Katarina Löfström awarded the Blickachsen Prize 2019
The Blickachsen Prize has been awarded every two years since the fourth edition of the Sculpture Biennale in 2003, honouring each time the distinctive artistic approach of one of the exhibition’s younger participants. Since 2015, the award has been endowed by the “Friends of Blickachsen”.
“After careful consideration, the jury ’s decision this year to award the prize to Katarina Löfström was unanimous”, said Blickachsen founder and co-curator Christian K. Scheffel of the Blickachsen Foundation – on behalf, also, of Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell, joint directors of the Wanås Konst Sculpture Park in Sweden, and co-curators of Blickachsen 12, and Peter Murray CBE, director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK, as permanent external jury member.
“Open Source (16:9)”, Katarina Löfström ’s site-specific contribution to Blickachsen 12, shimmers from afar like a giant screen between the trees by the Kurpark pond. Thousands of reflecting sequins hang from a net stretched over a more than five-metre wide aluminium frame in what is nowadays a standard 16:9 video aspect ratio. The sequins move in the wind, each reflecting a small piece of the surroundings, but from a distance they seem like constantly changing pixels on a screen – as if in an endless abstract film featuring the movement of the wind and the changing colours of the surrounding nature.
“Blickachsen has once more attracted huge critical acclaim and continues to make an important contribution to the European art calendar”, says Peter Murray. “The Blickachsen Sculpture Award has a special status and I am very pleased to congratulate Katarina Löfström on receiving the Blickachsen 12 Sculpture Award. Her ingenious use of materials and concern for site and location has resulted in a memorable and poetic installation which enhances our experience of art and nature.“ In her speech, Elisabeth Millqvist paid tribute to the artist’s work: “She is a Swedish artist with a long explorative practice that both challenges and fascinates the viewer. Her works are often poetic and elusive, she lets us make up our own narrative, but creates in her work the conditions for a changed mindset.”
Katarina Löfström was born in Falun, Sweden, in 1970. She went on to study Art in Stockholm and has visited and worked in a number of countries – and also lived in Germany for a year as artist-in-residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Today, she lives and works in Stockholm. Her videos, sculptures and installations have been shown internationally in solo exhibitions, and her works in the outside space have been installed in many places, particularly in her homeland Sweden.
“Open Source (16:9)”, and the Blickachsen 12 exhibition in altogether six locations in the Rhine-Main region, can still be seen until 6 October.
Artists participating in Blickachsen 12:
Hanneke Beaumont, Claudia Comte, Jacob Dahlgren, My Ekman, Elmgreen & Dragset, William Forsythe, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Jeppe Hein, Satch Hoyt, Sofia Hultén, Leiko Ikemura, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Per Kirkeby, Ruud Kuijer, Alicja Kwade, Arik Levy, Katarina Löfström, Ohad Meromi, Nandipha Mntambo, Sirous Namazi, Yoko Ono, A.R. Penck, Leunora Salihu, Sean Scully, Anne Thulin, James Webb, Winter/Hoerbelt, Fredrik Wretman, David Zink Yi.
Detailed information on Blickachsen 12 can be found at www.blickachsen.com.
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The public benefit Blickachsen Foundation, with its seat in Bad Homburg, Germany, was established in March 2013 to oversee the Blickachsen Sculpture Biennale, which it organizes together with the municipality of Bad Homburg, the Kur- und Kongreß-GmbH and the Administration of Public Stately Homes and Gardens in Hessen. The foundation’s aim is to secure the long-term future of the Biennale, and to provide access to contemporary sculpture and installation art to an ever-growing audience in the public space. At the same time, the foundation seeks to promote the evolving cultural attraction of the city of Bad Homburg and the further Rhine-Main region, and to establish the region over time as an international centre for contemporary sculpture. In offering, every two years, a platform for exhibiting the work of both young and established artists from around the world, the foundation seeks both to promote emerging artistic talent, and to heighten popular interest in and appreciation of the most varied currents in three-dimensional art. A lively encounter with contemporary sculpture is stimulated by the diverse range of Blickachsen tours and workshops for children, young people and adults. In addition, the foundation sees itself as a mediator and point of intersection between cultural and educational institutions, supporting the dialogue between artists and museums, as well as between art and scholarship.
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