Collages Nord Sud. Jockum Nordström – Juan Ugalde

From February 7th until March 30th 2013

Nathalie Parienté is glad to present a new exhibition which sets a dialogue between two artists, one from Northern Europe (Jockum Nordström, with his pop-up installation « By and To Jockum », 2011) the other from the South (Juan Ugalde, with pieces done with collage and paint on canvas and produced between 1997 and 2003), both exploring the technique of collage and questioning their links to urbanism, surrealism and poetry.

The work of Jockum Nordström (1963, Stockholm) is currently on show in the frame of an important retrospective exhibition in the LaM Lille Métropole. As one of the introductory texts to the exhibition states:

Jockum Nordström is one of the most renowned Swedish artists of his generation. Among his many sources of inspiration, the artist mentions in particular music -which he plays- and poetry. Architecture is another one, in a minute study of the urban environment of the city of Stockholm, particularly the suburb where he grew up. His style is also based on Swedish popular and scholarly culture, as well as American Folk Art, Art Brut or surrealist-style collages.

His very unique style is mainly based on poor materials like paper or cardboard, developed in a manner that is both naïve and erudite, descriptive and enigmatic.”

The work of Jockum Nordström is featured in the most prominent cultural institutions, such as : Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gotheborg, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles California, USA, Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, The National Public Art Council, Stockholm, Sweden, Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina, USA,…

“By and To Jockum” installation view. Musée National d’Art Moderne Collection, Centre Pompidou, Paris.

View of the installation “By and To Jockum” in the Contemporary Collections, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 4th Level.
Photo ©: Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/ Georges Meguerditchian.

Juan Ugalde (Bilbao, 1958) works on photographs that he enhances with painting and collage on canvas. They are a reflection on contemporary Spain, the deep Spain, the one of locals on their Sunday dresses, bikers on a countryside road, of racegoers and suburbs.

This appropriation of elements from the everyday life is poetically transgressed, often tinted with humour and irony. In doing so, he mistreats the notions of Realism and Surrealism, both of which are pictorial traditions deeply rooted in Spain.

The work of Juan Ugalde is featured in the most prominent Spanish cultural institutions, such as : MNCARS, Madrid, Artium, Vitoria, ACS Collection, Madrid, Banco de España Collection, Banesto Foundation, Madrid, La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Collection of the Basque Government, Madrid, Martínez Guerracabeita, Diputación de Málaga, Coca-Cola Foundation, Madrid, Koldo Mitxelena Collection, San Sebastián, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León MUSAC, León…

Juan Ugalde / Jockum Nordström. Installation views, detail views of the artworks on show.

Exhibition : « Collages Nord Sud. Jockum Nordström – Juan Ugalde », Chez Nathalie Parienté – Plateforme 38 Wilson

38 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris. Visits upon appointment only. Cell : +33 – (0)6 08 54 57 44

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