The artist Karl Holmqvist collaborates with Fruit & Flower Deli and Oscar Magnuson

Art project Fruit & Flower Deli again enters the world of Oscar Magnuson via a work multi-layered with meaning and draped in questions of identity and time. Artist Karl Holmqvist has exchanged a pair of his spectacles, that he’s owned since 1998 for a new pair designed by Oscar Magnuson, and transformed the original spectacles into art. Engraved on the frames in black lettering, one will find, “Every Minute, Every Hour, Fruit & Flower 1998-2010”. These soon to be famous spectacles will be exhibited at the shifting gallery space Fruit & Flower Deli in Stockholm. Oscar Magnuson first collaborated with Fruit & Flower Deli in New York with the Manhattan space Eldridge Opticians, earlier this year. Both parties are transfixed with the notion of identity and disguise.

About Karl Holmqvist
Karl Holmqvist was born in Västerås, Sweden in 1964. Throughout his artistic career, Holmqvist has been an active part of the international art scene. He now lives in Berlin, after living and working in New York for many years.
As well as his current solo exhibition at Fruit & Flower Deli, he is also involved with the Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, and Manifest 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Murcia Spain. He also exhibited at Frieze Projects in London this October.
Holmqvist’s work uses different symbols, graphic forms, images, prints and texts as part of performances and readings, which are often framed by intricate installations. He weaves together his own voice and vision with a chain of borrowed cultural goods, both old and contemporary. A political message is often present, and the works are rooted in popular culture.
Karl Holmqvist has been instrumental in dynamically opening up the Swedish art scene to the international arena.He has a long history of exhibiting, and has shown at: MACBA Barcelona, ICA London, Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Trento, Haus der Kunst in Munich, at the 50th Venice Biennial, De Appel in Amsterdam and so on....

Every Minute, Every Hour, Fruit & Flower 1998-2010
Karl Holmqvist wearing the Karl frame by Oscar Magnuson