The gallery will open on December 12th with two concurrent solo exhibitions by Marcel Dzama and Jockum Nordström. This will be Canadian artist Marcel Dzama's third solo show at the gallery. A solo exhibition called More Famous Drawings traveled throughout Canada and Japan in 20022003. Dzama (born 1975) is also part of the Winnipeg-based artists' collective The Royal Art Lodge, an exhibition of which opened earlier this year at the Drawing Center in New York, and then traveled throughout the United States and Europe. The artist's work was also included in many international group shows this year.
Jockum Nordström (born 1963) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. This will be his third solo show with the gallery. Most recently, his work was included in Poetic Justice, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, and in International Paper, at the UCLA Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles.
Jockum Nordström's pencil drawings and collages read like storyboards, with everything taking place simultaneously in a single frozen frame. Nordström says "A single picture of mine may often be based on a multiple of originals. I am constantly looking at my immediate surroundings as well as books." Art, photographs, people, plants, architecture, patterns, textiles, and history all play an important role in his compositions. Like many artists, Nordström absorbs the world around him, and then turns to his work to stake out his place in it.
Nordström's work can be traced to a great variety of sources. Lucas Cranach and James Ensor are longstanding influences, as are folk art and Surrealism. The influence of music (both classical and Jazz) is apparent in all his work. Within his drawings and collages there is a palpable sense of improvisation and spontaneity. As the artist says, "It is through the choices one makes in combination with chance occurrences that compositions and narratives arise." Nordström is a bass guitarist.
At times it is difficult to tell whether the imaginative scenes in Nordström's works represent suppressed fantasies fighting their way into the consciousnesses of the flattened-out figures, or if they are coping mechanisms for the commonplaces of daily life.
Nordström's work explores the subject of modem-day alienation, and through the artist's imaginative world it is vigorously translated to paper. In Nordström's view, fantasy is less for escape than for sustenance. The world is flawed, Nordström seems to be saying, but it is negotiable on account of our fantasies. Fantasy has the power to transfonn banal, alienating tasks into moments that shimmer with humor and poignancy.
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