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(Fragment) SIGN, 2013 Graphite on paper, 60x60 cm

Current Exhibition at Stockholm’s Galleri Magnus Karlsson: Carl Hammoud “Analysis, Method, Unfold” 0

Carl Hammoud (b.1976) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, Asia and USA. In 2012 he received Åke Andrén Foundation Art Scholarship. He is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Gothenburg Museum of Art and the British Museum in London.

From November 14 until December 22,  Stockholm’s Galleri Magnus Karlsson presents his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, named Analysis, Method, Unfold. The exhibition consists of new paintings, drawings and sculptures accompanied by a room displaying a selection of sketches, notes and other references used in conjunction with the works. The exhibition title refers to the structure of learning as well as the artistic practice.

Carl Hammoud. Photo from

What’s the best moment of your day?

The first hour in the studio, between 7-8 am, when all is quiet and there is an entire day of work ahead.

Why do you work as an artist?

I have never needed an answer to this question; it’s just the way it is.

Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you? 

The Mark Rothko retrospective at the Whitney Museum (NY) 1998.

Kerry Tribe’s double projected 16mm installation “H.M.” from the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

William Kentridge’s  performance “I am not me, the horse is not mine” at MoMA in 2010.

Most of Michael Haneke’s films.

FOCUS, 2013. Graphite on paper, 50x60 cm

FOCUS II, 2013. Graphite and watercolour on paper, 25x16 cm

Where do you currently get ideas for your works? 

Reading, learning and thinking is the best way to get ideas.

Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

Jockum Nordström’s “Europa”, Tacita Dean’s “The Sea, with a Ship, Afterwards an Island”, and Philip Guston’s “City Limits”.

What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

I think I am always occupied with art.

Do you sleep a lot?

I don’t like to sleep that much, so 7 hours per night is perfect.

Do you collect anything?

I might have enough shoes to call it a collection.

THE PROTEST, 2013. Oil on linen, 350x300 cm (175x300 cm)

CAMOUFLAGE (II), 2013. Oil on linen, 45x50 cm

MERIDIAN (I–XII), 2013. Paper, cardboard, 12 x (6,5x13,5x14 cm)

What is one of the most important things in your studio?

A friend of mine once gave me a pencil that I’ve used every day since.

What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

I eat everything, but I don’t like to put fruit in food. And I never eat Grapefruit.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

Anything that involved drawing.

Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

Philip K Dick, Tacita Dean and Louis CK. All together, same evening!

Installation views of Analysis, Method, Unfold. Galleri Magnus Karlsson, 2013