April 6th, 2018

Ida Ekblad at XYZ collective

Ida Ekblad at XYZ Collective

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

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Ida Ekblad at XYZ Collective

Ida Ekblad at XYZ Collective

Ida Ekblad at XYZ Collective

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of XYZ collective, Tokyo

Press Release:

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

Lac insects

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

Lyric Sleeve

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Her high-energy paintings are superabundant, retinal, corporal, pushy and highlight trends and techniques often seen as outdated or even tacky such as puffy paint, rose pattern kitchen towels, run-of-the-mill graffiti, steam punk, b-girl aesthetic or airbrushing.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.

Link: Ida Ekblad at XYZ collective

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