January 26 – Mars 3, 2013
Late on Earth – John Skoog
Inside the Untouched – Alma Heikkilä
2013 Art Lab Gnesta examines issues of identity. In the first exhibition we present two works that listen in to humans outside the big city.
John Skoog’s video work “After Earth,” a close collaboration with photographer Ita Zbroniec-Zajt, captures the hours between sunset and dawn on a light summer night somewhere in southern Sweden. These quiet scenes are wordlessly defined, all have their existential depth in the contemporary countryside. The feeling that everything is at stake is enhanced by the late, or early, hours. A number of moments in time are revealed, from the modern countryside to the matter of our time on earth. John Skoog was educated at Malmö Art Academy and Städeschule, Frankfurt.
Simultaneously, 285cm square painting by Alma Heikkilä takes over the project room. “Inside the Untouched” also includes newly produced, smaller paintings that are placed in dialogue with the larger. The work is part of a larger project born from frustration with the seemingly incorrigible state of the environment and the idea of ??letting nature take over a bunch of academic treatises. Alma Heikkilä trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, and helps run arts and ecology project Mustarinda in Sea Lapland, northeastern Finland.
In 2013, Art Lab Gnesta is looking at issues of identity. This thematic thinking pervades all projects carried out during the year. At the same time we retain the 2012 theme on the environment, and also introduce an identity perspective to those questions.
Opening: Saturday, January 26 between 1200 and 1600. The exhibition runs until 3 March.