This Autumn Kvadrat will present the art installation Untitled ( WHAT? WHEN, WHY, WHO? ) by Swedish artist Karl Holmqvist, who has been invited to engage with the world of textiles and the spaces of our Ebeltoft headquarters.
As part of the commission Karl Holmqvist designed the customized textile ‘Verpan’ featuring six variations of word-based patterns. These create a sculpture composed of twenty-seven cubes, which can be randomly placed creating varying combinations of words.
On the occasion of the launch the 13th of September, Karl Holmqvist will present a spoken word performance based on readings of his own poetry, video and sound – in collaboration with the artists FOS and Ida Ekblad.
About Karl Holmqvist
Karl Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats–poetry readings, installation, and sculpture–to bring out the primal qualitiesof language. He is one of a current generation of artists working with language and text as a sculptural or performative material. His aim is to spark the creative process in the viewer, seeing his art and poetry as a translation of the complexities of contemporary life. He blends poetry with pop music and his texts, composed of anecdotes as famous as they are diverse, explore the theme of communication and language.
Holmqvist’s recent one-person exhibitions include Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva, Indipendenza, Rome (with Klara Liden), Kunstverein Braunschweig (with Klara Liden), Power Station, Dallas and Camden Arts Centre, London. He has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2011, and Performa, New York in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he received the Arthur Köpke Memory Fund Award.
Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s design tradition. Kvadrat continuously works to expand the aesthetic, technological, and artistic boundaries of the use of textiles through a long series of collaborations with some of the world’s best designers, architects, and artists, including Tord Boontje, Miriam Bäckström, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Akira Minagawa, and Peter Saville. Art projects include Pipilotti Rist at New Museum, New York (2016); Philippe Parreno at Tate Modern, London (2016); Joana Vasconscelos, AroS, Aarhus (2016); Goshka Macuga at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); Jesper Just at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Shilpa Gupta at
la Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); Günther Vogt and Olafur Eliasson at Your Glacial Expectations, Kvadrat Headquarters, Ebeltoft (2012); and Thomas Demand at Städel Museum’s Metzler Hall, Frankfurt (2011). From 2015, Kvadrat has been collaborating with South into North for the curatorial development of the company’s art strategy.