Tabernacle, soloshow 2015, Katrine Helmersson at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm

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Andréhn-Schiptjenko proudly presents Tabernacle, Katrine Helmersson’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The opening takes place on Thursday, October 1, 5-8 pm.

In her exhibition, Helmersson presents sculptures in varying materials, ranging from fabric, rose bush, plaster and earthenware to copper, silver and oak tree. With her very precise craft, Helmersson shapes a common mythological heritage. The seemingly disparate sculptures are joined in an ethnographic surrealism (a concept coined by the historian and anthropologist James Clifford).

The exhibition consists of several new works, among which the sculpture Amulets, a cylinder, the inner of which is covered with reliefs against the evil eye. Helmersson’s interest in ritual art and animism is evident here as well as in Ziarat, a sculpture whose centre consists of an oak trunk. The four-meter high work is decorated with mouths in silver, bronze and iron and this organic sculpture effortlessly oscillate between origin and present.

Katrine Helmersson has commented on the title of the show in the following way: ”In the title Tabernacle I see an accordance with the gallery space. The exhibition is my nomadic tent, my dwelling, where my works surround me.”

In 2014 Katrine Helmersson had a solo exhibition at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm that received unanimous critical acclaim. The exhibition then travelled on to Norrköping Art Museum, where Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté was also invited. Furthermore, Katrine Helmersson’s works has been recently exhibited at the Carl Eldh Studio Museum in Stockholm and at Sculpture at Pilane Heritage Museum on the island Tjörn, Sweden. Internationally she has exhibited at Dak´Art OFF in Dakar, Senegal in 2012 and at Festival sur Le Fleuve Niger, Segou, Mali in 2014, to mention a few venues.

Katrine Helmersson graduated from the Royal Institute of Art, the sculpture programme, in 1990. She was an exchange student at the College of Fine Arts Baroda in India in 1988 and is represented in collections such as the Public Art Agency, Sweden, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum, Norrköping Art Museum, Uppsala Art Museum and Västerås Art Museum. Public commissions include Linköping University, Umeå University and the Government Offices of Sweden.

Katrine Helmersson currently holds the Royal Institute of Art’s one year studio grant at the Sergel studio at Cité des Arts in Paris.

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