Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Grim Pseudonym

Published May 12, 2010 by Molly

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Svartkonst— the Swedish curators of art and culture whose magazine and website we refer to constantly for inspiration—has now released Grim Pseudonym, a zine by artist Patrick Kyle. The full-color publication comes in a numbered edition of 99 and is available for order from the Svartkonst page. Another thing: it looks rad.

Johan Willner

Published March 23, 2010 by Graham

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Swedish photographer Johan Willner’s images of boyhood strike a strong emotional chord. His work deftly emulates the social uncertainty and ambiguous violence that often come coupled with the inevitably awkward stage of pre-adolescence. It’s that time in your life when you just want to turn invisible, but no matter what you do it feels like everyone’s looking at you. These could be still frames from a surreal film about evolving familial relationships and uncomfortable father-son moments. “What did you do?” the adults in Willner’s Boy Stories seem to be asking with their accusatory glances. “I don’t know, what did I do?” thinks the viewer, along with the boy who honestly can’t figure it out.

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Nathalie Djurberg

Published August 12, 2009 by Molly

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Nathalie Djurberg is a Swedish artist who specializes in entrancing (and occasionally freaky-deaky) short videos of handmade puppets shot in stop-motion. As befits someone who was awarded the Silver Lion For a Promising Young Artist at the Venice Biennale in 2009, Djurberg is a provocateur, producing videos that are thoroughly in bad taste.

This isn’t a bad thing. It’s not easy to make demented art that avoids being shmaltzy and calculatedly shocking. New York art critic Jerry Saltz–a familiar champion of good bad art–describe Djurberg’s work as “magnificently raucous but charming”, and conjuring “a place where the center does not hold and things fall apart.” It may not be for the faint of heart, but really–these days, what is?

Jens Lekman’s Summer Never Ends

Published May 18, 2009 by Graham

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Jens Lekman is a Swedish singer whose chest cavity is home to one of the world’s most beautiful voices. But more than that, he’s also an amazing musician with a masterful command of pop history. His encyclopedaic knowledge is clearly evident in the vast array of nostalgic influences audible in the his music, but if you needed any more evidence, he’s released a fantastic new mix tape for free download on his website. The Summer Never Ends: Part 3 includes tunes from country music legend Nicolette Larson, an Italo-disco children’s choir called Baby’s Gang, late ’60s one-hit-wonder rock group American Breed, and sneak peeks at new songs from Lekman himself. Best of all, we finally get to find out who was on the other end of the line in Alicia Keys’ 2003 hit, “You Don’t Know My Name”– The Honeydrips‘ Mikael Carlsson, sounding decidedly unsexy.

Check out Jens’ video for “Sipping on the Sweet Nectar” from his 2007 album, Night Falls Over Kortedala: