Artist: Ida Ekblad
Venue: XYZ collective, Tokyo
Exhibition Title: I’m four years old
Date: March 18 – April 15, 2018
Curated by: Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles/Paris
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of XYZ collective, Tokyo
XYZCollective and Freedman Fitzpatrick are proud to present Ida Ekblad’s first solo exhibition in Asia, I’m four years old.
Put it on record
Italian needle tin
Cigarette card and porch
Nipponophone sleeve details
Vocalion Record and sleeve
Puritan Record and sleeve
Domino Record and sleeve
Etched reverse of one sided record
Indian Record and sleeve
Show off pied piper sales
Sands of time, man and beast,
Golden Pyramid needle tin
Notice on reverse of
Disco Gramophone record and sleeve
Ida Ekblad’s practice incorporates painting and sculpture but also poetry, filmmaking and performance. The Norwegian artist has collaborated with multiple artists and musicians. Her sources of inspiration include artist figures such as Odilon Redon, Joy Orbison, Lina Bo Bardi, the acting of Gena Rowlands and the writing of Haldis Moren Vesaas and Inger Hagerup.
Her high-energy paintings are superabundant, retinal, corporal, pushy and highlight trends and techniques often seen as outdated or even tacky such as puffy paint, rose pattern kitchen towels, run-of-the-mill graffiti, steam punk, b-girl aesthetic or airbrushing. Colors work as both decor and aggressor, forced onto the canvas and combined with the mysterious and druggy poetry of her titles.
A sense of freedom exudes from the vibrant work of Ekblad who dislikes to plan, organize, rationalize or iron things out. Ekblad rather looks for ‘hunchy’ moments of peak eyes, peak ears, peak everything when working.