Andreas Eriksson, Peripeti, 2004 © Andreas Eriksson/BUS 2006. Courtesy Galleri Magnus Åklundh. Some 70 painted and stoneware sculptures. Installation view from the exhibition Peripeti at Galleri Magnus Åklundh, 2004. Photo: Lars Owesson.

Andreas Eriksson

There is a sense of delight and immediacy in Andreas Eriksson’s paintings and art objects. In some works this is expressed in a wild and animated fashion, in others with a calm delicacy and the use of poetic metaphor. Peripeteia belongs to the latter category. The title derives from the theory of Greek tragedy and defines a sudden turning-point where the essence of the narrative is radically changed.

The work is made up of a large number of pottery casts of various light-sources – candelabra, individual candles and the odd torch. Light is to some extent a recurrent element in all his oeuvre, particularly in the paintings. It is also essential for our perception. But the objects in Peripeteia are dysfunctional, completely incapable of fulfilling their aim of illuminating – which provides a radical twist and lends them almost human qualities.

Like all Eriksson’s work, Peripeteia straddles the boundary between painting and sculpture. At times he will even refer to his paintings as sculptures and to his objects as paintings. And it is easy to see what he means: despite the fact that he shifts between various techniques, the nucleus of his work is to be found in the materials used, in their form, in the way they are modelled and in their sensuality. For example, his painting Whose Name is Writ in Colour is not just a portrait of himself as an artist and a flirtation with the self-confident idiom in Willem de Kooning’s painting Whose Name is Writ in Water. It also exemplifies how oil-paint is a medium of infinite possibility, out of which images come into being.

Andreas Eriksson

Born 1975 in Lidköping.
Lives and works in Medelplana [Kinnekulle].


Kungl. Konsthögskolan/ Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Selected solo exhibitions

Peripeti, Galleri Flach, Stockholm

75 X 60, Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö

Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå

Selected group exhibitions

Contemporary Art From Sweden, E.C.B. Frankfurt and Berlin [DE]

Urgent Painting, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris [FR]

Stop for a moment painting as a place to be, Gävle Konstcentrum, Gävle

Selected bibliography

Timothy Elliot, Peripeti, Blå himmel förlag 2005.

Daniel Birnbaum, 360, Blå himmel förlag 2004.

Björn Springfeldt, En andra gång, Blå himmel förlag 2003.

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