Martin Jacobson (b. 1978, Stockholm) works in dialogue with models from art history as a way of examining painting. When his work moves into one of the old buildings at Wanås Konst, it is his incredible hand-painted backdrops from playwright Jonas Gardell’s show Queen of F*cking Everything, the largest of them measuring 16 x 9 meters, that are highlighted as paintings, transforming a whole building. Gardell has described the performance as his last major work, a finale about a miracle. When he chose to work with hand-painted backdrops, Gardell combined performing arts history with his own great interest in visual art. Jacobson spent more than a year working in the enormous format, using motifs such as a pink sunrise and glittering water with references to, and inspiration from, popular history, religious images, and Baroque theater.
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