Ride 1, Ride 1;1, 2005 © Ride 1/BUS 2006. Courtesy Brändström & Stene. Interior installation
Installation view Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö
Malmö Art Museum.


Ride 1 is an ongoing collaboration between the artists Ronny Hansson, Jonas Kjellgren and Stig Sjölund. The project was presented for the first time at the Ping Pong gallery in Malmö in 2004 with an exhibition consisting of a large format photograph, in which the three artists posed with chains and baseball bats, along with a small stylised red and blue Ferris wheel with only one seat.

Since the seat was attached to the wheel, it followed its rotation, which meant that the passenger hung upside down for a while, strapped in by a safety-belt with no means of getting out. A ride on the wheel created a feeling that was both pleasurable and unpleasant which says much about Ride 1.

Much of the art from the 1990s onwards aims to create inter-relationships and turn the viewer into a co-creator It is frequently driven by a democratic pathos and expresses a form of social critique. Ride 1 breaks with that tradition. The democratic component disappears to some extent when the artists appear to invite participation and interaction but actually place the viewer in situations they might not have entered voluntarily. The project can be seen as a critique of politically correct art, and the photograph in which the three artists are presented as violent assailants then becomes an unmistakable warning as to their real intentions.

Ride 1 (Ronny Hansson, Jonas Kjellgren, Stig Sjölund)

Ride 1

Ronny Hansson

Born 1962 in Uddevalla.
Lives and works in Nyköping.


Konsthögskolan/ Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå

Jonas Kjellgren

Born 1962 in Gävle.
Lives and works in Torsåker.


Konsthögskolan/ Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå

Stig Sjölund

Born 1955 in Timrå.
Lives and works in Stockholm.


Konstfack/ University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm

Solo exhibitions

Galleri Brändström & Stene, Stockholm

Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö

Group exhibitions

POPULISM, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius [LT]

Vid regnbågens slut, Tumba bruksmuseum, Stockholm


Lars Bang Larsen, POPULISM, (utst.kat./exh. cat.), Berlin, 2005.

Rikard Ekholm, www.ride1.org, 2005.

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