Persbo Studio artist-in-residence program offers a unique setting for artists, where they are offered time and space to contemplate and discover new approaches to their work. The Mission is available for stays of up to 2 weeks. Consideration is given to select cultural producers with diverse practices, although those with a sculptural foundation to their practice are favored. The artist in residence facilities are every year getting improved. Persbo Studio can offer space and time for artists to work with thier projects but a stay with the program means sharing all the facilities that Persbo Studio can offer with other artists and the founder. If you are interested to work with a project here please send an letter to the email adress below. As of today the residence is self-funded but there are funding possibilities to apply for. Introductions from artists who wish to make Persbo Studio of their interest in this program are very welcome to make contact.
Persbo Studio welcomed Johan Strandahl as a resident in October, 2014. As part of his residency he created a new piece for the Sculpture Park. Strandahl is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm. His practice includes a variety of techniques and forms that interrogate self sustainability, living off the grid, and designed obsolescence. He often recreates by hand, mass produced cheap consumer goods; not in a quest to make them more precious, but from the basic principle of mastery. His process is that of foundational deconstruction and reconstruction, a method that introduces ruptures in the relationships we have with the manufactured objects that surround us.
Strandahl earned his MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2006. His work has been exhibited in Sweden and internationally including solo shows in Sweden at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm Konst, Petra Lilja Design Gallery in Malmö, Örebro Konsthall and internationally at Telemark Artist Center in Skien, Norway and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Group exhibitions in Sweden have taken place at Norrköpings Museum, Biologiska Museum in Stockholm, OpenART in Örebro, Carl Eldhs Studio Museum in Stockholm, Örebro County Museum, Kalmar Museum, Labyrint 09 at Botkyrka Konsthall in Tumba, Bonniérs Konsthall in Stockholm, the Liljevalchs Spring Salon in Stockholm, Umedalen Sculpture Park in Umeå, Kulturhuset in Stockholm, and Moderna Museum in Stockholm. His work has been seen internationally at Kunsthalle zu Kiel in Germany. Strandahl is represented by Belenius/Nordenhake. His work is held within the following collections: Statens Konstråd, Stockholm County Council, Örebro Municipality, Kalmar Museum, and Botkyrka Konsthall.
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Making of the sculpture The Station