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SELECTED WORKS BY Ida Ekblad

The L, The LL, The Lapis Lazuli
Ida Ekblad
The L, The LL, The Lapis Lazuli

2010

Cast concrete, pigment, found objects

120 x120 x 5 cm
Ida Ekblad’s chance-based art practice is a literal reflection of her peripatetic methodology, a special kind of no-holds-barred urban folk art. The production of her sculptures, paintings, music and poetry revolves around ‘drifts’ taken around the cities in which she will be making the work. Like a scavenger on a mission to extract essential, survival sustenance out of the discarded remains of contemporary culture, Ekblad collects materials on her walks, sifting through piles of rubble from demolished buildings and industrial heaps of metal.
Dubbed
Ida Ekblad
Dubbed

2010

Concrete, found objects

110 x 90 cm
Night Ocean Return Without And Without Hesitate
Ida Ekblad
Night Ocean Return Without And Without Hesitate

2010

Mixed media, concrete

144 x 123 cm
Her resulting works are exquisitely vibrant, free-associative compositions pairing dissonance with visual inventiveness. She displays a prodigious and playful imagination, referencing the visual language of fellow ‘drifters’, the Situationists or the expressionism of CoBrA painters such as Asger Jorn.
Banging
Ida Ekblad
Banging

2010

Mixed media

110 x 95 cm
Dusty Dry On The Tongue Swallowed Some
Ida Ekblad
Dusty Dry On The Tongue Swallowed Some

2010

Mixed materials

150 x 100 cm
Some of her works, such as Banging, Dubbed, The L, The LL, The Lapis Lazuli, Night Ocean Return Without and Without Hesitate (all 2010), could almost be called concrete poems - collected refuse objects have been literally embedded into wet panels of the material, finished with an inscription of the artist’s initials at the bottom, nodding to mark-making on actual street art. Similarly, in her sculpture Untitled (2010) discarded scraps of metal have been planted in a concrete pedestal. The heaviness of these pieces contrasts with the delicacy and refined balance of Figurine with Horns, Tennessee Hills and Organ Invention (all 2010), abstract shapes that somehow find completion in the artist’s ambiguous titles.
To Drink A Glass Of Melted Snow
Ida Ekblad
To Drink A Glass Of Melted Snow

2010

Oil on canvas

203.5 x 163.5 cm
Missing Pages
Ida Ekblad
Missing Pages

2010

Oil on canvas

160 x 130 cm
Organ Invention
Ida Ekblad
Organ Invention

2010

Welded steel

190 x 210 x 120 cm
Figurine With Horns
Ida Ekblad
Figurine With Horns

2010

Cast concrete, found objects

265 x 100 x 60 cm
There is something sci-fi and post-apocalyptic about Ekblad’s embrace and presentation of what is essentially humanity’s waste. Equally, there’s an explosive sense of future-retro abstract centripetal release, seen for example in Stalk Gills And Caps Of Goodbye (2009), Dusty Dry On The Tongue Swallowed Some and To Drink A Glass Of Melted Snow (both 2010).
‘Painting to me combines expressions of rhythm, poetry, scent, emotion..... It offers ways to articulate the spaces between words, and I cannot be concerned with its death, when working at it makes me feel so alive.’
Tennessee Hills
Ida Ekblad
Tennessee Hills

2010

Welded steel, found object

252 x 72 x 20 cm
Loops
Ida Ekblad
Loops

2010

Cast concrete and steel

134 x 82 x 62 cm
Stalk Gills and Caps of Goodbye
Ida Ekblad
Stalk Gills and Caps of Goodbye

2007

Oil on canvas

140 x 560 cm

Ida Ekblad's BIOGRAPHY

Ida Ekblad
Born in 1980 in Oslo, Norway
Lives and works in Berlin and Oslo



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Ida Ekblad, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
West London Projects, curated by Christine Schneider, London
Poem Percussion, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Digging. Treasure. Bonniers Kunsthall, Stockholm
A Clothespin Left Behind On A Line, Herald Street, London

2009
Project Room, Wiel, Brussels
A Woman Under The Influence, Frieze Art Fair, Frame, London, Gaudel de Stampa
That Leaf/ That Mushroom/ That Palm tree, Karma International, Zurich (with Tobias Madison)
The Journal Gallery, New York
Galerie since the summer of 69, New York
What Leaf? What Mushroom?, New Jersey, Basel
Woman Under the Influence, Galleru Annen Etage, Oslo
In Exile from the mineral kingdom, Galleria Alessandro de March, Milano
Febermalerier, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris

2008
Silver Ruins, Fotogalleriet, Oslo



GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
ILLIMinaziono, 54th Venice biennale, curated by Bice Curiger
Manufacture, curated by Zoë Gray & Sandra Patron, Parc Saint-Léger- Centre d’art Contemporain, Pogues-les-Eaux, France
Host City, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany
5th Prague Biennale, curated by Nicola Trezzi
The Garden Of Forking Paths- An Outdoor Sculpture Project on the Blum Family Estate in Samstagem, curated by Heike Munder, Migros Museum fϋr gegenwartskunst, Zurich
You Don’t Love Me Anymore, curated by Katja Schroeder, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Mϋnster, Germany

2010
At Home, Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Pastiche..When a tree falls in the forest, Sølyst Artist Residence Center: Jyderup, Dänemark
les Sculptures meurent aussi, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France
fade Into You, Herald Street, London
Berlin Box, curated by Friederike Nymphius, CCA Andratx, Spain
Fortescue Avenue, London
Ekblad, Karstiess, Nymphius Projekte, curated by Friederieke Nymphius, Berlin

2009
All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom, curated by Christiane Redake, Artnews Projects. Berlin
Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Nyc
MOMENTUM 2009, 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, FAVORED NATIONS, curated by: Lina Džuverović and Stina Högkvist, Moss, Norway
That Leaf, That Mushroom, Karma International, Zurich
Problem Solving: Express Yourself, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Hubert Mockersdorff, Annen Etage, Dark Fair, Kolnisher Kunstverein, Cologne
Younger than Jesus, curated by Massimiliani Gioni, Laura Hoptman and Lauren Cornell, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC
O' Radical Modern Way of Life. Annen Etage, Oslo
Prose Pour Des Esseintes, Karma International, Zurich
Grave Accent, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris in collaboration with Micky Schubert, Berlin

2008
Dark Continents, curated by Ruba Katrib, MOCA, Miami
Good news for people who love bad news, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Swiss Institute, Nyc
Y2K, TCB Art Inc. Melbourne
Journey To the center of Uranus, Canada, Nyc
Show # 1, curated by Hanne Mugaas, Art Since the Summer of 69, Nyc
Dark Fair, Swiss Institute, NY
Background, PREUS MUSEUM, curated by Jonas Ekeberg
Medium Cool, curated by Hanne Mugaas, Art in General, Nyc
Lights On, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo

2007
The Corny Show, Karma International, Zurich
Robert Smithson, curated by Lina Viste Grønli and Anders Smebye, Fotogalleriet Oslo
Paris Was Yesterday, curated by Hanne Mugaas, Galerie La Vitrine, Paris
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee
C U (on The Other) Side, Bastard, Oslo

2006
The Copy and Paste Show, curated by Hanne Mugaas, Rhizome, New Museum, Nyc
Giving People What They Want, Glassbox, Paris
Fultjacks Blot, curated by Jonas Ohlsson, Raid Projects, Los Angeles
The Early Show, curated by Elysia Borowy, Scott and Tyson Reeder, White Columns, Nyc