Jens Fänge talks about his exhibition Light Years at Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, 22.8–26.9 2020. The recording was made on September 9, 2020.
Edited by Felix Berg
Thanks to Jens Fänge
© Galleri Magnus Karlsson 2020
Inom konsten finns det inga fakta, bara tolkningar, ett oändligt spel mellan olika tider och individer. Vågar vi titta tillräckligt länge, kan vissa verk ta oss på en oförutsägbar resa genom psykets okända landskap, men konsten som sådan, kommer alltid glida ur våra händer, inser jag när jag skrider fram i din hermetiska värld och förundras av gåtor, falluckor, flyktpunkter och månghövdade perspektiv.
There are no facts in art, only interpretations, an endless interplay of different times and individuals. If we dare look long enough, some works can take us on an unpredictable journey through the unknown landscape of our minds, but art as such will forever slip from our grasp, I realise as I proceed through your hermetic world and wonder at the riddles, trapdoors, vanishing points and many-headed perspectives.
The exhibition Light Years by Jens Fänge will open without a reception on Saturday August 22 and runs through September 26. The gallery will be open regular hours if the situation does not change. We will follow the guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Sweden. A limited number of visitors (15) will be allowed in the gallery. We therefore kindly ask you to have patience if waiting time arises on certain occasions. Visit our website or follow us on social media for up to date information.
We are pleased to announce the ninth summer exhibition at Hellvi Kännungs, Gotland, Sweden. The exhibition Still Life presents a personal selection of paintings, sculptures and photographs around the concept of still life. Pictures and objects of subjects which have been carefully arranged or where everyday life and chance have set the stage. In some works the objects are loaded with content and history, in others reduced to forms and surfaces in a composition.
From press release:
Welcome to our summer exhibition Art Attack delivering a real injection of contemporary art to you! Art Attack was born out of the Corona crisis when we had to change our planned summer exhibition. We hope this acts as an “art attack” stimulating your mind in a positive way during uncertain times. Right now, when we ourselves and the world at large face challenges, art can contribute to reflection and perspective on our existence and eternal existential questions.
We have postponed our regular public program and hope to open as usual again on May 9th. In the meantime, we have installed a group exhibition with a selection of works by gallery artists. The works are new, previously unseen or have been shown in other contexts. The exhibition runs through May 2, but may change over time. For the time being, we have the gallery open by appointment only. Please come and visit us if you have the possibility. Email or call us (+46 8 660 43 53 or +46 708 106 906) to make an appointment.
Lars Göran Johnsson Collection
Jens Fänge takes part in a group exhibition at Turku Art Museum.
From press release:
Explorations showcases the collection of more than 500 works of art donated to the Turku Art Museum by doctor of medicine and surgery Lars Göran Johnsson (b. 1930, Tampere). Divided into thematic sections that express the character of the collection, the exceptionally large exhibition fills both floors of the museum and features modernist classics and top names of contemporary art.
We have the pleasure to invite you to a conversation between the artists Bella Rune and Jens Fänge in connection to her current exhibition XYZ at the gallery.
Time: Monday April 1, 6.00 pm
Place: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Fredsgatan 12
Limited number of seats. The conversation will be in Swedish.
(The gallery will be open from 5 pm, if you want to see the exhibition at the same time)
Swedish artist Jens Fänge excels in creating subtly understated yet emotionally charged territories that merge abstract space with the human figure. His composite paintings and nested assemblages are often integrated into murals with vanishing points so elusive that they induce vertigo. Conflicting angles, off-kilter floors, and tilted walls make for fragmented interiors that seem neither two- nor three-dimensional. These ambiguous zones are inhabited by partially or fully rendered figures that gaze from framed portraits or appear like cut-out protagonists in a puppet or shadow play.
Galleri Magnus Karlsson moves to London this autumn!
After nearly 20 years at art fairs in Europe and the USA we are trying out new ways of presenting our artists internationally. During 2018 we have taken a pause from international art fairs to explore the possibilities with pop-up exhibitions.
Group Show | One Long Changing Body*
17 March – 14 April 2018
Opening: Friday, March 16 2018, 6–9 pm
carlier | gebauer is pleased to present One Long Changing Body*, a group exhibition with Jens Fänge, Louis Fratino, Vincent Gicquel, Anton Henning, Tomasz Kowalski, Caroline Mesquita, Apolonia Sokol, and Peter Stauss.
Bonniers Konsthall opens the 2018 spring season with the most comprehensive solo exhibition of artist Jens Fänge. Fänge works with paint and assemblage and has occupied an esteemed position in the Swedish art world for quite some time. His work has recently received international attention. Drömmarna (The Dreams) focuses on his more recent production, a style characterised by the artist’s inclination to allow the paintings to extend beyond the canvas and into the room.
June 2016–June 2017, original work from the series Plain Air by Peter Köhler, Zinkendamm.
May 2014–April 2015, original works by Lisa Jonasson, Zinkensdamm.
March 2010–February 2011, Nachtspiel by Jens Fänge, Zinkensdamm.
More information: www.slkonst.se
We are pleased to be a part of Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen for the fifth consecutive year. At this year’s edition of Chart we will show a wide variety of paintings in a group exhibition with selected works by 13 of the gallery artists.
From Press Release (in Swedish only):
Några av landets mest intressanta samtida konstnärer har bidragit till denna visning, till förmån för Svenska Konstnärernas Förening/Konstnärshuset.
Intäkterna går oavkortat till verksamheten. Läs mer om oss HÄR.
Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong is pleased to present Sister Feelings, the second exhibition dedicated to Swedish artist Jens Fänge, following The Hours Before at Galerie Perrotin, Paris last spring with a new series of 17 panel paintings (all 2016).
Mette Björnberg, Jacob Dahlgren, Nathalie Djurberg/Hans Berg, Anna Maria Ekstrand, Thea Ekström, Kristina Abelli Elander, Leif Elggren, Ditte Ejlerskov, Andreas Eriksson, Eve Eriksson, Jens Fänge, Gert Germeraad, Gun Gordillo, Maria Hall, Richard Johansson, Gittan Jönsson, Eva Larsson, Yvonne Larsson, Tuija Lindström, Lisa D Manner, Joan Miró, Robert Moreau, Gerhard Nordström, Anneè Olofsson, Alf Olsson, Christian Partos, Glenn Sorensen, David Svensson, Elisabeth Svensson, Per Svensson, Claes Söderquist, Ulf Trotzig, Magnus Wallin and Fredrik Wretman.
LARS LERIN/ERNST BILLGREN/HELENE BILLGREN
MARIA LINDBERG/ELIN WIKSTRÖM/JENS FÄNGE
KARIN WIKSTRÖM/THOMAS BROOMÉ/MARIA HALL
ANNA PERSSON/PATRIC LARSSON/LINDA TEDSDOTTER
CARL HAMMOUD/MAURITS YLITALO/DUDA BEBEK
TOMAS LUNDGREN/MARTHA OSSOWSKA PERSSON
When we study Jens Fänge’s new works for The Hours Before somehow Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist play from 1921, Six Characters in Search of an Author, comes to mind.
I think this is because Fänge’s assemblages force onlookers to reconsider again and again what it is we are actually seeing – or maybe witnessing. There is a drama going on here, but which one? And what is it about?
From Press Release (in Swedish only):
Amara Por Dios, Bigert & Bergström, Olle Bonniér, Johanna Byström Sims, Åsa Cederqvist, Jacob Dahlgren, Sara-Vide Ericson, Jens Fänge, Annika von Hausswolff, Erik Hedman, Matti Kallioinen, Katarina Löfström, Janina Nilsson, Bella Rune, Liv Strand, Ruben Wätte, Bengt O Österblom
Jens Fänge’s original diploma for the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, Svetlana Alexievich.
Artist: Jens Fänge
Calligrapher: Annika Rücker
Book binder: Ingemar Dackéus
Copyright © Nobel Foundation 2015/ Photographer: Lovisa Engblom
Från Hallström till Hammoud
Konst ur museets samling – från 1960-tal till idag
Galleri Magnus Karlsson has partnered with Hotel le Manoir in Banyuls-sur-Mer, France. We will make on-site exhibitions with gallery artists and also work towards an exchange between the artists, guests of the hotel and the local cultural scene. The first exhibition presents more than 30 works by 16 of the gallery’s artists.The works are not selected on the basis of a special theme, but there are a number connections to the geographical location, the building and the local nature and culture.
We are pleased to present new works by Mamma Andersson, Anna Bjerger, Jens Fänge and Charlie Roberts in our stand (#C28) at Frieze New York.
It is our second year at Frieze New York and we are the only Swedish gallery represented in the main section of the fair.
Please contact the gallery for more information. To contact us during the fair, please e-mail or call +46 708 106 906.
New Opening Days
Erlend Grytbakk Wold
In the exhibition HERE/NOW, Artipelag would like to take a stand for the physical meeting between artwork and the viewer. The title of the exhibition refers to artist Barnett Newman’s praised 1948 essay, The Sublime is Now. In the essay, Newman propagates the idea that the meeting between contemplator and artwork should be like a meeting between two people, wherein the relationship is based on a profound dialogue.
Blueprint unites artists and architects with wide-ranging and disparate practices under a single, uniting theme: using the “blueprint” module to explore the origin of their practice. First conceived in 1999, the exhibition was a low-budget, DIY effort by and about a group of emerging artists (“ambitious and broke” artists, in the words of curator/artist Sebastiaan Bremer). A decade and a half later, the artists’ practices have matured, and Blueprint remains a fascinating recent historical document and a record of the artists’ creative trajectory and evolution.
Some of the participating artists:
Jens Fänge, Tuija Lindström, Peter Johansson, Annica Karlsson Rixon, Jacob Dahlgren, Andreas Eriksson, Lotta Hannerz, Ann Eringstam, Jeff Olsson, Maria Miesenberger, Eva Klasson, Gerry Johansson, Lovisa Ringborg, Julia Peirone, Dana Sederowsky, Helene Billgren, Patrik Andine, Omid Delafrouz, Leif Elggren, Lotta Antonsson, Carl Hammoud, Annika von Hausswolff, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Tomas Lundgren & Maria Johansson.
Galleri Magnus Karlsson is pleased to present a solo presentation with artist Jens Fänge at ABC in Berlin (Stand #B56). The installation Das Schauspiel presents new paintings, assemblages and objects in an installation customized for the fair.
From Press release (in Swedish only)
Galleri Magnus Karlsson is pleased to announce a group exhibition that will be on display throughout the summer. In conjunction with the inauguration of Nationalmuseum’s temporary space with the exhibition Carl Larsson - Friends and Enemies in our building (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts), we will show Time Waits for Us . This exhibition presents new works by all of our gallery artists.
Galleri Magnus Karlsson is pleased to present Jens Fänge’s third solo exhibition in the gallery. Room of Transformation presents new paintings, assemblages and objects in an installation customized for the space of the gallery.
Surrealism is a movement that has never faded. Vital and current art with surrealist elements is still being created. By means of shock, surprise and disturbance, artists seek to stir up the inner reality behind the viewer’s outer, rigid conventions and restricting inhibitions.
From Press Release:
Gallery Baton is pleased to present Diplopia, an exhibition introducing new works by Swedish artists Jens Fänge and Carl Hammoud.
Diplopia is the technical term for double vision; the simultaneous perception of two images. The title refers to the common denominators in the works of Fänge/Hammoud, such as the usage of two (or more) images, the double exposure of objects, or simply the equivocal nature of their works - where one interpretation is as true as another.
From Press release (Swedish)
Sten A Olssons Kulturstipendium 1996 – 2011
Ett urval av de första 15 årens stipendiater i en utställning curerad av Sune
Nordgren. Utställningen presenterar åtta bildkonstnärer vars verk får bilda
nedslag i den samtida konsten. Följande konstnärer deltar: Monica Englund,
Jens Fänge, Annika von Hausswolff, Eva Hild, Jarl Ingvarsson, Maria Lindberg,
Mikael Olsson och Ola Åstrand. Utställningen har tillkommit på initiativ av
Stenastiftelsens styrelse i nära samarbete med Göteborgs konstmuseum.
Galleri Magnus Karlsson is pleased to present Jens Fänge's second solo exhibition in the gallery.
I drömmen drömmer drömmen en dröm.
Det händer konstiga saker ibland. Trollkarlen drack upp sig själv och försvann.
Jag tänker att den här utställningen skall fungera som en kinesisk ask. Både i enskilda verk och i det arbete som hela utställningen utgör finns historier och bilder som reflekterar över relationen mellan konsten och (det som ibland kallas) verkligheten. Skikt efter skikt av minnen och erfarenheter. Det skenbart enkla skavfota med fint utmejslade världar. Utställningen rymmer motsägelser. Jag tror att dessa möten alstrar ljus.