DAVID SVENSSON . . . - - - . . .
Opening: Friday, March 13th at 5-7pm
. . . - - - . . . is the title of Swedish artist David Svensson's new exhibition at SPECTA. SOS. And hereby he suggests that it is about signs. Signs of hidden or untold stories. The works are objects, collages and installation, which by using light and readymades draws the outlines of a series of tales of time.
In the installation Save Our Souls a number of lamps, representing different moments and ideals in time seem to drift on a black glass surface. The lamps blink three short, three long, three short - the international Morse-code for SOS. This signal used to be interpreted as a short version of the words Save Our Souls, and thus embedded a more existential and poetic meaning.
The installation Havanna is the result of a process, which started in 2005 when David Svensson visited Cuba for the first time. When he returned two years later, he managed to get permission to bring home the antique chandeliers, which are the basis of the Havanna installation. The installation consisting of five of these chandeliers is now part of the permanent collection of Malmö Museum of Art. The sixth and last of the chandeliers is exhibited at SPECTA together with 12 photos depicting the process of bringing home the chandeliers. With its construction and wrapping the work suggests both the cage as a limitation and the cocoon as preservation and protection.
In a series of new collage-works, Absent Stories and Dedicated, David Svensson picks up the thread from his previous work Absent Images, shown at SPECTA in 2006. This earlier work consisted of numerous projection screens which had "lost" their images, and now blanc pages from old and new books, all together constituting collages of nuances in white. The different formats of the book pages and their yellow, blue, red and grey nuances hold a number of formal aspects but also hidden stories. Likewise in the printed dedications in the collages Dedicated, a story is hidden behind formats, typography, name and paper.
David Svensson (b. 1973, Sweden) finished his education at Konsthögskolan in Malmö in 2000. He has done many exhibitions, among others Carnegie Art Award 2002, where he was awarded the prize for a younger artist. Furthermore among his latest exhibitions are: 2009: Trafo in Norway, Galerie Aronowitsch in Stockholm. 2008: Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, Galleri Magnus Åklundh in Malmö. 2007: Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Växsjö Konsthall. 2006: I Space, Chicago, Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, and SPECTA. This fall David Svensson participates in the exhibition Deformities of Speed at Sophienholm, DK. For more information please visit www.davidsvensson.net