Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist at the Embassy of Sweden, artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Kate Novak and Madelaine Fusfield
CHARLOTTE GYLLENHAMMAR (www.charlottegyllenhammar.com) is an acclaimed Swedish contemporary artist, whose work is among the most idiosyncratic and expressive Swedish art today. Currently her series “Hang” is being showcased in an exhibition in the Nobel Hall at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.
ON THURSDAY evening, March 3 a gallery talk was held with the artist, Jack Rasmussen, Ph.D., director and curator at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, and Eva Bergquist, cultural counselor at the Embassy of Sweden.
Artist Charlotte Gyllenhammar and Jack Rasmussen, director and curator at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center discuss Ms. Gyllenhammar’s artwork.
MUCH OF Ms. Gyllenhammar’s work represent states of mind or highly emotionally charged situations that often provoke in the viewer a reaction of fascination, exhilaration or anxiety. She began her career as a painter at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1993, she broke through the Swedish art scene when she suspended a 120-year-old tree over Drottninggatan, the main street in the center of Stockholm. The work, titled “Die for You,” was the first step in a progression of images and environments that invert perspective.
Madelaine Fusfield and Eva Danielsson-Cohen
THE SERIES “Hang,” from 2006, comprises both color of c-prints and gelatin silver prints, and shows a woman, who is suspended, trapped within the flower-like imprisonment of her formal formal skirts and is fixated within the male gaze. The photographs were premiered at Paris Photo in 2006, in the Central Exhibition, which was dedicated to the Nordic countries, where Gyllenhammar represented Sweden. “Hang” will be on display at House of Sweden until May 1, 2011. Ms. Gyllenhammar is also represented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
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