INGER – Optical Illusions
Homage to Inger Ekdahl
Inger Ekdahl (1922-2014) was an artist and Swedish pioneer in spontaneous painting during the middle of the 20th century. In many of her later paintings and sculptures she worked with optical illusions and prismatic effects. Ekdahl often worked from home and used, among other things, a vacuum cleaner as an aid in the production of her works. Inger Ekdahl has become more known for a larger audience and placed in an international context after her death.
There is a clear relationship between Jenny Nordberg and Inger Ekdahl’s work including methods that are both strict and controlled parallel with random elements and effects. The collection “INGER – Optical Illusions” consists of two objects that both generate rainbow phenomenons. One solar powered and the other one electrically powered. In the same way that Ekdahl worked in a home environment, Nordberg has developed a kind of home-adapted production line for the final surface treatment of the rainbow makers. The process is relatively controlled but also has some indeterminate elements.
“INGER – Optical Illusions” are designed during 2018 on behalf of Ystad Art Museum.
Photos by Korta Ben.
18.10.11 Permanent mirror installation at Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
18.03.23 Most Common Element at Obra
Most Common Element opens at Obra the 23rd of March. Most welcome! Yes there will be live welding.
Stora Varvsgatan 12-14
Wed. Thu. Fri. 12.00 –16.00 Saturdays 13.00 –16.30
18.01.18 FLUID ADD-ONS at stockholmmodern
FLUID ADD-ONS is Jenny Nordberg’s first solo exhibition in Stockholm. Together with stockholmmodern she is showing a new series of large mirrors, big candle holders in cast glass and a new experiment with pewter mirrors. Nordberg’s practice is deeply rooted in an exploratory relation to manufacturing processes with a specific interest for two parameters – the uncontrollable and the ultra standardised. These aspects might be seen as two opposites but are for Nordberg closely linked in the way that something or someone other than her is making decisions.
Open 18/1 – 3/3 at stockholmmodern Rödbotorget 2, Stockholm
- Jenny Nordberg
- FLUID ADD-ONS_Jenny Nordberg:stockholmmodern 2018
Nordberg’s fascination for the ultra-standardised is materialised in the BRICK series. Casted glass bricks with the exact measurements of old traditional bricks are composed into sculptural candle holders.
Besides the traditional dimensions of the bricks nothing else is standard – the BRICK series is hand casted in a small Italian glass foundry and patiently assembled in Sweden.
The Bricks series is designed for Swedish Ninja.
The Open series for Minus Tio consists of three sculptural objects for storage.
When developing the Open series designer Jenny Nordberg looked for manufacturers who where willing to work with preexisting tools instead of making new ones for these particular objects. This approach was a deliberate strategy to contribute to a more open-source-like mindset within manufacturing where tools usually are locked to one client only. Working with preexisting tools also means that external and predetermined factors become part of the design process and final expression, something Nordberg appreciates.
Open comes in four different colours — ocher yellow, matte black, oyster white and rust. Buy here.
Things my daughter said…
Things my daughter said about objects, interiors, ornament and crime
I was asked by Jr-Work-Shop to do something related to kids. Not having ever worked with, by or for children I asked my daughter for some advice, she then became my muse. Her thoughts about furniture, objects and interiors are both grand and unrestricted. The ideas she has are also constantly changing, often inconsistent and based on seemingly random impulses. This project has been guided by our conversations. It is a tribute to the creative and un-ruined mind of this young person. The objects created are not necessarily children’s furniture but furniture from a child’s mental world.
During this project me and my daughter have had several talks about objects, design and interiors. After a while she directed our discussions into also including ornament and crime. Below is a transcription of one of her expositions:
What should furniture be and look like?
“It should be square, like dark blue and pink stripes, and in the middle there will be a green heart for all three, because we are three. Well yes, it’s for all three: daddy, you and me. Triangular, so there’s only places for us – that’s good, no? And then you can fix it into a four-table. Then the chair… pink and white. And on it there will be umm… a green, I mean a blue glitter… purple glitter… like heart. It will also be a little fluffy, with a pillow on it.
And a strange chair which is high – right up to the table – plus it could be a little higher, so that daddy, you, then it will look like, how will it look again? I mean the table which is triangular. What does triangles look like? Oh yes, like that… Then daddy will sit there and I will sit there… or you can sit where you want.
It, that is for all three. Then probably daddy’s… yours must hold the wight of your bum. Mm, so you can borrow one of mine. And mummy, your stool can be green with black glitter on it that sparkles, that it is made of wood. And me and mummy will paint it. I will have a chair. Umm… white, white and purple, with a purple heart that sparkles green.”
Listen to the monoluge here: https://vimeo.com/202720833
Other comments of importance
About the glitter ornaments she put on every door handle and knob in our apartment:
“Look how nice it is! Before, not so nice, boring. Now, beautiful!”
About the drawing of her hand she gave me:
“It’s made from my hand. You can have my hand.“
About the drawing on a post-it note she put on the freezer about interior related crimes:
“You’re not allowed to play ball in here.“
Represented at Jr-Work-Shop during Stockholm Design Week 2017:
Stools in two different heights
Metallic coated steel and uncoated aluminum
A transformable table for three or four
Metallic coated steel
My daughters hands
A prohibition sign
Plant based plastic
- “It’s made from my hand. You can have my hand.“
- "You are not allowed to play ball in here"
Is it possible to obtain unique results within industrial production? Jenny Nordberg has examined the issue in the Swedish foundry industry for the past year by working with three founders parallel. The result sought for has been a large scale macro-composite made of several assembled cast metals. During the process, there has been an interesting turn of events – each of the three foundries have had different theories, all of which contradict each other. The project is ongoing and has more to come.
- Composite table
16.11.18 Tin Plinth at Etage Projects
For The Plinth Project exhibition (18/11-16-21/1-17) at Etage Projects Jenny Nordberg created the Tin Plinth with the cubical geometry of the classical gallery plinth in mind. The material in the plinth however – tin, is maybe less classical. Often working with the tension between the hand made and the machine made Nordberg wanted to explore the production of a sheet material that could be used to create a plinth. To do this she used the limitations of a studio environment as her framework, and developed a method to make sheet metal by casting tin in large molds. The outcome is an uneven and rough, almost brutal expression. The plinth and a small table are the first objects within a coming series of several industrial processes adapted for studio production.
16.02.01 Örnsbergsauktionen 2016
The Mirror Cabinet (aluminium profiles, glass and silver) will be exhibited and a part of the Örnsbergsauktionen this year during Stockholm Design Week.
Exhibition at Kägelbanan 7-12 February, auction at 19.00 PM Friday the 12th.