The Actual Outcome, 2019, steel, plywood, cellular plastic, plaster, linen, wood glue, pulp, pigment, 142 x 161 x 110 cm

Eva Löfdahl »The Remote Commons«

Stockholm , May 06, 2021 - June 19, 2021

Spanning over 40 years Eva Löfdahl’s practice has generated an oeuvre of sculpture, objects, paintings and performance that resist simple linguistic categorisation. Her works can be perceived as challenging and inscrutable while they convey an unerring analytical ability, together with a super-sensitivity for material and spatial concerns.

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Löfdahl’s materials are often unpretentious and close to hand - not infrequently modified everyday objects like plaster, wire rods, magnets, or string. The act of making the work is simultaneously a way to get to grips with its subject and constitutes an attempt to make the abstract and diffuse concrete and graspable by taking the abstraction further.

Her sculptures in fact constitute the materialisation of actual phenomena. While subjects like molecular engineering and probability currents are impossibly complex and abstract for the layman, Löfdahl is interested in their real-world implications and applications. In the early 90’s Löfdahl made a series of works titled Model (“Model M”, “Model B”) which are indeed exactly that - models of proposals and conjecture. Löfdahl’s work can be understood using this literal approach.

In the exhibition the sculpture Cygnus (2021) takes its name from the Greek for swan and is the name of a constellation of stars visible from the northern hemisphere. White swan, black swan, purple swan. A bowing, damaged, lifting spirit. With its wide array of references, the swan is a Pandora’s Box of associations: unexpected events of great consequence, large numbers, immense mass, vast distances, and so on.

The sculpture Dreaming of MOFs (2019) is an interpretation of a molecular structure assembled from rice grains, magnets and sticks in an interface of surface, dynamic and application. MOF stands for the real-world chemical compound Metal Organic Frameworks; an extraordinary porous structure in which a single gram can cover over 7000m2 in surface area, perhaps with the biological analogy in fungal mycorrhizal networks.

The Actual Outcome (2019) takes the form of a model hilly landscape held aloft by an architectural substructure. The work is in fact an uncharacteristically direct reference to a developmental model by the geneticist C Waddington in 1957. Developing out of Löfdahl’s interest in ideas regarding patterns in human thinking and patterns of movement, both resulting in the emergence of paths, Waddington’s introduction of “deep furrows” added a third dimension. In the converging “deep” tracts deviation is very unlikely to happen, whereas in other positions branching is frequent.

Eva Löfdahl was born in 1953 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently lives and works in Stockholm. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Sten A Olsson Culture Prize with an associated exhibition at Göteborgs Konstmuseum. Her work was featured in a large-scale retrospective exhibition at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 2011. In 1995 she represented Sweden at the Venice Biennale. Past solo exhibitions include presentations at Veda, Florence (2018), Lunds Konsthall (2009), Krognoshuset Lund (2004), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2002), and the Kunstraum Düsseldorf (1998), as well as four times at Galerie Nordenhake (most recently in July 2018). She has participated in group exhibitions at Göteborgs Konstmuseum (2019, 2008), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2017, 2006), Malmö konstmuseum, Malmö (2017), Clifford Gallery, Colgate University, New York (2016), Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar (2015), Art in General, New York (2013), Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010), Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm (2005), ARS 95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (1995). Public commissions include Kalender Stadsparken, Lund (2013), The Entrepreneur Monument, Helsinki (2006) and Kalmar stortorg (2003).

Installation view

The Actual Outcome, 2019, detail

The Actual Outcome, 2019, detail

Something Passed, 2018, wood and horse hair, 215 x 7 x 6 cm

Something Passed, 2018, wood and horse hair, 215 x 7 x 6 cm

Untitled, 2021, pigment prints on acid free cotton paper, oak frame, 3 parts - 32 x 25 cm each

Untitled, 2021

Installation view

Händelsernas gång I - III, 2021, watercolor on paper, acrylic glass frame, 3 parts - 38 x 58.5 cm each

Händelsernas gång IV – VII, 2021, watercolor on paper, acrylic glass frame, 4 parts - 38 x 58.5 cm each

Dreaming of MOFs, 2021, rice, metal sticks and magnets, podium: 73 x 148 x 46 cm

Dreaming of MOFs, 2021

Dreaming of MOFs, 2021, detail

Dreaming of MOFs, 2021, detail

Installation view

Cygnus, 2021, mixed media, 44 x 62 x 32 cm

Cygnus, 2021

Cygnus, 2021, detail

Cygnus, 2021, detail

Cygnus, 2021, detail

Cygnus, 2021

Every Insurance, 2018, mixed media, 3 parts - 60 x 80 cm each

Every Insurance, 2018, detail

Every Insurance, 2018, detail

Every Insurance, 2018, detail