The two spacious halls of Kunsthalle Zurich were turned to The sculpture Hall and The Salon that feature the selection of Norwegian artist, Ida Ekblad’s, latest bronze- and ironcast sculptures and largescale composite paintings. In the Sculpture room one can almost dance across the space from sculpture to sculpture which are like constellations spread around a big room allowing each intricate work to speak on its own. All exhibits seem to be some sort of metamorphosis full of symbolism drawn from Nordic folk tales , contemporary commercial culture and human, more likely feminine, pelvic forms.
The Salon space surprised with bold and bright paintings which are composite of unrelated smaller paintings which are chaotically put together without a sense of direction by red frame. At the entrance the view was obscured by a giant pelvic/crab structure. Several benches held up by octopuses are placed opposite each painting to allow the viewer to slow down and find the connection with what might be going on the oversized canvases. It feels like the viewer is bombarded with the mundane details of our everyday busy routines. There is no focal point, all details are given attention with bold representation. Maybe the artist is offering to perceive our lives through the perspective of an octopus? Is becoming an octopus a solution to survive in this very confusing contemporary time?
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