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CARIN ELLBERG [solo-exhibition] at Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum, May 17 – September 30, 2018
The Others Drift In
17 maj – 30 september 2018
It is with great pleasure that Carl Eldh’s Studio Museum announces Carin Ellberg’s exhibition The Others Drift In. She lets a group of sculptures of round iron, featuring pendants of mirror, glass, and stone, drift into Eldh’s studio, apparently unaffected by gravity. Like a collection of otherworldly beings, they glide forward and take up positions in the Studio Museum that are as remarkable as obvious. Between plaster casts and modelling stands, on the floor and up in the air, they wondrously both reflect and observe Eldh’s starkly white sculptures. As a precaution, an Outpost is left in the Studio Museum’s garden, as if to ensure that the intervention goes undisturbed.
The exhibition includes other works by Carin Ellberg in a wide variety of materials, like nylon, silicon, and clay. These pieces too are transformative and appear in unexpected places. Ellbergs surreal figures may seem to have little in common with the works of Carl Eldh, but much unites them. Carin Ellberg’s formal language evokes the plant-derived forms that were popular in Art Nouveau and Symbolism –– both obvious reference points for Eldh. Symbolism also reveals a similarity of motifs between the two artists. Ellberg’s work, like that of Eldh’s, features elves and fairies. Eldh utilized the expressive capacities of the human body; Ellberg lets flora blossom and take on a life of its own.
Like her senior colleague, Carin Ellberg has made many public works, and in the exhibition models and drawings of some of them are on display, side by side with Carl Eldh’s counterparts. There is a sketch of The Fifth Element, Ellberg’s monumental pink concrete sculpture, among Eldh’s studies for The Branting Monument. Small steel wire models of some of the show’s large-scale sculptures are also included, as are models for projects that have not been realized. The shift of scale reminds us of the sculptural process and that the museum once was a living workshop.
In connection to the exhibition a bilingual catalog is produced with an essay by writer and curator Alba Baeza. An artist talk (in Swedish) between Carin Ellberg and Alba Baeza will take place in the museum on May 31 at 6 pm.
This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Swedish Arts Council, Pontus Bonnier, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Royal Patriotic Society, Andréhn-Schiptjenko and Stockholm City.
For more information, please see Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum’s website.
Carin Ellberg – Species (Eye), 2016
Courtesy of Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum
Photo: Urban Jörén
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