Contemporary Sculpture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden
Published by Hatje Cantz.
Text by Milena Hoegsberg, Cecile Høgsbro Østergaard, et al.
Skulptur includes exceptional work by 17 contemporary sculptors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden who were selected by the Royal British Society of Sculptors, London. From performance to object-based, video and installation art, their work embraces sculptural aspects and challenges notions of the Nordic in its refreshing diversity. While Elmgreen & Dragset provocatively hold up a mirror to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, Sigurdur Gudjónsson creates immersive sound and video installations of the vast, barren Icelandic landscapes and seascapes. Swedish artist Michael Johansson gives the façade of the historic Royal British Society of Sculptors a "facelift," while Norwegian performance artist Karianne Stensland uses a pneumatic drill to carve marble while in a hypnotic state. Included are essays on contemporary sculptural practice from each of the five countries. Among the participating artists are: Nanna Abell, Jacob Dahlgren, Elmgreen & Dragset, Sigurdur Gudjónsson, Marianne Hall, Timo Heino, Michael Johansson, Otto Karvonen, Tove Kjellmark, Anne Koskinen, Mariken Kramer, Maija Närhinen, Gudrun Nielsen, Laila Pullinen, Karianne Stensland, Hartmut Stockter and Jarno Vesala.