Mine is a condition that could be described as a nostalgia created by a contemporary mind for something that probably never existed. The exhibition consists of new collages made out of old postcards predominantly depicting European monuments, churches, castles, ruins and other historically or mythologically charged/burdened places. Through the use of these images access is gained to times and places lost to us: a link is established between now and (an idea of) what once was. The images are dissected and rearranged according to varying geometric systems in an almost ritualistic way. In this new constellation, structures (both architectural and geometric) that manifest human belief, longing and desire are merged with forms reminiscent of a process of crystallization. These prismatic formations can be viewed both as representations of how things take physical shape but also as symbols of an inner world.
Daniel Andersson received his MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 2006, he was recipient of the Hasselblad Victor Fellowship. Recent exhibitions Open Space, Art Cologne, Cologne (2008), Tell a Friend, Emerging Swedish Contemporary Art, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2008), Gallery Schnittraum//Lutz Becker, Cologne (2007), The Research Gallery, LCC, London (2007), New Nordic Photography, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (2007).
Daniel’s residency at Location One is supported by FRAME (Finnish Fund for Art Exchange).
Fever by Taiwanese artist Tseng Yu-Chin consists of twenty-one triptych color photographs of children from diverse social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in New York. Each portrait combines an image of a young sitter hiding under the bed and an image of his or her bedroom. To add complexity and depth to the series, Tseng has asked each child to take a photograph from this unusual vantage point. Technically, the dark and mysterious atmosphere results in part from the artist’s manual intervention on each print as he coats them with layers and layers of digital ink, in the manner of an oil painting.
Tseng compares this layering process to coming to terms with his own emotions. The idea behind Fever sprung from the artist’s exacerbated reactions in his initial contact with the city. In his desire to counterbalance personal feelings of alienation and displacement prompted by an unfamiliar terrain, the artist chose to create these photographs, which attempt to translate what a child might do and feel in this type of situation.
Tseng Yu-Chin (b. 1978 Taipei) received his graduate degree from the School of Technical Art at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Dokumenta Kassel 2007 and in 2008 the Musee d’Art contemporain de Monreal.
Tseng’s residency at Location One is supported by YageoTech-Art Fellowship through the Asian Cultural Council.