Selected works by Ida Ekblad

Ida Ekblad
The L, The LL, The Lapis Lazuli


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.

Ida Ekblad


Concrete, found objects

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


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.
Ida Ekblad


Mixed media

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


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.

Ida Ekblad
To Drink A Glass Of Melted Snow


Oil on canvas

203.5 x 163.5 cm
Ida Ekblad
Missing Pages


Oil on canvas

160 x 130 cm
Ida Ekblad
Organ Invention


Welded steel

190 x 210 x 120 cm
Ida Ekblad
Figurine With Horns


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.’
Ida Ekblad
Tennessee Hills


Welded steel, found object

252 x 72 x 20 cm
Ida Ekblad


Cast concrete and steel

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


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


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

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

Silver Ruins, Fotogalleriet, Oslo


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

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

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

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

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

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