Rickard Ljungdahl Eklund
Based in: Sweden
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Sculpture / Installation, Other
Content: Conceptual, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Spiritual
I take inspiration from studying mythology, ethnobotany & cultural history and continually develop my techniques in making sculptures, installations, prints, films, etc.
I often collaborate on projects with musicians, technicians and other artists and am otherwise known for work as an album cover designer, music video maker and vj.
My works & projects aim at being eloquent compositions of their respective ideas. It is my hope that experiencing the work brings about a sense of presence, where attention is given to the tools of perception, and in reflection the co-creation of meaning for the art device becomes clear.
I studied at Valand Academy in Gothenburg, graduating with an MFA in 2014. Recent activities include exhibiting at the CYNETART festival 2016 (Dresden, DE), Forårsudstillningen at Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen, DK), a scenography/installation at Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, SE) and working as an assistant for artist Haris Epaminonda in Berlin. I am a board member of artist-run gallery BOX and also manage the artist space Upper Hand in Gothenburg.
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APEIRON HELIX (PROTOTYPE).
Spiral sculpture with 64 one-way mirror boxes revolving around a LED axis.
Plexi glass, one-way mirror film, wire, LED-lights & disco ball motor.
50 x 295 x 50 cm
THE ZENBOT PRIME KNOTS SUMI-E SERIES.
A series of 15 scrolls with ink drawings made with a Zenbot CNC-machine. Mounted on hanging printed wallpaper.
Ink, printed wallpaper, tape, wood & tarred hemp rope.
15 à 55 x 170 cm.
DOES A ZENBOT HAVE A BUDDHA NATURE?
Videoloop on Raspberry pi 2 computer with LQ video of a Zenbot CNC-machine with a mounted ink brush making drawings.
Link to excerpt from loop, 11:08 min: https://vimeo.com/126754811
KNOTTINESS PATTERN WALLPAPER CYLINDER.
Rubber stamps mounted on wall paper printing cylinder.
Aluminum, rubber & lever strap. 59 x 22 x 22 cm
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING A SENSE OF DIRECTION IN THE MIDST OF NOTHINGNESS.
A module therapy couch for up to four people. The beds are to be placed to point in the four directions (E, W, N & S).
Iron and anechoic foam rubber. 420 x 50 x 420 cm.
TIME TRAVELLER BINDLE.
Wood, Ink, Mesh Bag, six 18th century chinese copper coins and a 1968 english copy of the I-Ching.
Ichthys symbol made in wood in the height of the artist. Here seen in the light of prisms hanging in the windows of the gallery.
Wood & wood stain.
42 x 172 x 12 cm.
18 still images from Super8 filmloop transfered to digital video.
Link to videoloop: https://vimeo.com/92238404
WHY WOULD A WATER VEIN NEED TO FIND A PLACE TO DIE?
Works from master thesis exhibition, Gallery Rotor, Valand Academy, Gothenburg.
Iron, Wood, Mesh fabric and Jute tassels.
100 x 200 x 300 cm