Eldridge Optician / Fruit and Flower Deli is pleased to present "Lesser-Known Surrealist Drawings " the first solo show in Scandinavia by American artist John Kleckner.
With "Lesser-Known Surrealist Drawings " Kleckner presents a new body of work, a series of intricate and suggestive collages made with devoted care and sense for craft and image culture, playing with appearances and expectations. The new collages carry some of the same attributes as his earlier hand drawn works, and feature the elaborate and precise ink etching like drawing, of birds, flies etc, but paired with an experimental approach on paper, its different materialities, and collage techniques combined with spray paint, graphite, and expressionist impasto painting. The new work remains in the same suggestive domain that is characteristic for Kleckner's previous work, but the richness of the detailed drawings is now replaced partly with a broader treat on the work itself, and its material aesthetic qualities. The collages are therefore not only assemblages of images but of techniques and visual qualities.
The title of the show refers to use of a specific surrealist material of lesser known surrealist artists, but also to the development of this new series of work, which is lesser known to his audience. In his previous work.
Friends of Eldridge Optician and Oscar Magnuson gathered for a luxurious dinner last week at the gallery on Birger Jarlsgatan, Stockholm. The space is currently in use as Ylva Ogland’s studio as she prepares for her upcoming show in November so unfinished paintings and paint brush strewn around lent themselves to the ambience of artiness. The black chairs and white table cloths echoed the monochrome artwork, sparkling conversation was helped by another sparkling, beautiful thing – Krug champagne, and the cuisine was served by fine dining restaurant Vassa Eggen.
With work spanning from performance to archival projects to sculpture, the Berlin-based American artist David Adamo has been keeping busy: He has had three solo shows a year for four years running and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” in 2010. OMQ recently caught up with him in a studio in Long Island City, where he was preparing for a May show at the New York gallery Untitled, to talk about deathcore, tomatoes, and chopping wood.
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Karl Holmqvist wearing the Karl frame by 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.