ERIC LENGTH

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Artist statement

I paint landscapes and nature. Or rather visions of nature. With oil, ink and collage, I transfer the topography of memory to the canvas. In my motifs there are elements that, literally, are hard to grasp: skies, light, reflections, water, clouds, mist. They are ephemeral phenomenon in that they are instable or constantly moving. It is the impressions of these things that I am interested in, because they reminds me of the gap between the material and immaterial. I view the human experience as a bridge between those two worlds.

In my art, nature is as much a practice as it is a motif. The paintings are performed in a way that is characteristic of how nature works; in an altering state of dissolution and emergence that follows its own organic logic.

Eric Length, October 2019


'Subdued beauty and doom'

“Against a veil of soot and smoke, the mountains rise like sculpted from the depths of the abyss. It is the topography of myth and primordial time that takes shape at the beginning or the end of the world. There the ground rises oily and black underneath the surface of star dust and ashes.”

“Undeniably, he approaches the sublime, but far rawer than the predecessor of Romanticism. Rather than inviting to hiking, his captivating landscapes tempt with subdued beauty and doom.”

Carolina Söderholm, Sydsvenskan, 170218






Contact

+46 733 42 12 23
eric@length.se


Summary

Eric Length (b. 1980) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden, where he obtained his MFA at Malmö Art Academy in 2011. He has exhibited at renowned galleries and instituions in southern Sweden such as Galleri Ping Pong (Malmö), Arnstedt (Östra Karup) and Tjörnedala Konsthall (Baskemölla). Other exhibitions in Scandinavia include Vita Rosen (Göteborg), Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Stockholm), The Boiler Room (Oslo). Upcoming exhibitions in 2020 are: RAM Gallery (Oslo) and the crypt of Lund Cathedral.


CV

Education

2006 - 2011 BA & MFA, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
2009 Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, Norway
2004 - 2006 Dômen Konstskola, Göteborg, Sweden

Solo and duo exhibitions

2018 Aeon, Kulturhotellet, Helsingborg, Sweden
2017 Galleri Ping Pong, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2015 Wake, duo show with Ida Lennartsson, Galleri Bon, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Gamma Blue, Malmö Showroom, Malmö, Sweden
2013 Wabi-Sabi, duo show with Ida Lennartsson, Gallerie der HFBK, Hamburg, Germany
2013 Presentation at Valentin & Byhr, curated by Nicklas Hultman, Göteborg, Sweden
2012 Vow, The Boiler Room Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2012 7, Vita Rosen, Göteborg, Sweden
2011 Living on Air, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Shtoom, MFA exhibition, KHM Gallery – Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
2010 Dominion, Gallery 21:24, Oslo, Norway
2009 We Were Born With A Tremendous Longing, Pictura Gallery, Lund, Sweden
2007 Fountainhead, Gallery Magnus Åklundh W.I.P., Malmö, Sweden

Group exhibitions

2018 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2017 Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup, Sweden
2017 Pro Cicerone, Little Fingers, Malmö, Sweden
2016 Horisont, Tjörnedala konsthall, Baskemölla, Sweden
2014 Gespenster, SØ, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 We Hate in Order to Survive, Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden
2012 Water, water every where, The Boiler Room Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2012 Death & Taxes, curated by Anders Marius Henriksen at Tidens Krav, Oslo, Norway
2009 Sympathy For The Devil curated by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen and Janne Talstad at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2008 The Beautiful Children, E:vent Gallery at The Wharf Road Project, London, UK

Represented

2016 Region Skåne
2007 The National Public Art Council, Sweden

Grants

2017 Travel stipend, Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
2016 Two year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2016 Malmö City studio grant
2015 Malmö City culture grant
2013 Malmö City studio grant
2013 One year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee