September 27, 2006 - Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art - KIMSOOJA / GUNNEL WÅHLSTRAND
September 27, 2006

KIMSOOJA / GUNNEL WÅHLSTRAND

(Above) Gunnel Wåhlstrand, “Sydhälsö” 2003
(Below) Kimsooja, “A Laundry Woman“, 2006, installation, Magasin 3

KIMSOOJA
30 September-17 December, 2006

GUNNEL WÅHLSTRAND
Paintings from the Collection of Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
30 September-17 December, 2006

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Frihamnen, 115 56
Stockholm, Sweden
Tel 46 8 545 680 40
e-mail art [​at​] magasin3.com,

www.magasin3.com

KIMSOOJA
30 September 17 December, 2006
Curators: David Neuman and Tessa Praun

Kimsooja works with traditional Korean textiles and second-hand clothes. She spreads, folds, ties and hangs bed sheets full of history and cultural symbolism. The sheets bear signs of life we are born, sleep, love, dream, suffer and die on sheets. Visitors can wander among the rows of bedclothes in the installation A Laundry Woman, 2006, filling the entire ground floor. Kimsooja has hung colorful sheets that turn into swaying pictorial panels in a light draft. In another room she has parked a truck from 1938 with the back piled with bottaris cloth bundles used for storing personal belongings. In addition to the two major installations the exhibition features several of her video works. Kimsooja is always present in them, leading us into the works and into her art. In one of them Cities on the Move 2727 Kilometers Bottari Truck, 1997, a truck loaded with bottaris reaccures. Sitting on the pile of bundles the artist travels to all the places in Korea where she has lived and which hold memories for her.

Kimsooja combines elements from Korean culture with contemporary artistic expressions, to create colorful installations and poetic performance-based video works. The exhibition at Magasin 3 is her first solo exhibition in the Nordic region, and presents works ranging from the mid-1990s to today.

GUNNEL WÅHLSTRAND Paintings from the Collection of Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
30 September 17 December, 2006

Gunnel Wåhlstrand bases her work on her familys photo album. Time-consuming, large-scale, and with great precision, she paints from photographs of her fathers early childhood. The photographs show the west coast of Sweden, interiors from the 1950s, a garden outside a house, often with posing family members. With ink and water she paints on paper measuring more than 200 x 150 cm. She herself has compared her method with the photographic development process, saying that her work is a way of further enhancing memory

Gunnel Wåhlstrand, born 1974, graduated from the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm in 2003. Her graduation show created great critical acclaim. The director of Magasin 3, David Neuman, describes the encounter as one of those incredible experiences that you dont have that many times in life. A student thesis exhibition that outshone most of what Ive seen over the past 20 years Three of these paintings are in the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall Collection, and are featured in the exhibition alongside a work from 2004, Långedrag.

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Frihamnen, 115 56 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel 46 8 545 680 40
e-mail art@magasin3.com, www.magasin3.com
Opening hours: Thur 12 7 pm, Fri Sun 12 5 pm

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