11 November 2020
Exhibition: Henning Hamilton and Linda Pederson: 'Jailhouse Rock'
At Arsenalsgatan 3
The exhibition title ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and its signification should perhaps not be entirely associated with Elvis’s rock hit. It refers more to the stones and hills forming our planet, above which we all dwell. The narrative and the figurative sculptures are easily recognizable while at the same time forming metaphors for existential thoughts and possibilities. Here the freedom to interpret reigns. A sculpted flower in wood does not delight a honeybee, only a person.
Henning Hamilton and Linda Pedersen
Henning Hamilton and Linda Pedersen will present their first joint exhibition at Arsenalsgatan 3. The artist-duo have let their beings and creations take over the gallery and we are permitted to step right into their world. It vibrates with life while at the same time, time stands completely still. Lanky flowers gracefully sculpted in wood track their way heavenwards and a train appears to rush across the gallery floor; while the scale, which has almost taken human form, becomes a symbol of the dissonance in the world we live in. Over all this there watches the buttercup, which both sees and lights up, gives life and governs. Hamilton and Pedersen have created a rich and fantasy-filled menagerie, charged with both history, the present and the future. Dream is entwined with reality and the sensitive forming of the wood sculptures, sprung from elm, oak, lime and fir, exist side-by-side with the mechanical and more playfully constructed objects. Hamilton and Pedersen have brought children’s intuitive play into the world of the grown-ups and everything is of the greatest seriousness.
Following their move from the capital earlier this year to the countryside outside Åtvidaberg, Hamilton and Pedersen suddenly found material in their immediate vicinity. The exhibition grew from parts of concrete they cast themselves, assemblies of metal and peculiar objects from abandoned factories, and of course from the availability of wood, the material that is the backbone of the exhibition. ”Jailhouse Rock” radiates a finely tuned sense of otherworldliness paired with the ingenious humour that resonates in all of Hamilton’s & Pedersen’s oeuvre.
Henning Hamilton (born 1987 in Göteborg) lives and works in Falerum. He has previously participated in exhibitions at Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; Tatjana Pieters, Ghent; Carl Kostyál, Stockholm and at Issues, Stockholm. In 2019 he took part in the Launch Pad LaB Art Residency Program.
Linda Pedersen (born 1987 in Göteborg) lives and works in Falerum. She received her artistic education at, among other institutions, the Camberwell College of Art in London and at Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan. She has a B.A. from the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Pedersen has earlier had solo exhibitions at the BOY Art Gallery, Bollebygd, the Loyal Gallery, Stockholm and at the Vita Rosen Gallery, Göteborg. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions; at Xetmuseet, Botkyrka; Thielska Galleriet, Stockholm; Kamarade, Falsterbo; Bonniers Art Gallery, Stockholm; the Deitch Project, New York; Galleri Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm; Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, and Galleri Thomassen, Göteborg, to mention a few,