Andreas Gedin, The Balcony, the Darkroom and the Guinea Pig in Hannover
The Swedish Artist’s Association (SKF) proudly presents a newly produced exhibition by the artist Andreas Gedin.
On The Balcony, the Darkroom and the Guinea Pig in Hannover
Andreas Gedin’s art project, including an artist’s book, is based on three artists and their works. It deals with art and boundless artistry that expands and annexes its surroundings, and with the relationship between the private and the public. The project is in itself also an example of this boundless behavior. Here, the balcony acts as a bridge between an individual and private house and the shared public space.
In the large gallery of Konstnärshuset, works by the shop owner and amateur artist Chongli (born 1957) have been interpreted and recreated. The project was initiated during Andreas Gedin’s IASPIS-grant in Beijing 2016 and the work continued during a stay there in 2017. Chongli has covered his entire shop with photographs of himself in various public contexts in combination with his own simple, traditional paintings.
The images hang outdoors and bleach in the sun and rain among plants and live animals – cage birds, rabbits, crickets, hens, etc., in the heart of Beijing. In the book that is part of the exhibition, Chongli is joined by dadaist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) with his expansive installation Merzbau and the Polish-American author Jerzy Kosiński (1933-1991), whose writings spilled over into his life and vice versa. In the book, photographs are interspersed with a number of short coherent essays on these artists and on to subjects such as the history of the pulpit, postmodern architecture, guinea pigs and a porridge sculpture.
Andreas Gedin has exhibited frequently both in Sweden and Internationally since the early nineties. Since then, his approach has primarily been idea-based, but he has also worked with art’s aesthetic expression. He has participated in larger contexts such as The Moderna Exhibition and the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and has had solo exhibitions at museums, contemporary art venues, and artist-run galleries such as Malmö Art Museum; BildMuseet, Umeå; Index, Stockholm and Färgfabriken, Stockholm. In 2019, he became the first Swede to hold a PhD in Fine Art.
Celia Prado, curator/artistic director SKF
Special thanks to Bildkonstnärsnämnden/IASPIS for their generous support.