On (I mean come on)

Sofia Bäcklund

“On (I mean come on)” consists of 11 sculptures of human size, constructed from welded steel and fabric. The fabric that makes up the surface is dyed in different skin tones and sewn on by hand. The work takes as it’s point of departure my apartment and the shapes of furniture, pots, tub, house plants. Like hollow containers, external hard drives, the sculptures revolve around their own axis but want to connect and reach outside.

The society we live in today, often in apartments like mine, is the result of the shift from nomadic to agriculture and sedentary life. “On (I mean come on)” is made with great interest in this. Another thing that highly influence it is the importance of bags, colour and make-up ever since the earliest history humans. It is about necessity and participation, surface and depth, on and off.

The process of making this work started in 2013 and is still going on, takes a break sometimes and starts over. The high intensity from the welding is stored in the framework and combined with the slow sewing. A first version of the sculpture series was shown in Berlin in 2014. Since then, the sculptures have shed their skins, received new fabric and sometimes been painted. The exhibition at Galleri Box will show a selection of the latest version of the work.

Sofia Bäcklund graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2009. She has had exhibitions at the Centre Pasqu’Art, Wanås Art, Minibar Artist Space etc. In 2013-14 she was an artist in residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and currently she lives in Braunschweig where she participates in the one-year residency program BS Projects working on new sculptures.

Welcome to the opening Reception, Friday 26/8, 6-9 pm!