Andréhn-Schiptjenko – Sixten Sandra Österberg – Time of nothingness ; Everything Happens – March 04 to April 29, 2023 – Linnégatan 31 – Open Tue. to Fri. 11-18.00, Sat 12-16.00
ABOUT the artist
Sixten Sandra Österberg (b. 1990) resides and works in Stockholm. She graduated in 2022 with an MFA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and holds a BFA from Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts. She has also completed an exchange year at the Vienna Academy of the Arts. Her solo exhibitions include Konstnärshuset in Stockholm and CFHILL, Stockholm, as well as group exhibitions at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Improper Walls, Vienna and Accelerator, Stockholm.
ABOUT the exhibition
Sixten Sandra Österberg’s painting is characterized by a representation of bodies taking form on the canvas, but also losing their form as they pulsate between realism and abstraction. Realistically depicted environments dissolve into fragmentary stillness and explosive discharges of paint. This creates a complex duality where the different modes of expression together form an enigmatic world to decipher. Detailed portraits of people from various subcultures, mainly queer, float in and on layers of paint – giving space for other, not always given, expressions and gestures.
The exhibition title refers to the process of the actual creation of the paintings and each of its meticulous stages. There is a suggested connection here between the methodical execution of the paintings and the still course of events in the works. They invite us to a moment of silence and are an act of resistance both in terms of technique and motifs. The exhibition highlights the stillness of real and imaginary lives, moments that are essential but without quantifiable value. Non-productivity might be associated with indolence and being at rest here becomes a protest against the contemporary mindset of rewarding productivity.
Sixten Sandra Österberg’s aesthetic is marked by a form of “non-practice” or deviation from established rules for depiction. Instead of a face, the viewer might encounter a back or merely a fragment of a hand. In her unique world of images, Sixten Sandra Österberg creates a kind of hybrid painting with its own colouration and gaze in relation to the technical possibilities of painting to influence the resulting expression.
ABOUT the gallery
Since its inception in 1991 Andréhn-Schiptjenko has consistently been committed to working on an international arena and to the long-term representation of emerging and established contemporary artists from all over the world working with painting, sculpture, photography, film and digital media as well as installation-based and site-specific work.
With a profound interest in exhibition as form, the gallery has presented shows that have become seminal, successfully launching the careers of Scandinavian artists such as Cajsa von Zeipel, Gunnel Wåhlstrand, Annika von Hausswolff and Matts Leiderstam, and giving artists such as Uta Barth, Cecilia Bengolea, José León Cerrillo, Martín Soto Climent, Ridley Howard, Tony Matelli, and Xavier Veilhan their first European or Scandinavian one-person exhibition. In recent years the gallery has also exhibited work by deceased artists such as Francesca Woodman and Siri Derkert, successfully renewing critical and public interest in their work.
Having established itself as one of the leading galleries in Scandinavia, the gallery enjoys privileged relationships with museums and collectors and is also involved in projects in the public space. In 2019 the gallery moved to a new space in the center of Stockholm and as way of expanding the gallery’s international scope in a more permanent way also opened a second space in Paris, allowing for a closer relationship with the gallery’s international network.
Andréhn-Schiptjenko has for soon three decades participated in international art fairs – Art Basel, Independent New York and Brussels, CHART Copenhagen, Material Art Fair Mexico City and FIAC Paris. It is owned and directed by Ciléne Andréhn and Marina Schiptjenko, both with a long history of being active in the art world beyond the gallery, as selection committee-members of art fairs and board members of institutions and the Swedish National Gallery Association.