Opening Online Exclusive on ARTSY
June 18 > June 28, 2020
Presented by Gallery70
Rruga Abdi Toptani (at Toptani Center Ground Floor), Tirana
Artworks: (from left to right): Johan Gustavsson, The internet. 50×70 cm. Drawing on paper. 2011 and Jonas Ohlsson, In the end we are all white, 30 cm + 42 cm, graphite pencil, oil crayon, gouache and pen, 2020
Gallery70 has the pleasure to present the side by side exhibition “Maxi Cosi” by Johan Gustavsson and Jonas Ohlsson, two Swedish artists based in The Netherlands.
Gustavsson & Ohlsson
Originally from Sweden, they have both been living in The Netherlands for the last twenty years. Next to their artistic practices they are both curating exhibitions and lecturing at various Art Academies. Gustavsson & Ohlsson are both inspired by amateur, outsider and children’s drawings and their often unique display of rawness, care and honesty.
They also share a deep love and passion for the medium of drawing, an ancient medium that allows space for intuition, imperfections and directness of thought.
Everything from daily mundane occurrences to larger sweeping political issues are all addressed with a gentle tenderness, celebrating the strangeness and awkwardness of everyday life.
About the artists
Johan Gustavsson (b.1978) is an artist, curator, and docent based in The Netherlands since 2000.
After attending several arts and crafts studies in Scandinavia, he studied Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and attended the fine arts MA program at Sandberg Institute 2012-2013. Gustavsson has been a co-director/ curator at 1646 in The Hague since 2004 (www.1646.nl) In addition to this, also works as a freelance curator. He teaches at the Interactive Media Design department and at the Photography department at the Royal Academy of Art, in The Hague. Has been a guest lecturer at Royal Academy of Sweden, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Kokkola folkhögskola Finland, Concordia in Montreal, Piet Zwart in Rotterdam, Rietvelt Academy, Minerva Academy, HKU at Utrecht and Hilversum. Gustavssons works had been exhibited widely in Europe and several other coninnents.
In 2008, he worked as Cultural Ambassador for the Municipality of The Hague.
Gustavsson is further a initiator and board member of the curatorial initiative, Stichting The Naked (www.alternativeartguide.com), was a co-initiator and Board Member of The Hague Contemporary (www.thehaguecontemporary.nl) and (www.page-not-found.nl).
Gustavsson was the curator of Prospects & Concepts at Art Rotterdam 2020.
Jonas Ohlsson (b.1967) is an artist, and maker of drawings, installations and objects. He is a composer of music, and writes and performs as Blodfet & DJ Lonely. His art is as versatile as his artistic practice. Next to music, provocation and humor other important themes in his work are sex, drugs, politics and street culture. Ohlsson’s background in electronic music penetrates his artistic process, where a big part is reserved for intuition and free association.
Jonas also teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Royal Academy in The Hague, and Design Academy in Eindhoven. He has also been a guest teacher in Boston, Berlin, Los Angeles, Örebro, Aruba, JIngdezhen, Xiamen (both in China)and Geneva.
Frankfurter Kunstverein; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; São Paulo biennal; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Krinzinger Gallery, Salzburg and Wien; Fons Welters/Playstation Amsterdam; 1646, The Hague; Willy Wonka, Oslo; Kling & Bang gallery, Reykjavík; Mark Moore Gallery Los Angeles; Esslr Sammlung, Wien; Marrakesh Biennale (with the Naked, Den Haag); Los Angeles Biennial (with I-5 gallery); Hobra exhibition, Rio de Janeiro. www.fffuck.org/artists/jonas-ohlsson
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