the Loud wordless process

Johan Berggren gallery

Spring 2015

 

Johan Berggren Gallery is pleased to announce Helena Lund Ek’s first solo exhibition at

the gallery, Lund Ek (b.1988, Stockholm) graduated from the National Academy of Fine

Arts, Oslo, in 2014. She works primarily with painting, with the pure act of painting, as

installation and sculpture.

 

The exhibition 'The loud wordless process' stems from a personal experience of loss and

becomes a meditation on painting that feeds the interrogation of the connection

between art and life. There is a strong emphasis on tactile material, bleeding oil colour

on unprimed fabric with the incorporation of traditional handicraft elements such as

textiles and embroidery. Large paintings, sewn together float over the ground carrying

clear visual statements.

 

Between painterly surface and supple structure a nether-world of paint and soil, angels

and spirits is summoned from the history of painting, to witness and partake in the

recreation of the life of its figures in our secular age still struggling to articulate the

nature of our strangest intuitions. Bodies negotiate the physical limits of their

appearance with what gives them life and movement, the process whereby the figure's

mobility is increased – the addition of planes surplus to the flatness of the wall-bound

canvas – suggests the possibility of extra dimensions to their representation. Which can

be taken as a matter of course for the work and the possibilities of seeing, as opposed

to being merely a formal exploration of painting's extended field.

 

Lund Ek conceives of the place of painting as a critical space for the testing of effective

means of secular faith and prayer. The question of experiencing transcendence is posed

as part of the poetic procedure of painting as at once flight and grounding. With one

foot on the ground the other in the sky, Lund Ek’s painting is at once serious and playful,

creating a wordless discussion between divinities and mortals on the nature of art and life.

 

HELENA LUND EK 2017

 

 

 

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Studio at Nackagatan 11 Södermalm Stockholm

Graduated from National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo, in 2014. Works with painting as method. As a social relation, an act, as sculptor and installation. Recent solo shows/presentations includes Taverna Brillo (Stockholm), Destiny´s Atelier (Oslo), Material art fair (New Mexico), MEGA Foundation (Stockholm), Johan Berggren Gallery (Malmö).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CELEBRATION

MEGA foundation, Stockholm

Spring 2016

 

At the centre of me and you the heart beats. Inside the red flesh goes the pumping blue veins, which stretch along our whole body. The flesh and the love of life, which makes our heart go on, through the days of slumber, into the days of colours. All along pumps the heart, until it stops and beats no more.

 

MEGA Foundation is proud to present Helena Lund Ek’s solo exhibition CELEBRATION—a feast and an energy swung from huge fabric-collages, through a glass-sculpture, and into intimate watercolours.

A future expressionism, where the brush stroke is coupled with a fine thread and where colours beat in vivid and resounding statements. Lund Ek’s work evolves around a language pertaining to the precarious ’I’ and its utterance in painting and the body, which it represents anew in every sensous encounter, in a tone that is both plaintive and ecstatic. CELEBRATION is a juxtaposing continuation of her solo show the Loud wordless process at Johan Berggren Gallery in 2015.

 

 

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Portrait of Friends,

Destiny´s Atelier, Oslo

jan 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Lund Ek med Batur

Taverna Brillo, Stockholm April 2017

 

Utställningen är ett samarbete mellan Helena Lund Ek (f. 1988, Sverige) och Batur (f. 1999, Afghanistan).

Måleri betraktas i regel som en ensam process. Även om konsten som sådan ofta har en säregen förmåga att ena människor ger själva skapandeprocessen sällan rum för mer än en. Särskilt få är de målare som väljer att dela sin duk med någon annan. I utställningen Helena Lund Ek med Batur möter vi två konstnärer som har upplåtit sina konstnärliga förmågor till ett delat projekt och genom dialogiskt måleri, samtidigt präglat av lek och motstånd, uttrycker sig med en enad stämma.

Tillsammans har de skapat tre större oljemålningar i panoramaformat, totalt uppdelade på åtta dukar. De använder sig av starka färger och direkta motiv som ger upphov till ett kraftfullt uttryck. Målningarna tematiserar religiösa föreställningar om gudomlig hierarki med hjälp av besynnerliga utsnitt ur helvete och himmel. Samtidigt gestaltar de temata som makt, land, jord och plats.

Ifrågasättandet av maktanspråken bakom religionens samtidigt löftesrika och hotfulla bilder utgjorde ett av huvudskälen till att Batur tvingades fly sitt hemland och nu befinner sig i asylprocessen i Sverige. Därför kallar Helena Batur för ”The Rebel”. Batur vet inte riktigt vad ”The Rebel” betyder men säger att om han hade varit tyst hade han lika gärna kunna stannat kvar i Afghanistan. Om det är till helvetet alla musiker, poeter och konstnärer kommer så är det ändå dit han vill

 

 

MATERIAL ART FAIR, 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

Represented by MEGA Foundation, Stockholm

GROUP SHOWS/WORKS

Parham, 2017, 230 x 130 cm

ELEPHANT, YTTERSTAD, JOHAN BERGGREN GALLERY 2015

Julia Bondesson, Andreas Eriksson, Goldin+Senneby, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Helena Lund Ek, Viktor Rosdahl, Emanuel Röhss, Eirik Sæther, Maria von Hausswolff.

BRAIDING, LOPSIDED UPTRHUST, B.O.A,Oslo 2015

Lene Baadsvig Ørmen, Linda Lersteth, Anders Holen,

Knut Ivar Aaser, Helena Lund Ek, Mikael Lo Presti

 

 

Lily Of the valley

Gang of friends, 2014

National Academy of the arts, Oslo

Venus, Lily Of the valley

Gang of friends, 2014

National Academy of the arts, Oslo

Lily Of the valley

Gang of friends, 2014

National Academy of the arts, Oslo

 

Kyss, The internship, Slurdsula Gallery 2016

 

Gagnef festival 2017

Helena@helenalundek.se