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Borås Bright Art - Borås Art Museum, Roots and Gone Fishing by Lena Mattsson 2022

Uppdaterat: 26 nov. 2023


Borås Bright Art International light art in public spaces and at Borås Art Museum

28.10.22–26.02.23 (Borås Art Museum) 28.10.22–15.01.23 (in public spaces)


Lena Mattsson (SE)

Gone Fishing by Lena Mattsson (in public space) Roots by Lena Mattsson (Borås Art Museum)


Video installation views from "Roots" by Lena Mattsson

(Borås Art Museum 2022) and "Gone Fishing" by Lena Mattsson (in public space)

Music Conny C-A Malmqvist


Gone Fishing by Lena Mattsson (in public space) music Conny C-A Malmqvist


ENGLISH:

Lena Mattsson explores how we relate to and perceive the world, time and space, often basing her work on seemingly ordinary situations that gradually shift and prompt us to question the fundamentals of life. She often plays with scale, and her works appear in surprising yet tailored places. Gone Fishing features children who fish objects out of the water; the work addresses environmental pollution and our attitude to nature. The stuff pulled up from the seabed also intimately connects us to previous generations, people’s collective lives and actions, and touches on questions in our own inner depths. Inside the museum, visitors are faced with an apparently tender figure that resembles some kind of elemental being. On a tree root, a child blows out and ignites a light in a cycle that alludes to the shape of growth rings and time’s unbroken loop.


Roots relates both physically and metaphorically to roots. The installation as a whole triggers ambiguous associations and shows how everything is connected – the beginning, the end, eternity. The works, both outdoors and indoors, are connected thematically and can be read as a triptych. Mattsson is deft at conjuring up moods, and takes us on a journey that is alternately thrilling, sensitive, magical, realistic and symbolic. The accompanying music is composed by the musician, art critic and philosopher Conny C-A Malmkvist.


Lena Mattsson (b. 1966) lives and works in Malmö. She studied at Målarskolan Forum (now Malmö Art Academy) in Sweden. Mattsson’s works, films and video installations have been exhibited in Sweden and internationally. Swedish exhibitions include Moderna Museet Malmö, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Konstmuseum, the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn, Nässjö Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall and Island of Light, Smögen. Selected exhibitions abroad are Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; The Metropolitan Art Museum, Pusan, South Korea; SPARK VIDEO: BEACON New York, USA; and the Portobello Film Festival, London, UK. She has also won art prizes and grants, including the Edstrand Foundation Art Prize and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s ten-year grant. Mattsson works as a curator, and she and Ola Åstrand co-curated Generation – En spegling av 1990-talets konstscen (Generation – A Reflection on the 1990s Art Scene) and Kultur under Covid-19 (Culture Under Covid-19) at Borås Museum of Modern Art in 2020-2021.




Video installation views from "Roots" by Lena Mattsson

(Borås Art Museum 2022)



Borås Bright Art International light art in public spaces and at Borås Art Museum

28.10.22–26.02.23 (Borås Art Museum) 28.10.22–15.01.23 (in public spaces)

Lena Mattsson


Borås Bright Art Internationell ljuskonst i stadsrummet och på Borås Konstmuseum


28.10.22–26.02.23 (Borås Konstmuseum) 28.10.22–15.01.23 (i stadsrummet)


Gone Fishing by Lena Mattsson (in public space) music Conny C-A Malmqvist



DAGENS NYHETER Kultur


Suggestiva ljusspel och gnistrande tingelingpulver i Borås


Läs Dan Jönssons recension i DN Kultur.

”Av konstnärerna ute i stadsrummet är Lena Mattsson den som lyckas bäst, med en stillsam videoprojektion under en av broarna över Viskan, där ett barn koncentrerat står och fiskar papperstussar ur vattnet. Den skapar ett alldeles eget rum omkring sig – liksom även Rune Guneriussens myller av invasiva skrivbordslampor som rastlöst klänger uppför ett av stadsparkens knotiga gamla pilträd.”


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Borås Tidning Kultur.


Läs Agnes Brusk Jahns recension av Borås Bright Art i BT.


"Det är en fantastisk utställning, både på konstmuseet och i stadsrummet. Vad verken betyder är upp till tolkaren, det kan vara precis vad som helst. De kompletterar varandra med olika aspekter av ljus, lek, humor och mystik. Ljus som måleri, vetenskap, naturfenomen, ljud och skulptur. Verken innehåller nyfikenhet, humor, experimentlusta och djup, samtidigt som de berör på ett djupt känslomässigt plan."


Göteborgs-Posten

Kultur


Borås Bright Art tar ut konsten på gatorna – ”Sinnligt och visuellt” Kultur När många städer blir mörkare i elkrisens spår blir Borås ljusare. Borås Konstmuseum gör sin största satsning på över ett år när ljusutställningen Borås Bright Art kör igång. – Stäng av tv:n och gå ut och titta på konsten i stället, det är billigare, säger museichef Eva Eriksdotter.


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Lena Mattsson Interview

Magazine Les Nouveaux Riches 2023


Lena Mattson’s impressive artistic career stretches through decades including numerous appearances in renowned institutions around the world. In her work life itself, that which is private to us and memories are woven together. The experienced reality shares the same surface as the recounted. One feels that the works are abstractions of the culmination of (perhaps) specific events that show neither their beginning nor their end. So they invite us to relate and connect.

INTERVIEW: KAJSA RHODIN


Magazine Les Nouveaux Riches




Lena Mattsson



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