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Market/Supermarket 2010

Three days of art party at Kulturhuset, in the very heart of Stockholm; artist-run Supermarket Art Fair.
During the same three days, commercial prestige galleries have had their own fair, Market, at the Royal Academy of Art.
Visiting the two fairs, one can easily sense the difference. “We all want to have our art on Market, but we want to hang around at Supermarket“, one artist said; meaning – I guess – that all artists want to make big money and at the same time have a lot of fun, although there seems to be a choice between the two.
Who’s choice, then?

Maybe it’s not primarily about money and/or fun.
To me, the difference was rather the one between art represented as an individual expression and art happening as a social or communicative event.

If so, there is a complementarity, not a choice.

  • http://www.supermarketartfair.com/
  • http://www.market-art.se/
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    radiant gray

    one week of winter, 2004; oil on wood panel; 7 pieces, 16,5 x 40 cms each

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    along the road

    Today, the atmospherical sea is all white, as if coagulated light, and full of movement.

    Snow is knee-high in the fields, sometimes up to the thigh. A little less in the woods. In settled areas, it turns the cars, roadsigns and railings – the very streets – into organic sculpture, emphasizing the spatiality of all things.

    I need not borrow the eyes of Goethe or Wittgenstein. But I would have enjoyed their company in this surrounding whiteness.

    By the way, I am now – to my great surprise and joy – coordinator at the Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise in Europe. Whatever artistic faculties I possess, I will bring them into the process.

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