Science is not Enough
In this, our first exhibition in our new space at Västra Trädgårdsgatan we want to celebrate the unrivalled potential of art to produce acts of resistance against the ruling ideology of rationalism: The Beautiful Escape.
Five artists, who all employ different practices and hail from very different times and places, explore the potential disruptive force inherent to the act of withdrawing from the world. This choice is not necessarily a selfish act of escapism, pursued solely for personal pleasure and enjoyment. On the contrary, it can represent a courageous and vital struggle involving great risk.
One artist who possessed this kind of vision was Hilma af Klint (1862–1944). She was an astute and educated woman of her times, who had feelers extended well beyond the confines of conventional thinking. Her artistic explorations of the realms of the abstract and the transcendental are positively astonishing, and no less radical than those of Mondrian, Kandinsky, or Malevich. She just happened to be ever so slightly ahead of what we refer to as the avant-garde.
Christine Ödlund’s most recent paintings display a striking kinship with Hilma af Klint’s work. She too takes the transcendent as her core subject matter. Perceived affinities between life and music, or between plants and humans, are no mere fantasies. They are real. Science is ill-equipped to help us grasp the miracle of life.