I’ve had the good fortune of seeing the vast majority of artists whose work I admire in person with one exception.
I’ve been wanting to see the work of Karin Mamma Andersson for a long time.
I decided to stop by the new Nordic Museum as I had an appointment in Ballard and realized the museum stays open late on Thursdays (until 8pm).
The current temporary exhibit is Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed.
Their website promises “Olafur Eliasson, Bjarne Melgaard, Jesper Just, Kim Simonsson, and Cajsa Von Zeipel” which I was curious to see. An interesting assortment of current Scandinavian artists.
Unbeknownst to me though upon turning the corner of the first exhibit room there she was, a pleasant surprise.
Karin Mamma Andersson, Behind the Curtain, 2014
A tiny work, but very much hers. I am not sure if I let out an audible gasp in the gallery as I was so awed to see it.
Behind the Curtain detail
You might ask what is it about her work I like so much? What draws me in?
I get a very specific sense of place from her pieces, a setting I tend to want to be in. They feel like they are coming from a very interior, contemplative point of view. I appreciate she can mine something out of everyday domestic activities that gives you pause. Here are a few of my favorites:
Side note – If I was feeling particularly stealth this year, I would fly to Cincinnati this fall as Mamma Andersson has a new exhibit of paintings there in their Contemporary Arts Center in a show titled Memory Banks (October 05, 2018 through February 10, 2019).
Alas, the world has other plans for me.
I hadn’t been to the new Nordic building yet (it just opened in May) which turns out is gorgeous.
FYI – The temporary contemporary exhibit is up through September 16, which means tomorrow is your last chance (the museum is open 10a-5p on Sundays).
Olafur Eliasson, The Island Series, 1997
Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed installation view
Poul Gernes, Denmark, 1965
Karin Mamma Andersson is a Stockholm based artist, married to painter Jockum Nordström. You can see more of her work at David Zwirner, New York.
Jockum Nordström and Karin Mamma Andersson