BHP | QSPA
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Last Saturday a truly Scandinavian printmaking exhibition opened in Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde: the second stop of the biennal art prize "The Queen Sonja Print Award". Fitting that a printmaking award given out be the Norwegian queen stops over at the swag domicile of a former Swedish prince, before making its final stop at the Scandinavian House in NYC April 2015.
Queen Sonja of Norway is apparently an avid print enthusiast and decided the medium needed a little support, which in case of the QSPA is a whooping 400.000,- NOK (61.990,- USD) and a resideny at Atelje Larsen here in Sweden. The award is (partly?) financed by the proceedings of Queen Sonja’s print portfolio, which is pretty awesome in itself.
Going through the images left to right top to bottom, apologies for the bad quality and the fucking reflections, almost all the works were behind glass. While it might not like it, the exhibition is hanged well, the space nice and lofty.
1. Great designed flyer / booklet. None of them ended up at the art academy, which I hope we can remedy. The regular Waldemarsudden crowd is well beyond retirement age, so an infusion of young blood might do the space good.
2. Minako Masui, a japanese expat living in Sweden since the 60s. Etchings with what looks like selective wiping or really intriguing etching, on rolls of mould made paper. Printed at Atelje Larsen in 2005, if I’m not mistaken. Better images of the works here: http://www.minakomasui.com/gallery/figurationgreen/index.html
3. Adam Saks, woodcuts printed at Atelje Larsen. I saw these prints at the Art Fair this spring, can’t remember if I blogged about them then.
4. Lino cuts by this year’s award winner Svend-Allan Sørensen. Series is titled “Hey Ho Thoreau”, printed in a edition of 10, very dark green on cream paper.
5. Did you know there was a litho shop on the Faroe Islands? Or rather, do you even know where the Faroe Islands even are? There’s litho there, and they did Svend-Allan’s large photocopy-transfer portraits. More on their website:
6. Tuula Lehtinen! Yours truly printed these in Tampere last year, together with co-printer Tiina. It was really great to meet Tuula again and see the prints outside of the studio.
7. Details of inkjet/intaglio hybrids by Tuula Lehtinen, also through BHP hands.
8. Tiina Kivinen was also part of the exhibition, as the first recipient of the QSAP in 2012, and in this year’s jury for the price. Seeing her mezzotints is always a great pleasure.
9. Annu Vertanen’s intriguing colour woodcuts, the photo really does the print no justice. I’m thiniking some of you might really enjoy her works. I’m looking at you, dellpesce.
10. Elina Sipilä, a Finnish printmaker I didn’t know before - her lithographs in this show were printed at Idem in Paris (you’ve all seen the b/w Lynch movie). I’m a big fan of printing the entire stone, so those were great to see.
After the opening I hung out at the Finnish table a bit, Annu being the true Fin with approx 2 words per hour, Tiina left her heels under the table while we were about to leave, she’s got a thing with feet and printmaking anyway, so that was very fitting, but otherwise it was mostly Tuula, Elina, Svend-Allan and me doing the talking, about printmaking and sauna, ofc.
Tying to say: if in Stockholm go check out this show, open until January 17th, 2015. Also in the show but not pictured / mentioned above: Hugleikur Dagsson, Cathrine Dahl & Orjan Aas, Valgerdur Hauksdottir, Ane Mette Hol, Vappu Johansson, Mikael Kihlman and Daniel Milan.
There are a couple of things that should maybe be discussed, such as the fact that we still have royalty in this age we’d like to be the age of reason, or that the jury also consisted of Ole Larsen of aforementioned printshop who quite possibly might profit from having one or more of “his shop’s" artists in the show, something future iterations of the prize might want to avoid.. (Also in the jury was Rasmus Urwald, 2nd generation printer at Edition Copenhagen (check out their amazing insta!) but I couldn’t find any of the selected artists among their list of collaborations, aka mad printmaking knowledge but less direct affiliations).
But this text is already wall-of-texting your dash pretty bad, so I’ll keep it “short”.
Thanks to denisefragner for the reminder that fatima al quadiri exists.