The Malmo-based artist Oskar Mornerud is the first recipient of the newly established Fredrik Roos Art Prize, one of the largest stipends in Sweden in support of young artists' further development. In the new work Panorama/Midbody the artist brings together an illusionistic painting tradition - the panorama - with cellular biology.
curated by Joa Ljungberg
Oskar Mörnerud (1976) studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and today he lives and works in Malmö. His work is permeated with a fascination for the mechanisms of perception, the limitations of words, and the mystery of reality. Oskar Mörnerud creates sculptures and installations but is perhaps best known for his paintings, which are often based on photos, illustrations and newspaper cuttings as models in new and startling context.
In the new work, Panorama/Midbody, which is presented for the first time at Moderna Museet Malmö, Oskar Mörnerud brings together an illusionistic painting tradition – the panorama – with cellular biology. The work is a seven-meter-long painting that in the black-painted gallery space appears like a projection. Fragmented pictures and geometric figures form two linked ovals that recall the way a cell duplicates its set of chromosomes and then divides into two daughter cells. The two ovals confront us like a pair of gigantic eyes, and these eyes offer us a panoramic glimpse into a fragmented world. The work can be described as an intermediate form between a painting and a text, and the piece invites us to reflect on the interface between the actual world and our worldview.
The Fredrik Roos Art Prize is a newly established stipend in support of young artists’ further education and development. The purpose of the foundation is to award stipends to young Nordic artists, primarily active in the fields of painting and sculpture. The holder of the stipend is selected in collaboration with Moderna Museet Malmö, who produces an exhibition with the artist and hosts the award ceremony.
Image: Oskar Mörnerud, Observationer , 2003 © Foto: Bo Mörnerud
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