Lars Nilsson Andersson/Sandström, Umeå March 1 – April 13, 2012
Marking the start of their mutual cooperation, the gallery Andersson/Sandström, in Umeå, Sweden, is exhibiting a solo show by the well-known Swedish artist, Lars Nilsson (1956). Nilsson's paintings, sculptures, video works and installations constantly balance on the razor's edge between offensive provocation and the widest realms of the imagination. The artist conjures up broad, staged landscapes, in which large-format photographs mingle with contemporary sculptures. Having formerly been quite preoccupied with issues of male sexuality, Nilsson has now dived into deeper waters and works with a wider range of topics. The layers of symbolism seen in this latest exhibition can be peeled away like an onion, where the innumerable strata reveal Carl Gustav Jung's theories on what can be found in the murky basement of the human psyche. Lars Nilsson's newest works lean towards Romantic art in that his post-apocalyptic landscapes reflect on the drastically fine lines that lie between reality and fantasy, and between civilization and the power of nature.
The Age of Innocence. 2011
Monstrum II. 2011
Lars Nilsson lives and works in Stockholm; his largest solo shows to date have been organized by Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Magasin 3 in Stockholm. Also worth mentioning are his shows in New York's MoMA PS1, Stockholm's Moderna Museet, and Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Italy. From 1995 to 2006, Nilsson worked as a professor of sculpture at Malmö Art Academy, in Sweden.
Just like Riga, the Swedish city of Umeå – home to a branch of the art gallery Andersson/Sandström (the main one being in Stockholm) – will be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2014.