Review of Power Play by Blouin Artinfo, October 23, 2017
The Power of Female: Mette Björnberg at Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm
The female sex and its place in politics is the subject of the latest exhibition “Power Play” at the Galleri Magnus Karlsson. Located in Stockholm the gallery welcomes Mette Björnberg for her fifth exhibition with the gallery, in which her sculptures analyse recent political issues concerning the female sex.
The show sees the artist back once again with his quintessential style of building sculptures and objects in painted wood, mixed media and textiles. The exhibition centres around the artist’s series that consists of nine wall objects. “Power Play,” numbers one to nine, has the female sex as its central theme. All the works are a reaction to the artist’s take on international events, politics and how they unfold into a unique narrative. The artist takes a cue from an old picture he saw of an international woman who was demonstrating against abortion rights and the country’s political system. The image had a profound impact on the artist and spurred her to create this set of work. Björnberg has a very simplified approach to her work, as her use of materials and aesthetics have no complexity involved, they are straightforward yet compelling. She has taken women’s rights in Poland to a new level with her art.
Sometimes her straightforwardness has even shocked her contemporaries; it as if each brushstroke has a story of it’s own to say. She provides the viewer a full opportunity to consider her shattered dish. Contemporary artists such as Jonas Dahlberg and Betty Tompskins know about the dreaded waters the artist treads. Born in 1963, Mette Björnberg works and lives in Södra Mellby, Kivik. She studied at the Malmö Art Academy during 1991–1996. The artist has showcased her work in numerous galleries, museums and art institutions in many countries, majorly Sweden since the 1990s. She has made a large amount of public commissions, some together with Richard Johansson. In 2015, she received the Ann Wolff Foundation artist award and in 2016 she was awarded with the Asmund and Lizzie Arle Sculpture Prize from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
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