Jamila Drott / Viktor Rosdahl
11 May - 2 June, 2019
Opening Saturday May 11, 12-4 PM (12-16).
Galleri Thomassen is pleased to present Let it go,
Jamila Drott´s first solo exhibition at the gallery, side by side with Viktor Rosdahl´s solo exhibition New dawn for an old sun.
Drott´s works in metal operate on the border between painting and sculpture. Entering into dialogue with both traditions, she freely uses art historical, as well as pop- and subcultural references as a gameboard where various and often contradictory strategies can be contemplated, role-played and appropriated.
Drott’s sculptural paintings often resemble landscapes, topographical maps or satellite images; undefined terrains and territories. But these figurative associations never take a definitive form. At first glance, they present the possibility of unfolding another world, beyond their own materiality, but upon closer consideration, they simultaneously establish themselves as 1:1 sculptural objects in the room.
New dawn for an old sun, Viktor Rosdahl’s first solo exhibition at the gallery consists of new paintings together with works that have been reworked and processed over a number of years.Rosdahl´s works address a diverse range of topics, connecting the past with the present as well as ideas about painting itself, methods of working and visual language. His paintings are based on pre-existing images. Images that he has collected for years. Some of the pictures are stored in different folders on his computer. Folders with titles like World War II, Demonstrations, Contemporary War and Politics, Clouds and so on.
These images are then reworked, appropriated, collaged together, through painting.
Jamila Drott (b. 1979 in Gothenburg), lives and works in Malmö. She received her MFA from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2008), and studied textile design at HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg. Drott’s work has been shown at Galleri Ping-Pong in Malmö, Galleri Thomas Wallner in Simrishamn and Loop Gallery in Seoul, among other places. She has been involved in several public art projects, including at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, and has been a resident artist at the Seoul Museum of Art and at ZK/U in Berlin.
Viktor Rosdahl (b. 1980 in Helsingborg) lives and works in Malmö. He received his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Malmö (2002-2007) and the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm (2005). Recent solo exhibitions include Viktor Rosdahl, the Ljungberg Museum (2019), Post-Empire (2017), Outskirts (2013) at Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm, One Foot in The Grave, Bollnäs Museum (2017-2018), Galleri Arnstedt and Averno Galleri Ping-Pong (2017). His works have been included in a number of group exhibitions; Ystad Art Museum, Gothenburg Konsthall, Lund Konsthall, Gävle Art Center, GIBCA-Röda Sten, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Malmö, Malmö Art Museum, Bonnier’s Konsthall, Nordic Contemporary in Paris, Frieze and The Armory Show in New York and Volta Basel. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants. His work is represented in both private and public collections, including Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, Maria Bonnier Foundation and The National Public Art Council.