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Åsa Cederqvist: Excavation    Feb 14 - Mar 16, 2013

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Åsa Cederqvist: Excavation

Opening reception on February 14, 6-8 pm
The exhibition runs until March 16, 2013
Try an extended experience of the exhibition through movement in a dance class:

The Quest for Presence - ext # 1: Sunday, Feb 17, 2-4 pm
The Quest for Presence - ext # 2: Saturday, Mar 2, 4-6 pm

Try an extended experience of the exhibition through movement in a dance class led by Berit Hauge*. No previous experience is required. Be on time, dressed for movement. Bring a yoga mat if you have. Want to participate? Drop-in. Be yourself, Be on time. Limited seats. Admission SEK 50 in cash. Adress: Wetterling Gallery, Kungsträdgården 3, Stockholm, Sweden

Åsa Cederqvist
Art has through all times had a mythic dimension and served as a means for transformation, transition and transcendence. The work of Åsa Cederqvist has to be seen in this context. The circle of life, human emotions and psychological states of the mind are what make up the sources of inspiration for her work.

With her extremely sensual and seductive installations she captures turning points in life and stresses the importance of art as an expression of nativeness that allows existential boundary experiences. This approach reminds of the theater theories of e.g. Antonin Artaud’s “Theater of cruelty” (1932) or Jerzy Grotowski’s notion of a “poor theater” (“Towards a Poor Theater”, 1965) – not surprising that Cederqvist also acts as a singer and performer in her installations.

Working with sculptural installations, film, performance and music, Åsa Cederqvist is a conceptually challenging artist offering a wide range of possibilities to interpret her works from the viewpoint of visual arts and theater studies. She has been paid attention to in various exhibitions in highly renowned institutions like Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall, Färgfabriken and the Venice Biennale. Her ongoing research on human psychology will be taken one step further with a new installation for Art Basel 2010.

In her sculptures, Åsa Cederqvist combines a multiplicity of materials like cloth, chains, glass, ropes, found objects and more in organic forms, often hung from the ceiling and walls. These at the first glance overwhelming abstract bulges and shreds are gradually taking concrete forms and always evolve numerous and very individual associations in the observer. They contain a strong haptic attraction with their sharp contrasts between velvet and glass, soft transparency and metal potency. With their all-around setting, they re-define the room and create a dramatic atmosphere the viewer cannot escape.

The single pieces in Cederqvist’s works become substitutes of human bodies, identities, stories, experiences and emotions. As such, they play their specific role in the surrealistic installations, which the artist interacts with in her performances. They act as means of communication and as a catalyst between the artist and the public. At the same time they refer to a common visual language that attaches them importance embedded in the frame of conventions and history.

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