- Coincidental Mapping
11 Old Burlington Street, London, W1S 3AQ
Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to announce its first
exhibition of work by Andreas Eriksson.
Born in 1975, this is the Swedish artist’s first solo exhibition in
the UK and follows his lauded presentation for the Nordic
Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Eriksson's acutely
atmospheric paintings, tapestries, sculptures and photographs
relate to his daily life and the natural surroundings of his native
Scandinavia. This body of work sits somewhere between
abstraction and figuration, creating an enigmatic window to the
outside world that feels at once familiar and mysterious.
Inspired by the Romantic Nordic tradition, Eriksson’s work also alludes to but remains separate from what
historian Robert Rosenblum called the ‘Northern Romantic tradition’, a line that started with Caspar David
Friedrich and extends to Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and onto Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. However,
unlike these artists, Eriksson does not refer to his relationship to nature as religious yet his work conveys the same
calm, atmospheric and harmonic qualities.
Eriksson’s output reflects a sense of the isolation of nature, a factor of Eriksson’s everyday life as his studio is
located deep in Medelplana in the Swedish countryside. Eriksson uses these natural surroundings, as
experienced on his daily walks, as the source for the work. He does not merely map this landscape but,
experimenting with formalism and material, impresses on the viewer his visual and emotional experience of
these everyday encounters.
The exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery will include a group of new painting, ranging from the intimate to the
epic in scale. Eriksson’s paintings continue the exploration of his reactions to the perception and experience of
the outside world. The gestural, textured forms, layering and distinct brushwork convey both his feelings and
emotions when encountering nature, allowing the work to dwell between these real and imagined places.
Complementing these paintings will be a group of new tapestries; densely packed woven landscapes rich in both
texture and colour. The works appear both as patchwork landscapes seen from above and magnified details of
organic form and texture; an intimate personal encounter with nature and expansive vista at the same time.
These intricate tapestries rely on the dominance of vertical and horizontal lines in parallel and the reductive use
of colour that is also a feature of his paintings.
The exhibition ‘Coincidental Mapping’ provokes both the sensual and the conceptual, expanding a fleeting
observation and an overlooked detail, whilst asking us to pause, consider and reflect. The same properties that
are important in the artist’s experience of nature remain integral to his work.
Eriksson was the subject of a solo presentation at last year's Bienal de São Paulo entitled 'The Imminence of Poetics' curated by Luís Pérez-Oramas. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Recur' at Bror Hjorths Hus, Uppsala, Sweden and 'Krux' at Lidköpings Konsthall, Sweden. In 2007 Andreas Eriksson received the Baloise Art prize for his contribution to Art Statements in Basel. His work is included in the collections of Moderna Museet, Sweden; MUMOK, Austria; Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Astra Zeneca, Lund, Sweden; FRAC, Auvergne, France and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.