brush strokes. The collages can therefore be considered paintings. There is a certain nerdiness in the obsession of finding the perfect color and format for these small pieces, that culminates in the artist´s statement that “there are pieces that are TOO good to use”.

Although Rebecka Bebben Andersson´s collages seem abstract at first glance, it is often the body – or bodies – that are the starting point for her motives. The human body or images from nature are built up layer by layer, not only physically, but also historically and mentally. The pattern of a snow-covered bush in a winter landscape represents likewise a network of veins inside a body, and a mental map showing an emotional state of the mind. This becomes obvious in titles as “Snow in March” and “Day before StG” (StG referring to the hospital St. Görans in Stockholm). The thousands of small pieces forming each collage remind of small cells building a complete body, moving, growing, and changing. This creates a rhythm in the works adding the aspect of time and making them feel alive.

But the artist does not stop here, but also incorporates images of historical bodies in her work. Looking closer, we also glimpse imagery from antique mythology and medieval figures. Nature and culture merge in the artist´s very own language and in a narrative mirroring us as human beings:

The starting point for several of the works in the exhibition is for example the antique myth of the twins Romulus and Remus, who were saved by a she-wolf. In the work “Varginnan”/ “She-wolf”, we see the classical motive, the animal nursing the small boys. “1 (tvillingarna)”/ “1 (the twins)” and “2 (tvillingarna)/ “2 (the twins)” are details of the same image. “Madonnas huvud”/ “Madonna´s head” is, on the other hand, part of a long artistic research about damaged medieval wooden sculptures, especially women´s bodies. The search for alternative images of the body that has been exposed for trials and injuries characterizes Rebecka Bebben Andersson´s work, and becomes a manifestation of human endurance and resilience.

It is possible that the time lap between antiquity and the Middle Ages and today allows us to reflect about existential questions more easily. But does the historical distance also change our perspective and the narrative itself? How much can we still perceive when the complete narrative is not available any longer, but only details? And how do we preserve our histories of origins, so they can live on in the future? In the light of an ongoing war in Europe, these questions are more relevant than ever. The question about the damaged body. The question about the cultural heritage and its importance for our identity as humans. Art cannot give us an answer, but it can help us to phrase questions that are complex and not necessarily comfortable.

Rebecka Bebben Andersson was born in Linköping in 1984 and divides her time between Stockholm and the island of Öland. She received her MA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2014, and is also educated architect. Her work has been presented in a large number of exhibitons in Sweden and abroad and is included in public and private collections. Moreover, she has worked intensely on public commissions during the last years and created several large wall pieces. Among these are facade designs for the University Hospital in Linköping (2018) and Södersjukhuset in Stockholm (2019). She also contributed with a facade design to the Långbrodal School in Älvsjö (2017) that was appointed Stockholm’s Building of the Year 2018. Currently, she works on an extensive commission for the Stockholm Public Transportation Company (SL), designing the facades for several technique buildings. In the end of March, she is also part of the museum exhibition “Extremt mycket utan regler” (with Anna Nordström and Peter Larsson) at Växjö konsthall.

Ulrika Sparre
6 December 2021 – 28 January 2022

  • Ear to the ground (Wandering Rocks)
    Ubehebe Crater, 2021

    Ulrika Sparre

    Ink jet Hahnemühle Ed 3 + 2AP

    Height 67 cm
    Width 99 cm

    Price 45 000 SEK

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  • Ear to the ground, 2021

    Ulrika Sparre

    Ink jet Hahnemühle Ed 3 + 2AP

    Height 67 cm
    Width 99 cm

    Price 45 000 SEK

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  • Connecting with Juniper, 2017

    Ulrika Sparre

    C-print

    Height 94 cm
    Width 140 cm

    NOT FOR SALE

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  • Antennstenar 1-9, 2017

    Ulrika Sparre

    Stone, metal

    Size varies

    Price 7 000 SEK/pcs.

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  • 59°08’47.0″N 18°47’52.8”Ö, 2017

    Ulrika Sparre

    Sound, stone, photograph

    Price on request

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Rebecka Bebben Andersson

VERK+ART´s forth exhibition focusses on works by Swedish interdisciplinary artist Ulrika Sparre. For the first time, we are presenting sculpture and photography in our showroom.
Ulrika Sparre investigates the mechanisms, behaviors and social patterns that constitute our lives. Her practice explores subjects like individuality and the impact of the development towards individualism and consumerism in contemporary society. She is interested in how non-religious and scientific beliefs are expressed in the secularized western society of today. The perception of nature, a higher truth, and spiritual experiences are central themes in her work. Her work is often based on notions of the immaterial, the spiritual, and the mythological.

The exhibition includes works from her series Ear to the Ground, reflecting a search for the spiritual and the physical in nature, and how these relationships are created and transformed. In this series, the artist moves through the archipelago of Stockholm, across the desert of Death Valley, and into the caves of nomads in South Africa, while crossing the path of Giacometti, as she investigates the land of rocks. She has performed several field recordings of stones in which she reflects on what we perceive and take with us from an experience in nature.

Ear to the Ground seeks to break down distance and the perception that there is a “nature” that exists apart from us. In order to face the threat of climate change, we must give voice to non-human actors – the gardens, the cities, the stones, the glaciers. Sparre wants to investigate how our relationship with what we consider nature can be reevaluated by giving it a voice and a possible language. Perhaps by repositioning our perspective, we can give rights to our environment and to non-human actors in our world.

Additional to the works from Ear to the Ground the exhibition includes a number of antenna stones, a collection of stones that are equipped with radio antennas. These sculptures are a playful take on the attempt of communicating with stones, and point out the necessity to develop another kind of sensibility – an antenna – for the voices of nature.

Ulrika Sparre´s deep interest in spiritual patterns and the mechanisms of transformation provide us with a respectful perspective on nature and material in nature. This also makes it possible to reflect on how we use natural materials in production and consumption. By presenting Ulrika Sparre´s art in the context of VERK´s furniture, we want to open up for a broader discussion about our responsibility for nature and the world we live in.

Ulrika Sparre (b. 1974) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She applies her artistic practice to multiple media creating installations, sculpture, photography, film, performance and sound art. In recent years, Sparre has exhibited at Färgfabriken, Reykjavik Art Museum, ARTIPELAG, Varbergs Konsthall, Stene Projects Gallery and Index Foundation. In 2021, she had a retrospective solo exhibition at Kristinehamns konstmuseum. Additionally, she has performed a number of projects in public spaces. She studied at Konstfack (University College of Arts, Craft and Design) in Stockholm and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Jonas Bouleau
1 September – 26 November 2021

  • PICTURING VISION III, 2018

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 160 cm
    Width 110 cm

    Price 37 900 SEK

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  • Kniv, 2021

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 130 cm
    Width 90 cm

    Price 25 900 SEK

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  • Cypern, 2021

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil and paper on canvas

    Height 60 cm
    Width 73 cm

    Price 12 900 SEK

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  • Zeitgeist, 2021

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil and paper on canvas

    Height 67,5 cm
    Width 48 cm

    Price 9 700 SEK

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  • ETT SPÖKE GÅR RUNT EUROPA

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil and paper on canvas

    Height 90 cm
    Width 70 cm

    Price 18 500 SEK

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  • TÄNDSTICKSHUVUD

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil and paper on canvas

    Height 90 cm
    Width 70 cm

    Price 18 500 SEK

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  • SOM BÄR LJUSET, 2020

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 70 cm
    Width 50 cm

    Price 12 900 SEK

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  • OFFSET ABSTRAKT, 2021

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 40 cm
    Width 35 cm

    Price 7 600 SEK

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  • BEHIND THE SCENES, 2020

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 70 cm
    Width 50 cm

    Price 12 900 SEK

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  • TAKE THAT LOOK FROM YOUR FACE, 2019

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 110 cm
    Width 80 cm

    Price 19 500 SEK

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  • TURNED EYE, 2019

    Jonas Bouleau

    Oil on canvas

    Height 40 cm
    Width 35 cm

    Price 7 600 SEK

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Jonas Bouleau

In our third exhibition at VERK´s showroom, we are introducing painter Jonas Bouleau who is going into depth with how we see and experience the world around us. Deeply rooted in the tradition of painting and its ability to relate to images, he literally opens our eyes to understand how perception and manipulation are inseparably connected.

Jonas Bouleau´s paintings make our eyes the starting point to examine the human vision, both as an image and conceptually. Our eyes as a part of the human body – and thus easy for us to relate to – are the sense that picks up and transmits information that we receive from our environment. To investigate how we see and what we see, what would be more adequate than the eye itself as a motif?
In his latest works, an additional theme returns frequently, however tightly connected with our vision, namely light. In the shape of candles, flames or the sun, Jonas Bouleau approaches light as the source of our possibility to experience the world, and to exist in it in the first place.

The artist´s process moves step by step from light to painting. Departing from his own photographs he enlarges, crops and distorts his images, and puts them together again in compositions that seem abstract at first sight. Each of the different media builds layers of information, but in the end they melt together in the final painting. Even the paintings themselves often consist of several different layers or parts. We might find a larger image that is interrupted by overlapping abstract patterns reminding of dripped water, there can be an image displaced from its frame and standing on an edge, or the white canvas can suddenly leak into the painting´s motif. The various parts also differ in their structure. Soft lines with converging colors and invisible brushstrokes stand in contrast to areas with distinct brushstrokes and thicker color, and to parts with affixed objects as e.g. banknotes. However, all images contain an unmistakable movement. We look at motifs that do not represent static conditions, but a reality constantly changing.

Further characterizing for Jonas Bouleau´s work is his variation of formats and sizes, and his playful use of contrasting sizes relating to each other in the paintings themselves. A painted eye can be radically enlarged (and thus abstracted), while it reflects a house that is radically diminished in relation to its real size – everything becomes a question of perspective.

Consequently, we can expand the question and think about which mechanisms influence us personally in how we look at the world. What happens if someone changes a bit of the image we have in front of us, if someone twists it according to his or her own perspective? Does that change our view on reality? Art does not give us any answer, but it has the ability to make us aware of the existing preconditions we encounter when we experience the world we live in.

In that way, Jonas Bouleau does not only ask questions about our own ability to see, but also about the possibilities and restrictions of painting. He considers painting a mirror that reflects the viewer, the space and an historical context. One could say that he puts visible filters onto reality to make us aware of the existence of filters in general. At the same time, the expression of his paintings represents a reality that makes its way directly into our consciousness. Without any filter.

Jonas Bouleau (*1988) completed his education in fine art at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm with a master’s degree in 2015. He has exhibited both in commercial art galleries and in art institutions, and has received several scholarships and grants over the last years. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

EKTA
12 MAY – 13 AUGUST 2021

  • KOM HEM, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 113,5 cm
    Width 141,5 cm

    Price 42 000 SEK

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  • HAMMAREN, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 56 cm
    Width 76 cm

    Price 11 000 SEK

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  • UNTITLED I, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 56 cm
    Width 76 cm

    Price 11 000 SEK

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  • UNTITLED II, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 56 cm
    Width 76 cm

    Price 11 000 SEK

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  • UNTITLED III, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 56 cm
    Width 76 cm

    Price 11 000 SEK

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  • JAG KAN INTE KÄNNA MITT ANSIKTE, 2020

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 56 cm
    Width 76 cm

    Price 11 000 SEK

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  • CONVERSATION CANCELLED, 2019

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 22,9 cm
    Width 30,5 cm

    Price 4 700 SEK

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  • HARD PRIMITIVE, 2019

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 22,9 cm
    Width 30,5 cm

    Price 4 700 SEK

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  • KETTLE, 2019

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 22,9 cm
    Width 30,5 cm

    Price 4 700 SEK

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  • VERSE 5, 2019

    EKTA

    Wax crayon, oil pastel on paper

    Height 22,9 cm
    Width 30,5 cm

    Price 4 700 SEK

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EKTA

In spring and summer, drawings by Gothenburg-based artist EKTA will fill the walls of VERK´s showroom. The works presented are characterized by playful abstraction, an interest in immediate expression and the love for imperfection. Inspired by everyday life and a unique ability to fuse the drawing´s straightforwardness with hints to the aesthetics of art history, EKTA understands his work as a never-ending process.

EKTA (Daniel Götesson, *1978) has early earned international fame with his large murals in public spaces. However, studio work and smaller formats have gained more and more importance in his work in recent years. Since 2005, he has regularly exhibited in galleries, art institutions and museums in Sweden and abroad. He has also been working with larger private and public commissions.

EKTA naturally moves between different formats, materials and expressions. His work includes both large murals and commissions in the public space, as well as painting, sculpture, performance, music, textile works and clothes. His working process springs from the joy of experimenting and the curiosity of pushing the borders of aesthetics, material and handicraft. He describes himself as too restless to consider proven techniques – instead, the consequently inevitable mistakes become part of the creative process and often signify the elements advancing the work.

In his imagery, the abstract and the figurative converge. Graphical elements, symbols, and patterns, built up with strong colors and distinctive outlines, appear in front of a white background. And certainly, we can identify faces, buildings, a car or a cap… What occurs as playfully primitive on the surface, concurrently includes distinct references to modernistic art as e.g. cubistic fragmentation, but also to cartoons. The visibility of the process, such as erasing and retakes, underlines the dynamic in the works. This kind of storytelling fills the works with life, and allows an immediate communication with the viewer.

With a twinkle in the eye, EKTA´s work often includes humoristic elements, and his titles can reinforce or contrast our associations. Ignoring traditional boundaries, he moves the ordinary, and even damaged, into spaces of high culture – and the classical art out into the urban space.

Reflecting on EKTA´s works, a paradox appears: they carry a volatility that evolves from his way of working, as well as from the fact that he as an artist values the process higher than the object. In this way, his drawings represent a contrast to VERK´s focus on furniture as long-lasting objects. At the same time, his unique drawings constitute irreplaceable objects of art as soon as they have left the hand of the artist. He himself needs to go on, his artistry consists of creating. The objects – artworks – however, are lasting objects for us who are intrigued by the never ending creativity of art.

EKTA - Portrait

Johannes Hägglund
4 February – 30 April 2021

  • Untitled, 2017

    Johannes Hägglund

    Oil and pencil on canvas

    Height 195 cm
    Width 245 cm

    Price 45 000 SEK

    Requests

    If you want to buy or have questions, please contact Simone Schmid

  • Untitled, 2017

    Johannes Hägglund

    Acrylic and oil on canvas

    Height 210 cm
    Width 210 cm

    Price 40 000 SEK

    Requests

    If you want to buy or have questions, please contact Simone Schmid

  • Untitled, 2017

    Johannes Hägglund

    Acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas

    Height 210 cm
    Width 280 cm

    Price 50 000 SEK

    Requests

    If you want to buy or have questions, please contact Simone Schmid

Johannes Hägglund

The first exhibition at VERK´s showroom presents large, energetic paintings by Johannes Hägglund that oscillate between figuration and abstraction. The beautiful patterns, in their distinct green colour palette, are reminiscent of the oversized leaves of exotic plants, which also are the source of inspiration for this series. With a love of materiality, energy and movement, these artworks examine the possibilities offered by painting.

Johannes Hägglund (b. 1993) is part of a young generation of Swedish artists who investigate the classic medium of painting. He earned his master´s degree from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2020. Even before graduating, he enjoyed well-received exhibitions in Sweden and abroad, and has been awarded several grants. In 2021, his work will be exhibited at Falsterbo Konsthall, among other venues. Johannes Hägglund lives and works in Stockholm.

The exhibited paintings represent Hägglund´s entry into the Swedish art scene a couple of years ago. With their size and their strong colors, they demonstrate a self-confident attitude. Moving between the figurative and the abstract, they stand their ground and draw us into the inner space of painting.

It is the energy of the composition and the brush strokes, mirroring the artist´s movements in front of the canvas, that constitutes the soul of the artworks. Hägglund is more interested in painting itself, and especially the act of painting, than in what is depicted. Most often, he works in series choosing a visual world that serves both as a starting point and a limiting frame for the artistic process.

In contrast to digital techniques, Hägglund´s body of work indicates a genuine interest in the artist´s hand and in craft. Consequently, he works with all parts of the process himself, starting from manufacturing frames, stretching and preparing the canvas, painting, and finally resulting in the completed artwork. All parts are important for the creation process, but it is in the moment of painting the artwork is “born”.

As viewers, we can easily decipher art historical references in Hägglund´s visual language, as well as a wink to contemporary aesthetic expressions. However, the paintings are unburdened from specific contexts and storytelling. We get the opportunity to load them with our own associations, or alternatively experience them as a symphony of color and form. Details can both be interpreted in a figurative way, or instead as a reminder of the process of painting. In this way, the artist skillfully interweaves different layers of the painting´s narratives. 

We have consciously chosen an artist who mirrors VERK´s values and the first steps in connection with the launching of our brand. Both the furniture collection and the art are characterized by a passion for material and handcraft, as well as the courage to take on challenges and demonstrate strong presence. Here, the artwork´s abstract vegetation represents a new start and breeding ground, thinking big from the very beginning.

Johannes Hägglund is born 1993 and lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied at Gerlesborgsskolan (Stockholm) and continued his education at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, from which he obtained his master´s degree in 2020. His work has been shown at i.a. Jakobsbergs Konsthall (Jakobsberg, Sweden), Galerie Forsblom (Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland), Liljevalchs Spring Exhibition (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Royal Art Academy (Stockholm, Sweden). He is represented in public collections, among them Dalarna läns landsting (Sweden) and EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland), as well as in private collections.