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#97 Erebu

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Johan Söderström

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2017

Filler on board, oak frame

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Dimensions: 175cm (H) x 117cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 68.9" (H) x 46.1" (W) x 2" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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In Akkadian, an ancient Semitic language, the word Erebu means "to go down, set" (in reference to the sun). This is believed by some to be the origin of the name for Europe. The land of the sunset as seen from the middle east.
In Greek mythology, Erebus was a primordial deity, representing the personification of darkness, born out of Chaos. The name Erebus is also used as a region of the Greek underworld where the dead pass immediately after dying, a "place of darkness between earth and Hades".

The Erebu series is part of Spread, an array of works made by spreading the filler evenly in the frame using a scrape. This pushes it in a certain direction while it unfolds in a random manner.
Reminiscent of Richard Serra's Verb List I try to use simple and clearly defined actions to shape the filler in my works. This way there is always non-cognitive aspects of the production process.

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Born: 1969

Hometown: Stockholm

Based in: Oslo

I am interested in process-based painting and the profound human solitude. While exploring one thing, I sometimes try to formulate something about the other.

My work is made from construction filler in oak frames. I have developed a unique technique, where I insert 6 mm thick layers of grey and white filler into the frame like intarsia, instead of on top of each other as in conventional painting. The result gives a graphic expression that at the same time has tactile materiality. I use some simple but clearly defined methods to apply the filler in the frame. These limit the expression of cognitively controlled processes, thus opening an opportunity to reveal something unknown.

They often take the form of series or installations that extend into the room.

I base my work on the notion of a primary alienation in the human subject. By using painting, I want to formulate something around this lack, or the desire, integrated into our perception of reality. I want to explore whether the problem can illuminate other forms of social and cultural alienation—for example, privileges, class, racism and xenophobia. In short, different types of distances between people.

I have previously shown works in Scandinavia at Konsthallen Trollhättan, Konsthallen Lokstallet, Konstepidemin, Kristiansands Konsthall, Akershus Kunstsenter, Trondheim Senter for Samtidskunst och Tenthaus Oslo. I am educated in Norway at Kunstakademiet in Trondheim and live and work in Oslo.


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