New works by Carl Johan Högberg - including a sports bar!
In his first solo exhibition in Norway, Swedish artist Carl Johan Högberg presents a new body of paintings that probe the relationship between physical activity, digital media circulation and the traditions of painting. These paintings will be shown in an environment designed and built by the artist, which includes a functional bar called the Bob’s Your Uncle Sports Bar.
This bar is hosted in collaboration with the original Bob’s Your Uncle Bar, conceived by artist Robert Wilhite and located at the Amsterdam Kunstverein. For the duration of the exhibition the Bob’s Your Uncle Sports Bar will host events on Thursday nights simultaneously with events organized at the original Bob’s Your Uncle bar.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a book titled Shuttlecock, featuring contributions by the artist and texts by Aaron Schuster and Anthea Buys.
Carl Johan Högberg, (1979, Eskilstuna, Sweden) lives and works in Amsterdam. His paintings and installations acquire their meaning from the means by which he shuffles and reassembles individual components, re-contextualizing the source material to generate new connections and relationships – reminding us that there are countless ways to interpret a story, a legend or, for that matter, a painting. By juxtaposing pre-existing images and removing their original context Högberg opens up new associations, and the original narrative loses ground to a new tale of the human quest for intimacy, youth, and health.
Recent exhibitions include The Black Moon at Palais de Tokyo (FR, curated by Sinziana Ravini), Transposed Order at IASPIS (SE, curated by Helena Holmberg) and Carl Johan Högberg at Galleri Christian Larsen (SE). In 2010 he was awarded the Dutch painting prize Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst.