Astrid Sylwan, Wilhelm Mundt, "CHART 2017"

, September 1 - September 3, 2017

Astrid Sylwan is working in the genre that perhaps is most strongly associated with the male: abstract, large-scale painting. During the last decade, however, she has made the genre her own, with an expression that is so direct that it even spawned a new adjective – “sylwian”. Despite an elemental expressionism her paintings carry a substantial complexity, charging each work with a singular identity.

The figurative very seldom enters Sylwan’s world, it is the colour that plays the main part in her works. Not only colour as shade, but also as a physical presence. Sylwan uses all the physical characteristics of the colour when she applies it to the canvas with broad brushes, colour knives or scrapers, or pours it over the canvas in pools and lets it run across the surface.

In 1989, the German artist Wilhelm Mundt completed the sculpture Stein 001. This piece marked the beginning of a chronological series of abstract, bumbling sculptures, known as Trashstones. The project has characterized his artistic course ever since. Underneath the colourful reflective surfaces of Wilhelm Mundt’s secretive sculptures, one can catch a glimpse of an inner content, however it’s forever hidden.

The organic shapes are drawing our imagination into peculiar orbits, looking upon them as eggs or fallen meteors, or perceiving them as foreign organisms or mystical vessels. At the same time, they are easily positioned within the tradition of modernism, in line with predecessors such as Brancusi or Arp. Regardless of their associative potential, Mundt emphasizes that his main objective is to create something which doesn’t pretend to be anything else, but what it is.

Mundt´s sculptures and Sylwan´s large scale paintings share the same powerful energy and the two artistic expressions relate strongly to each other. Together they create a colorful and vivid atmosphere.

Astrid Sylwan, born 1970, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2005, she graduated from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since then, her imprint on the Swedish contemporary art scene has been evident. Astrid Sylwan has made numerous exhibitions and public commissions, and is represented in many collections, such as the Moderna Museet, the Malmö Art Museum and Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg.

Wilhelm Mundt was born in 1959 in Grevenbroich, Germany. After completing his studies at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, he began a long international exhibition career. Since 2009 he has a Professorship at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. In 2007, Mundt received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture from the London Royal Academy of Arts and he is represented at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstpalats Düsseldorf, Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and Margulies Collection in Miami amongst others.


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