Lovisa Ringborg, Skuggrummet, photography, sculpture, 9 January–15 February 2020
We are pleased to present Lovisa Ringborg’s third solo exhibition as our first show
for 2020. Skuggrummet includes photography, video and sculpture and follows
Ringborg’s solo exhibition at Norrköpings Konstmuseum in 2019.
Working with an intuitive process, Lovisa Ringborg explores a range of emotions
associated with an ambiguous and dreamlike state of mind. The presentation
encompasses two rooms where the first part vaguely points at various rituals. In the
triptych The Washing I-III, draped fabrics and anonymous limbs are soaked in water.
Rituals involving water may offer a way of coping with transitions from one stage to
another: a symbol of rebirth, cleansing or as a final gesture at the end of life. At the
same time, the washing of feet, hands or clothes are also repetitive everyday chores.
The draped fabric in the work Ghost suggests an idea of an icon or an altar piece
oddly detached in a faceless and sombre manner. As in previous works, Ringborg’s
references to Early Modern painting become apparent in this piece where elongated
shapes evoke Late Renaissance Mannerism. On the contrary, Vanishing
Act and Turning Tree express a down-to-earth feeling of immersing yourself in
nature; thus, becoming an invisible part of a greater whole.
The works in the second room focus on a deeper level of consciousness and
emanate from a dreamlike state of mind. In this part of the exhibition Lovisa Ringborg
presents silver gelatin prints, inspired by the idea that we do not seem to experience
colours in deep sleep. In the video work Liquid Moon an amorphic form is projected
on a circular surface, like a slowly changing Rorschach test. Landscape and nature
are recurring themes in Ringborg’s works, often as an expression of ambivalent
feelings. In Portal, an organised garden is surrounded by wild nature; an imaginary
path leading up to a small temple with columns and pediment. Nature seems to close
on the scene where the only way out is through the temple door. What is unknown
and familiar are intertwined in a constant metamorphosis.
The ungraspable rules in the Room of Shadows / Skuggrummet – the evanescent
presence of clarity. As such, the exhibition is a call to the viewer to tune in to another
frequency and to embrace a visual journey into the uncanny and unknown.