ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT!
Saturday April 21, 2018 7-10PM.
Eric Magassa (1972) is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Magassa has a rich cultural background and was brought up moving back and forth between Gothenburg and Paris with his Swedish mother and French father from Senegalese and Malian descent. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Magassa studied at Central Saint Martins, London and The Art Students League of New York.
“Eric Magassa’s body of work spans a variety of materials and methods ranging from painting, collage, and print to cinematic sequences and performative camera set-ups. His many years as a DJ built an intimate connection between his image creation and music. A brief glimpse into the Eric Magassa studio reveals inspirational material in the form of ethnographic artifacts, textiles, modernist sculptures, colored pieces of paper, spray paint, color tubes, books, music and snap shots of abstract urban environments reduced to structures, surfaces and compositions. Objects and artifacts that have long lost their meaning are captured and given new contexts. Driven by restlessness, but above all, curiosity, the fragments are used to reinterpret the world. Despite the vast range of sources, an unmistakable aesthetic with visual unity is created.
For Eric Magassa, art is not a representation of an objective view, but a way of understanding and connecting with life. He does this through heightened presence and concentration within a world of perpetual motion. Through the constant flow of images and impressions, his work suggests a holistic worldview, and the possibility of a utopia of diversity, and a world without borders.”
-Translated excerpts from an essay written by Angelica Olsson
This residency is made possible through an ongoing partnership with the Region Västra Götaland, Sweden.
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