Bio

 

Andreas Sjöstrand is a Swedish contemporary artist. His earlier work was mainly through the medium of meticulous abstract and figurative drawings. These invite the viewer to expand, allowing order to emerge. His work depicts aspects of consciousness, existence, and the vast forces of the cosmos, space, and time.


Born in Haga, Gothenburg, Sweden, Andreas earned an MFA from the School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, Sweden 2010.


In 2020, Andreas debuted his first solo exhibition which included his first solo performance exploring the intersection between drawing and performance. Also in 2020, he began working on a complex installation piece investigating how the personal, social, and legal structures surrounding dying can shine a light on our disharmonious relationship with death and nature.

Artist statement

I stand in awe and celebration of the unfathomable mystery of my own - and human - consciousness and the very existence of anything at all. I carry a deep fascination with the vastness of the cosmos, time, and space.


Drawn to concepts that bridge these worlds, coexistence of chaos/order and complexity/simplicity, I try to make sense of and merge the scientific and spiritual.


Awe-inspiring ideas and concepts, as well as emotions that need addressing trigger images in me. Thoughts fall short, other means of exploration take me further into the understanding of the ineffable. I'm fascinated with the body and its anatomy. Be that in drawing or lesser-known domains such as installation, performance, or other.

In my drawings, I set purpose and rules that dictate my movements and (try to) let go of my conscious self and its desire to alter it on superficial grounds. And I give it time, time to go deep. It serves, among other things, as a comment on and a personal grounding from the ailments of today's society.


Agnes Denes, Hilma af Klint, and Marina Abramovich are among the artists who currently inspire me.


My deep hope is that what comes out of my explorations can resonate at some level, even if your journey differs from mine. Our worlds and filters of reality are as diverse as we are people on this planet.

Yours - in aweness of life and the universe

Andreas

Artist CV

 

Born 1984 in Haga - Gothenburg

www.sjostrandart.se - andreas@sjostrandart.se

 

EDUCATION

  • 2008 - 2010 - MFA, Gothenburg School of Design and Crafts, Sweden.

  • 2005 -2008 - BSc, Chalmers School of Technology Gothenburg, Sweden.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2021 - NoSphereArts, NYC, USA. 

  • 2021 - Elis Corner (Cafe), Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2017 - Taket Spring Show, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2015 - En Deli (Cafe), Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2010 - “Selected by Formex”, Stockholm, Sweden. Chosen as one of the top ten master’s theses.

  • 2010 - Röhsska Design Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2009 - Art Territory Exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • 2009 - Credo Arts, Fontevraud, France.

 

PERFORMANCE

  • 2021 - Boundaries of self, short duration, Mothership Saloon, New York, USA.

  • 2021 - Boundaries of self, long duration, NoSphereArts, New York, USA.

  • 2020 - Linescapes of imperfection, A&K Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2018 - The Summoning Of The Black Unicorn, Borderland, Danmark.

 

COURSES AND RESIDENCIES

  • 2022 - Draw International residency, 8 weeks Caylus, France.

  • 2021 - Mothership residency, 6 weeks, NYC, USA.

  • 2009 - Art territory residency, 4 weeks, Vilnius, Lithuania.

  • 2009 - Ceramic course in sand casting, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2009 - Nowi folk art design workshop, Poland. A collaboration between craftsmen and designers.

  • 2009 - Credo Arts and Design Workshop, Fontevraud, France.

PUBLIC ART

  • ​2021 - Painting and projection Mural, commissioned by Trafikverket, Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • 2009 - Location specific art for children’s hospital, Vilnius, Lithuania.

MEDIA

SELECTED AWARDS

  • 2009 - Markslöjd Light Prize, First prize for innovative lamp design.

  • 2009 - Bombay Sapphire Design Awards Sweden Top three.

 

GRANTS

  • Västra Götalandsregionens grant for artist residence abroad.