Ruins of Tomorrow
8 June – 8 July 2017
Grand Opening with garden party – June 8, 17-22
The Seamstress, 91×104 cm, Ink, Airbrush, Vinyl and Oil on canvas (2017)
Shadows play an important role in Kristoffer Zetterstrand’s latest works. By digitally 3D-
modelling vast landscapes from old paintings, he is able to change the time and weather in the
motives after his own choosing. In these temporalized environments he posits disparate
objects, people and animals, ultimately creating dream-like scenarios. Each of these scenes,
by the artist himself described as virtual still lifes, is then transferred back onto a canvas.
The position of the sun determines the direction and length of the shadows in each painting. It
thus presents us with a distinct idea of time and location – our position in relation to the sun
and whether it is sunset or sunrise. The shadows further present us with a conception of depth,
varying from motive to motive. In The View III the landscape occurs as a two-dimensional
backdrop, whereas in The Seamstress it appears to be endless.
At the same time, the notion of both time and place is dissolved by the painting’s surrealistic
motives. Zetterstrand’s works contain fragments of images from different periods of time;
they are filled with references to art history as well as contemporary elements like the graffiti
in The Steps. The soft brush strokes and subtle use of nuances enhance the feeling of illusion
evoked by the collages. The outcome is dramatic, almost theatrical. By building his own
worlds – constructing, changing and demolishing static works of art – Zetterstrand brings life
into the history of painting.
Among the remnants
4-21 Dec 2014
Grand Opening December 4, 17-19
Early Morning, Delft. 49x43cm. Oil on canvas (2014).
New works , Mårtenson-Persson Gallery, Båstad. June 23-July 22. Opening June 23. Welcome.
Kristoffer Zetterstrand. Solo show. Jan 29 – Mar 12
Kungsbacka Konsthall, Borgmästaregatan 6, Kungsbacka
Kristoffer Zetterstrand. Solo show. October 23 – November 21
ALP/Peter Bergman, Torsgatan 41, Stockholm.
Press release [swe]
Poseidons torg 8, Haninge centrum [map]
16 may – 29 aug 2009
opening may 16th 12-16
Text by PO Hagström
A translated extract from PO Hagströms’ text:
Rescene: Kristoffer Zetterstrand at Haninge konsthall
Kristoffer Zetterstrand was born in 1973, and graduated from the Royal University College of Fine Art in 2001. Since then, he has become well known for his visual art, where motifs from various epochs blend together, and where the investigative and the narrative are central parts.
Looking at Zetterstrands’ art, we often find ourselves in the middle of a story, as if we have stepped into the darkness of a cinema theater in the middle of the film. The brain starts to work, how does the different parts relate to each other? What does the deployed objects mean, and what relations are there between the main characters? We recognice the different parts: ruins, mountains, figures from renaissance and computer games, Plato’s cave and the enlighting or consuming fire – but there is also something askew in the images. We discover that the stories we have read into Zetterstrand’s motifs are like the enthusiastic but inadequate efforts of a conspiracy theorist, trying to make things make sense. It’s all connected, but something is not right. And it is that gap that keep us engaged.
The exhibition Rescene
The title of the exhibition is a play with words. It originates from reusal, or re-seeing, or perhaps a scene being brought back into use. And accordingly, the exhibition is also a recap of the paintings of the last few years, where Zetterstrand’s method of constructing different environments, like a scenoghrapher, is a recurring theme. To do this, he uses the computer as his scetching tool.
By three-dimensionally building the scenery, he can turn the image around and see it from all directions. He can also move around, remove and place different pictorial elements and then light the motif in different ways to see how the shadows move. After this, the painting can begin. Zetterstrand describes the painting as the part of the work process where he, with his own words, can allow himself to improvise upon the themes he worked out in the computer. This, therefore, is the most important part of the work, where the ideas are physically tested, as the brush meets the canvas.
New works, Galleri Mårtenson & Persson
Påarpsvägen 444, Båstad
24 July-24 aug
[also showing: Anders Krisàr, Frida Fjellman, Sigurdur Gudmundsson]
ALP galleri Peter Bergman
Riddargatan 35, Stockholm
may 24 – june 17
Galleri PS, Gothenburg
15-30 November 2003.