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11.10.09 | Comment?

Conversations
An exhibition at Modtar Projects by Andreas Emenius & Patrik Pettersson
Emenius/Pettersson have created a borderless platform on which playful, yet precise exercises have morphed and been dissected. It all started with a heated discussion about design, art, science and aesthetics. This developed into a project that, at its very core, revolves around the phenomenon of conversation and argument, and ended in a revelation about territory.
The table – an object around which people meet to discuss and resolve issues – became the iconic starting point for the project. By deconstructing the notion of a table, Emenius/Pettersson have transformed an everyday object into an abstract set of modules.
“Conversations” is a project that has spurred from the dualism represented not only by the different vocational backgrounds of an artist and a product designer, but also by their different ethnical and social backgrounds. Based on this cross-disciplinary framework, Emenius/Pettersson have discussed, examined and experimented with materials, visual expression and production techniques.
“Conversations” has been supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Art and Culture programme (Kultur Kontakt Nord).
Andreas Emenius
Swedish Andreas Emenius (1973) universe unfolds between the rules of science - between the strict, defined and controlled, and its opposites, the abstract, chaos, the uncontrollable and undefined. A dualism that shows how he perceives the surrounding world. The real meets the unreal, control meets chaos in work that, as an amplifier, speaks loud about human conditions and situations, and the need to make the impalpable palpable as well as to create systems and put chaos into order - both the close and concrete and the big and unexplainable.
Since graduating in 1999 from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, Andreas Emenius has worked in diverse media such as sculpture, painting, textile, film, photography, sound, performance, and installation work. In 2007 Emenius began a series of artistic collaborations with Henrik Vibskov, ‘The Fringe Projects’, ten project so far exhibited in Paris, Copenhagen, New York, Milan, Zurich, Rotterdam, and latest at Zeeuws Museum, the Netherlands. The exhibition is accompanied by a 144pages catalogue, published by Episodes publishers.
For further information please visit: www.andreasemenius.com
Patrik Pettersson
Patrik Pettersson quit his day job as a business lawyer to study design at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. He was awarded magazine Elle Interiör’s special honour grant for his graduation exhibition titled “The experiment as the basis for the design process” (2004). After graduating Patrik worked for renowned architect Eero Koivisto and designer Monica Förster and set up his own design studio in 2005. Since then he has worked with both commercial and artistic projects, for clients such as Habitat, the Cullberg Ballet, Playsam and Lintex. He has also participated in several exhibitions around Europe, including Salone Satellite in Milan, Helsinki Design Week, Paris Maison & Objet, Liljevalchs Konsthall (Formbart) and Stockholm Furniture Fair. For further information please visit www.patrikpettersson.com
Nordic Culture Point
A new framework for Nordic art and cultural co-operation was set up in 2007 under the “Nordic Culture Point” programme. The institution was established in 2007 at Sveaborg in Helsinki under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Art and Culture programme focuses on activities aimed at production and teaching as well as development of competencies, criticism and the sharing of knowledge within the field of culture. For further information please visit www.kknord.org


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