A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES, 2021
now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park
Ida Ekblad's A DEADLY SLUMBER OF ALL FORCES is now part of the collection of the Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway. Hand-painted, this momumental, site-specific sculpture is the largest sculptural work of the artist to date.
Structurally, the work is composed of four parts that are assembled by applying the cubist method of a jigsaw-puzzle-like composition of elements that are outlined in flat surfaces. Ekblad reinvigorates the technique and creates a multi-perspective synthesis of mind and memory. While the cubists most often de- and reconstructed a figurative element, Ekblad mainly uses abstract patterns in her compositions, like the maritime blue and the white Breton stripes which unfold like butterfly wings in the topmost element of the sculpture.
“The mind is inhabited with trillions of pieces and here is where my source material naturally derives from or is being molded; I chop it and pitch it and move it about, turn it inside out, block print it and roll it up. Although it could be old moldy memories or references, I search for a ‘futurism’ of it all. Whether clogged up of dystopian Philip K Dick-esque nightmares or very sweet, sad post-rave after-glow introspective moods. I hope, like William Wordsworth, that my future mind 'Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms'.” – Ida Ekblad
Kistefos Sculpture Park
BOOK OF BOREDOM (group show)
Frieze Sculpture, London
14 September – 13 November 2022
Ida Ekblad will present BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022, during Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, London. The public art exhibition runs alongside Frieze London and Frieze Masters and will be open from 14 September until 13 November 2022.
A monumental, painted sculpture in bronze, BOOK OF BOREDOM, 2022, combines fragments from the artist’s own expressive paintings. Conveying a rich sense of abundance and corporality, the work presents a vibrant composition filled with fragmented, angular patterns and shapes, merging elements of figuration and abstraction.
Melted Snow, 2022 (book launch)
Friday 23 September, 4 – 5 PM
On Friday, 23 September, from 4–5pm, Ida Ekblad will be present at the Kunsthalle Zürich for the book launch of her long-awaited first monograph, Melted Snow, 2022. Encompassing 500 pages, 398 illustrations, three essays, and a conversation with the artist, this publication explores Ekblad's extensive oeuvre and documents her innovative career from 2007 to 2021.
Matthew Barney, Ida Ekblad, Julian Schnabel, Thomas Struth et al.
Solidarity Prints for Artists at Risk
70 artists, including Matthew Barney, Ida Ekblad, Julian Schnabel and Thomas Struth, have come together in a call to support the NGO Artists at Risk. Each artist has donated a print to be offered in an open edition. All sale proceeds will help artists who are impacted by the war in Ukraine to gain safety by facilitating emergency travel, shelter and financial support.
This initiative was organized by Adam Broomberg in partnership with recom ART GmbH & Co. KG. The prints are available for sale here until 30 April.
Artists at Risk
Minigraph: Ida Ekblad in conversation with Joe Bradley (publication)
A Minigraph was published on the occasion of Ida Ekblad's exhibition GIRL FIRES UP STOVE at Kunstnernes Hus. The publication includes a conversation between Ekblad and the American artist Joe Bradley.
"Painting to me works like a secret, like shrouded poetry, it's a container of a very precise language, much more articulate than any language formed by alphabets could ever dream of being." – Ida Ekblad
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Untitled, 2014 featured on the cover of Danish electronic musician Kasper Marott's latest record release
A painting by Ida Ekblad from 2014 is featured on the cover of Danish electronic musician Kasper Marott's latest record release, "My Space".
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OCEAN GIRLS, 2020 featured on the cover of ELLE Norway, Green issue no.5
Ida Ekblad's painting OCEAN GIRLS from 2020 is featured on the cover of ELLE Norway, Green issue no.5.
The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020
now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Ida Ekblad's The Girls Will Bring You Nightmares, 2020 is now part of the collection of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Moderna Museet Stockholm