In search of the essence of the grid
Claesson Koivisto Rune
10 January – 9 February 2019
Opening Reception Thursday January 10th at 16:00 - 20:00
Artist talk Saturday February 2nd at 14:00
Cocktail Thursday February 7th at 16:00–20:00
GALLERI FAGERSTEDT proudly presents Claesson Koivisto Rune´s first exhibition in the gallery. The exhibition FACIEM – in search of the essence of the grid* present their first exhibition of artwork and it is the European premiere of the work. The exhibition was previously shown at Gallery 360° in Tokyo, October 2017, Sfera Gallery in Kyoto, January 2018 and the inde / jacobs gallery in Marfa, May 2018.
The artworks featured in the Faciem series are derived from the architects/artists Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune´s passion, discussions, research and experience of architecture after close to a quarter of a century in the profession. They have selected and interpreted what they consider to be the twelve best skyscraper façades around the world, f e Lever House / Skidmore, Owings, Merrill, Bunshaft, Seagram Building / Mies van der Rohe and Bibliotéque National de France / Perrault, and then abstracting the image of the façades into something other than architecture. Each image is made up of hundrereds of layers of details created as computer graphic and printed in small editions of highest archival quality. The exhibition emphasizes the influences of art in architecture and vice versa. Claesson Koivisto Rune are deeply interested in minimalistic abstract art as well as they are deeply rooted in the modernistic movement in architecture.
"Architecture is not art and art is not architecture. But it is possible to find art in architecture and architecture in art. Or put in another way: It’s easy to imagine that architects Mies van der Rohe or Oscar Niemeyer would have been influenced by the works of artists Agnes Martin or Carl Andre. Or, indeed, the other way around."
"The grid is all about repetition, proportions and artistic sensibility. The face of the skyscraper is its façade. This is something other than that which it is typically recognized for: its awe-inspiring height and poise."
From the accompanying book - Claesson Koivisto Rune: Faciem
Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design.
As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for acclaimed projects such as the inde / jacobs Gallery building in Marfa, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Tind Prefab house collection, Widlund House on Öland, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto, Nobis Hotel in Stockholm and Zander K Hotel in Bergen.
*Faciem was created during October 2016 - September 2017 by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune with the assistance of Linnea Freij, Oliver Cap, Patrick Coan, Oliver Cap, and Joel Nilsson-Fjällström.