Michael Johansson is a Swedish installation artist who takes OCD tendencies to the next level with his real-life Tetris sculptures. His passion for ordinary and useless things organized into exceptionally good-looking piles makes most neat-freaks look like the biggest slobs. Johansson is obsessed with irregularities and coincidences between to disparate objects which may only be linked by a common color or a shape.
Johansson’s precisely stacked sculptures made from ordinary objects like old computer screens, keyboards, cars and suitcases, are installed both inside the gallery and jammed into site-specific spaces.
Swedish illustrator and graphic artist who’s based in Barcelona Klas Ernflo has produced a diverse field of graphic projects – both independently as for clients. All of the artist’s projects show his incredible sense for colors and patterns. His most recent project is highly impressive. Consisting of 18 separate boards, Ernflo created a large work showing his signature organic forms, a wonderful sense of humor and tremendous colors.
Using ink and oil paints gives them a sense of craft and technique that allows us room to appreciate the subtlety and graceful nature of each form individually. This consideration for each character makes it even more impressive when they come together in one magnificent tapestry of shapes and symbols.
A song that doesn’t really sound like anything that The Tallest Man on Earth is known for, but a beautiful, simple electric guitar strum and some of his most elegant lyrics, this may be the Swedish singer-songwriters best song. Enjoy.
Photos by Patrik Lindell, from Erland Brand’s exhibition at the Konstakademien in Stockholm from early 2011. As the museum explains, translated from Swedish by Google, “The wallpaper surrounds the work of the old Erland Brand: dreamed-of trips in an entropically disappearance of the universe. A gigantic archive of dead and living languages. A manic work without beginning or end.”
One of our favorites, whom we have written about on TCR many times, is Swedish artist EKTA, who both in abstract, portrait, and mural techniques, makes stunning contemporary works. We just saw a few pieces that the artist posted on their site… and of course, we want them.
We love it when a video game animator has the illustration and sketchbook chops such as Swedish artist, Mattias Adolfsson. These are brilliant. Like a mix between Blu and James Jean with better air at the North Pole. (via)
Swedish design team From Us With Love put together this 91 bulb light installation. Each bulb is housed in its own 24K gold housing and is controlled by is own individual dimmer. We are not exactly sure what room this would work in, but it looks like tons of fun to play with…
According to Erika Sandow at Umeå University, Swedish lovers will be breaking up in no time if they continue to travel long distance commutes to work. Commuters’ relationships are 40% more likely to end than others – something along the lines of dissatisfaction with life/being too exhausted and stressed out to spend time with one another after that long drive to and from their jobs. Sounds like an average marriage to me?
This is just one of those artists, Robyn that is, that everyone was talking about this year and we just didn’t want to believe the hype, and now we believe the hype, because said Swedish pop-star is pretty damn poppy and fun.