2013.12.7 - 2014.3.2
Welcome to the opening on Saturday 7th of December!
Saturday, December 7 at 14-17
Göteborgs Konsthall open
Mikael Nanfeldt welcomes everyone and introduces the exhibition
Göteborgs Konsthall closes
Sunday, December 8 at 14-15.30
Meet Per Mårtensson in a conversation with Göteborgs Konsthall director Mikael Nanfeldt. The conversation is a walk through the exhibition and will be held in Swedish.
Per Mårtensson's work is characterized by a preoccupation with what has traditionally been a constant issue for modern painting, the two-dimensional surface. From the late 19th century and throughout the whole of 20th century the surface has constantly reactivated itself as a battleground for physical, intellectual and artistic struggles. Per Mårtensson tests, investigates, rejects, likes, processes and develops the ideas of modern painting’s dramatic history. And he does this with a clear position in his own time and in the context of his own life.
What distinguishes Per Mårtensson’s art is a distinct austerity and abstract concreteness. However, the question whether his painterly practice is abstract or figurative soon loses its meaning; instead, the individual work’s own subject matter becomes the focal point. Per Mårtensson’s art stems from complex relations, and each work has several levels of meaning superimposed upon each other. Without claiming to hierarchical structure, Mårtensson’s paintings relate to art history, the self-generated areas of investigation of the flat picture plane, and the interspatial visual manifestations of the contemporary urban environment.
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