Per Svensson Curriculum Vitae Born 1965 in Gothenburg, Sweden / Född 1965 i Göteborg, Sverige Lives and works in Övraby and Gothenburg, Sweden / Bor och arbetar i Övraby and Göteborg, Sverige Works with visual art, sound art, performance, film & architecture / Arbetar med bildkonst, ljudkonst, performance, film & arkitektur Education/Utbildning
1985-90 The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm / Kungl. Konsthögskolan i Stockholm 1999-00 The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Dept. of Architecture, Stockholm / Kungl. Konsthögskolans Arkitekturhögskola, Stockholm
Selected Individual Exhibitions / Separatutställningar i urval
2010 Martin Bryder Gallery, "The State of the Art", Lund, Sweden
2013 Moderna Museet, "NATTSKIFT/NIGHTSHIFT", Malmö, Sweden
2011 Cité Internationale des Arts, "Bioplex Six (VI)" - Open Studio Exhibition, Paris, France
2008 Ystad Art Museum, "Intergalactic Transmission", Ystad, Sweden 2008 Tegen2, "Orange Warning", Stockholm, Sweden 2005 Tapper-Popermajer Art Gallery/Galleri Frans Suell, “The New Periodic Table Of The Elements”, Malmö, Sweden 2003 Färgfabriken, “The New Alchemy – Sound, Art & Random Noise Poetry”, Stockholm, Sweden 2003 Skövde Konsthall, ”The New Alchemy”, Skövde, Sweden 2000 The Royal Academy of fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12, ”Solar Bioplexus ”, Stockholm, Sweden 2000 Göteborg Museum of Art, ”Solar Bioplexus”, Göteborg, Sweden 1997 Galleri Mors Mössa, ”Prima Materia”, Göteborg, Sweden 1994 Konstsalongen, Malmö, Sweden 1994 Galleri Mors Mössa, Göteborg, Sweden 1991 Galleri Mors Mössa, Göteborg, Sweden 1990 Sweger Konst, Stockholm, Sweden 1990 Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, Sweden 1989 Fylkingen, "UR 1", Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden 1983 Galleri Hybris, Nordhemsgatan 68, Göteborg, Sweden
Selected Exhibitions / Utställningar i urval
2013 "NATTSKIFT/NIGHTSHIFT" - Per Svensson / "NOCTURNAL ACTIVITIES" - Freddie Wadling", Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden 2.2-3.3 2013
2012 SVART LJUS / BLACK LIGHT ; Works by Freddie Wadling, Leif Elggren, Annika von Hausswolff, Per Svensson,
Ulrich Hillebrand, Lotta Antonsson, Henrik Rylander, Borås Konstmuseum / Borås Museum of Modern Art 2.2 -1.4 20122012 SVART LJUS / BLACK LIGHT ; Works by Freddie Wadling, Leif Elggren, Annika von Hausswolff, Per Svensson,
Ulrich Hillebrand, Lotta Antonsson, Henrik Rylander, Borås Konstmuseum / Svenska Grammofonstudion, Göteborg 6.4 - 8.4 20122011 "Inre Röster / Inner Voices", Per Svensson / Leif Elggren, Kristianstad Center for Contemporary Art, Kristianstad, Sweden
Public Commissions / Offentliga Verk 2004 “Organic Universe / Bioplex III”, Galvanized iron, Glass, Bronze, Lights, Lunds Campus, Helsingborg , Sweden Public Commission for The National Public Arts Council /Offentligt uppdrag för Statens Konstråd 2001-2002 “Anyone can think whatever they want”, Bronssculpure, Sceiling painting, S:t Görans Hospital Psychiatric Clinic, Stockholm Public Commission for The Stockholm Country Council /Offentligt uppdrag för Stockholms läns Landsting 1997-98 “Art Capsule – Göteborgspaviljongen”, Wood, Concrete, Glass, Steel plates, Alma Löv Museum, Östra Ämtervik, Sweden Public Commission for The Alma Löv Museum/Offentligt uppdrag för Alma Löv Museum 1996 “The Five Elements”, Bronze sculptures on concrete, Torsby Community, Sweden Public Commission for The Community /Offentligt uppdrag för Stockholms läns Landsting
2012 SVART LJUS / Freddie Wadling, Leif Elggren, Annika von Hausswolff, Per Svensson, Ulrich Hillebrand,
Lotta Antonsson, Henrik Rylander, Borås Konstmuseum / Borås Museum of Modern Art, Sweden
2012 SVART LJUS / Freddie Wadling, Leif Elggren, Annika von Hausswolff, Per Svensson, Ulrich Hillebrand,
Lotta Antonsson, Henrik Rylander, Borås Konstmuseum / Svenska Grammofonstudion, Göteborg, Sweden
2011 2 in 1, Per Svensson/Maja Spasova, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
2011 Per Svensson / Bioplex 6, Salon Jeune Creation, Centquatre 104, Paris
2011 Per Svensson/Leif Elggren, Inre Röster / Inner Voices, Kristianstads Konsthall / Kristianstad Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden 2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, ”Eye of the Storm”, Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris, France 2009 “BOTANIC SOUNDS 2” The Palm House, Gothenburg Garden Society, Palmhuset, Trädgårdföreningen, Göteborg (also exhibiting; Jana Winderen and BJ Nilsen)
2009 "Alt_Cph 2009", Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark. (in collaboration with Peter Henning) 2008 “KOLSYREFABRIKEN R.I.P 1889-2009”, Kolsyrefabriken, Liljeholmen, Stockholm, (with Jean-Louis Huhta, Henrik Håkansson, Lotta Antonsson. Martin Sjöberg, Gunnel Pettersson, Tore Nilsson et Al.)
2005 “Nágannar” Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad 2005 NEON Gallery, “Implosions”, Brösarp (with Henrik Rylander) 2005 "RESONANCE" - Echoing Throughout Stockholm, Beehive XI, Handelshögskolan, Stockholm 2005 ”Six Swedish Artists”, Lusaka National Museum, Zambia, Africa 2004 “SYNTAX ERROR”, ETC Galleri, Stockholm 2004 ”MULTIPLEX”, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm 2003 ”VISUELLA FENOMEN”, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm 2001 “SCULPTURE”, Life Gallery, Stockholm 2000 ”STARDUST”, Installation, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1999 "Small Images of Truth", Life Gallery, Stockholm 1999 FESARS, Konstakuten, Stockholm 1999 L.A. International Biennial, Contributing KREV Consulate, Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 1998 Vetlanda Museum, Vetlanda 1998 Eksjö Museum, Eksjö 1998 Collaborative Works, with Leif Elggren, Henrik Rylander, Ernst Billgren, Prinsen, Stockholm 1998 The Gothenburg Pavilion, Art Capsule, Alma Löv Museum, Östra Ämtervik 1998 Göteborgspaviljongen / Art Capsule, Konstakuten, Stockholm 1997 "EAR AS EYE", LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles CA, USA 1997 "SIGHT OF SOUND", Anomalous Gallery, Seattle, USA 1997 Contributing the KREV Embassy, 2nd International Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa 1997 Contributing KREV, the conspiracy, The Soap Factory, Athens, Greece 1997 Contributing KREV, the conspiracy, FOKA, (Forum of Keen Art), Thessaloniki, Greece 1997 Contributing KREV, the conspiracy, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala 1997 Contributing KREV, the conspiracy, Bildmuseet, Umeå 1997 Konstfabriken / Artfactory Productions, with Ernst Billgren, Galleri K, Stockholm 1996 Interpol, Färgfabriken, with Ernst Billgren, Stockholm 1995 Smart Show, Art against Aids, Wasahallen, Stockholm 1994 "Naturkunden", The Academy of Art, Budapest, Hungary 1993 Galleri Engström, Stockholm Art Fair, Sollentuna, Stockholm 1993 "Naturkunden", Heliosturm, Köln, Germany 1992 Material, Stockholm Art Fair, Sollentuna, Stockholm 1991 "Reflections - Reactions", KKH / HDK / Moderna Museet, Bahnhof Westend, Berlin, Germany 1990 Konst och Datormässan, Malmö 1990 Skulptur II, Sveagalleriet, Stockholm 1989 Skulptur, Sveagalleriet, Stockholm 1988 Sub 117, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 1988 Konstakademien, Stockholm together with Leif Elggren, Kent Tankred, CM von Hausswolff 1987 3 st, Galleri Rotor, Göteborg 1987 AVE, International Audiovisual Festival, Arnhem, Holland 1987 KAM, Konst i Annan Miljö, Augustendals Bilfabrik, Stockholm 1986 Konsthögskolan, Reykjavik, Iceland Selected Performance and Sound Art Projects / Performance och Ljudkonstprojekt i urval2012 The Kingdom of Evol featuring Freddie Wadling live at Way out West Festival, Annedalskyrkan, Gothenburg, Sweden 2012 The Kingdom of Evol featuring Freddie Wadling live at Stockholm Music & Arts Festival, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden 2012 Per Svensson, The Forces of Nature & The Butterfly Effect, Live at Krets, Malmö2012 The Kingdom of Evol featuring Freddie Wadling live at Borås Museum of Modern Art, Borås, Sweden
2011 Per Svensson, Heartbeat Transmission, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
2011 Per Svensson/Leif Elggren/Michael Esposito/Freddie Wadling, INNER VOICES, Live at Kristianstad Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden
2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, ”Eye of the Storm”, Live at irl, Centre Mercoeur, Paris, France 2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, ”Eye of the Storm”, Live at Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris, France 2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, ”Eye of the Storm”, Live at Planetarium, Poitiers, France 2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, ”Eye of the Storm”, Live at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France 2011 Per Svensson & Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, Live at Le Générateur, Gentilly, France 2010 Live in Stockholm, Per Svensson, Leif Elggren, CM von Hausswolff, Kent Tankred, Live at Fylkingen, Stockholm
2010 Live at Martin Bryder Gallery, Per Svensson, Jakob Riis, Anders Lindsjö, Lund, Sweden
2009 Live at Perspectives 2009, "Perspectives Meeting", Culturen, Box 1, Västerås 2009 The New Alchemy, Live at Lygten Station, Lygten 2, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark 2009 Per Svensson + Pär Thörn vs. LIGHTS PEOPLE, Live at Motvikt #12, Skånes Konstförening, Malmö 2009 Per Svensson + Mats Gustafsson, Live at Signal, (in conjunctin w. Maja Spasova CD release for Olof Bright Records), Malmö 2008 Audio Laboratory, Live at Kolsyrefabriken R.I.P. 1889-2009, Sound Art Feast, Kolsyrefabriken, Liljeholmen, Stockholm 2008 Per Svensson, Jakob Riis, Live at Skånes Konstförening, Malmö 2008 NMNN Quartet; Per Svensson, Frank Rothkamm, Hans Tammen, Derek Morton, Live at Harvestworks Media Arts Center, New York, USA 2008 Per Svensson "NEW ALCHEMY", Film Projection+Live Performance, Live at Harvestworks Media Arts Center, New York, USA 2008 Per Svensson, Mats Gustafsson, Live at Kulturhamn 2008, Skeppet, Simrishamn 2008 Per Svensson, Frank Rothkamm, Mats Gustafsson, Live at Interface, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad 2008 Per Svensson ”Intergalactic Sound and Voice Transmission”,Live at Fylkingen 75 Years festival, Stockholm 2008 Intergalactic Sound Transmission, Live at Ystad Art Museum, Ystad 2007 Live at Färgfabriken, Leif Elggren, Per Svensson, CM von Hausswolff, Stockholm 2007 Per Svensson Live at Ljusfesten, Fylkingen, Stockholm 2007 Live at Ystads Konstmuseum, Hild Sofie Tafjord & Lemur, with Mats Gustafsson, Per Svensson, Amit Sen, Ystad 2007 Intergalactic Transmission, Per Svensson live at Ales Stenar, Kåseberga, Sweden 2007 X, Live impro at Hammenhög Church, Hammenhög, Österlen, Sweden 2007 Per Svensson with Christine Sehnaoui, Mats Gustafsson, Amit Sen, Jakob Riis, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad 2007 Per Svensson with Ulf Gertz, Live at Övraby Church, Övraby, Österlen, Sweden 2006 Per Svensson, Live at Sonoric Perspectives Festival, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad 2006 The New Alchemy, Live at Fylkingen, Stockholm 2006 The New Alchemy, Live at Full Pull Festival, Rooseum, Malmö 2006 The New Alchemy, Live at Pustervik, Slippery People, Gothenburg 2006 Per Svensson (The New Alchemy) with Johan Skugge, Live at Ugglan, Stockholm 2005 Implosions, Per Svensson & Henrik Rylander live at Neon Gallery, Brösarp, Sweden 2005 Audio Laboratory, Live at Ystads Konstmuseum, Ystad 2005 Resonance - Echoing Throughout Stockholm, Beehive XI, Handelshögskolan, Stockholm 2004 Audio Laboratory, Live at ETC Gallery, Stockholm 2004 Audio Laboratory, Live at Konserthuset in Västerås, Perspectives 2004 Festival, Västerås, Sweden 2003 Audio Laboratory, Live at Färgfabriken, Stockholm 2001 Energy Loop Super Conductor, Live at Arvika festivalen med Jean-Louis Huhta, Arvika, Sweden 2001 Per Svensson, Trans art formation, Live at Ljusfestivalen, Fylkingen, Stockholm 2000 Per Svensson, Soundart Installation, Stardust Festival, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2000 Audio Laboratory, Live at Fylkingen, Stockholm 1999 Live at Beyond Baroque, Leif Elggren, CM von Hausswolff, Per Svensson, Los Angeles, USA 1999 En Red O, Sound & Electronic Art Symposion, Montelegre, Barcelona, Spain 1998 Energy Loop, Live at Fylkingen, Stockholm 1998 Audio Laboratory, Live at Fylkingen, Stockholm 1998 Audio Laboratory, Live a t Arvikafestivalen, Arvika, Sweden 1998 Audio Laboratory, Live at Prinsen, Stockholm 1998 Audio Laboratory, Live at the Nursery Injection festival, MS Stubnitz, Stockholm 1994 Building a House in the countryside, Lysvik, Sweden 1992 El/Element 1, Live at Multiplex festival, Fylkingen, Stockholm 1990 Electric TV, Akt-90 festival, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden 1990 El/Element 1, Knogjärn-90, 3rd International Festival for Computermusic, Göteborg, Sweden 1989 Electric TV, 35 White Street, NYC, USA 1988 UR/Åska, Akt –88 festival, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden 1988 Live at Konstakademien,Högtidssalen, med Leif Elggren, Kent Tankred, CM von Hausswolff, Stockholm 1987 El/Element 1, Forsmark I-II + Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm, Sweden 1987 The Midnight Sun Fires, Abisko, Sweden 1987 Primordial Elements, Artcenter De Gele Rijder, Arnhem, The Netherlands 1986 Solar Collector, Oaxen, Stockholm, Sweden 1986 Ground Materia / Radiation, Oaxen, Stockholm, Sweden 1984 The Iceland Document, Göteborg-Seydisfjordur-Reykjavik-Göteborg Cooperation in Performance & Soundart / Medverkan i Performance & Ljudkonst 1989 "Fast Cloud" performance by Robert Whitman, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1989 "Mat" performance by Leif Elggren and Per Jonsson, Moderna Dansteatern, Stockholm 1987 "Light Touch" performance by Robert Whitman, Building 117, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 1987 "Nothern Dark" peformance by Robert Whitman, Teknorama, Stockholm Publications and Records / Publikationer och Fonogram2012 The Kingdom of Evol featuring Freddie Wadling, Dark Passages * Nocturnal Incidents, CD ALBUM, Progress Productions 2012 The Kingdom of Evol featuring Freddie Wadling, 12 '' Vinyl, Heartwork Records 2012 Per Svensson, The Forces of Nature & The Butterfly Effect, CD Album, Limited Edition, Eter Records 2011 Per Svensson/Michael Esposito, The Ghosts of Ogilvie Station, Flexi, Firework Edition Records 2011 INNER VOICES, Per Svensson/Leif Elggren, Black Box with Catalogue and 7 '' Vinyl, Firework/Kristianstad Center for Contemporary Art2011 Inner Voices, Per Svensson/Leif Elggren/ Michael Esposito, 7 '' Vinyl, Firework Edition Records
2011 EYE OF THE STORM, Per Svensson/Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, DVD Film, limited edition, Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris, France 2011 EYE OF THE STORM, Per Svensson/Duncan Nilsson Pinhas, CD Album, limited edition, Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris, France 2010 The State of the Art!, Martin Bryder Gallery, Black Box with CD, C-Prints and texts, limited edition 2009 Orange Warning, ORANGE Box with 11 drawings and a CD record, Kolsyrefabriken Records, limited edition 2008 Sonic Images, C41, namenlos #8, Namenlos Recordings 2008 Intergalactic Transmission!, BLACK BOX with Exhibition Catalogue & CD Album, Ystad Art Museum 2008 The Iceland Document (Works from 1984), Black Box with Photos, Drawings, CD, limited edition 2008 Intergalactic Transmission!, CD Album, OLOF BRIGHT RECORDS 2007 EL / Element 1, CD Album, Firework Edition Records 2007 Live In LA, Live CD, CM von Hausswolff, Per Svensson, Leif Elggren, Firework Edition Records 2007 SONOGRAM, CD Album, Retrospective, OLOF BRIGHT RECORDS 2006 Transmission #1, Compilation CD, ABSURD # Planet 0 2006 The New Alchemy – Organic Universe, CD Album, Ideal Recordings 2005 Beehive XI, 3 ¨ CDR, Gallery Edition, Kning Disk 2005 Sonically Speaking #22, Compilation CD, Sonic Music Magazine #22 2005 The New Alchemy II, Live-CD, Limited Edition, Kolsyrefabriken Records 2003 Audio Laboratory, Studio & Live - CD Album, Firework Edition Records 2003 The New Alchemy - Sound, Art & Random Noise Poetry, CD & Book, Kolsyrefabriken Records 2003 Audio Laboratory – Surround the World, DVD Film, Firework Edition Records / Video 2002 KREV 10th anniversary, 2CD Compilation, Ash International / Touch, London 2001 Symmetry 2000, Artworks and texts, Portland Press Ltd, London 2000 Transatlantic, Sound Art Project, Per Svensson and Leif Elggren, 7 ¨, Firework Edition Records 2000 Solar Bioplexus, Exhibition Catalogue, Göteborg Art Museum 1998 Energy Loop / Element II, CD-Album, Firework Edition Records 1997 Prima Materia, Exhibition Catalogue, Firework Edition 1997 Konstfabriken / Artfactory Productions, Catalogue, Firework Edition 1992 Au 197.2, (Book with 7 paintings with beeswax on paper in a cardboard box) 1989 El/Element 1, CM, Firework Edition Records 1987 The Book of Elements, The Sound of Ground Materia, Book & 7 ¨, Firework Edition/Radium 226.05 Records
Artist in Residence
2011 A.i.r. SUMU, Turku/Åbo, Finland
2011 A.i.r. Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
Representation in collections / Representerad Gothenburg Museum of Art The National Public Arts Council Malmö Museum of Art Skövde Museum of Art Eksjö Museum of Art Stockholms Läns Landsting The Swedish Defence Departement The Alma Löv Museum of E & U Art The Life Gallery Claes Nordenhake Torsby Community Vattenfall in Trollhättan Bohus Landsting Göteborgs Konstförening Bukowskis Grants, Schoolarships / Stipendium
2010 L'Académie royale des Beaux-Arts, Studio Grant, Visual Art Residence, La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2008 The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Two year working Grant /Konstnärsnämnden, Sveriges Bildkonstnärsfond, 2 årigt Arbetsstipendium 2008 The Foundation of the Culture of the Future Framtidens Kultur 2006 STIM/The Swedish Performimg Rights Society, Grant for Composers STIM/Svensk Musik, Stipendium för Tonsättare 2003 The Längman Cultural Fund / Längmanska Kulturfonden 2003 STIM/The Swedish Performimg Rights Society, Grant for Composers STIM/Svensk Musik, Stipendium för Tonsättare 2002 The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Tone, Working Grant for Composers Konstnärsnämnden, Ton, Arbetsstipendium för Komponister 2002 The Royal Academy of fine Arts, Sculpture Grant Kungl. Akademien för de fria Konsterna, Skulptur 1997 The Royal Academy of fine Arts, Sculpture Grant Kungl. Akademien för de fria Konsterna, Skulptur Stipendium 1996 The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Two year working Grant / Konstnärsnämnden, Sveriges Bildkonstnärsfond, 2 årigt Arbetsstipendium 1993 The Swedish Arts Grant Committee, One year working Grant / Konstnärsnämnden, Sveriges Bildkonstnärsfond, 1 årigt Arbetsstipendium 1990 The Royal Academy of fine Arts, Master of fine Arts Grant / Kungl. Akademien för de fria Konsterna, Avgångsstipendium Master
On the Art of Per Svensson / Selected texts & Art reviews
*Thomas Millroth, Sydsvenskan, Konst
- Det femte elementet
The State of the Art, Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, t o m 3.10.
Sferics, Scaniaparken, Malmö, t o m 4.10.
Thomas Millroth ser två aktuella utställningar där alla element ryms i sama verk.
I en tid av snabba sinnliga retningar envisas ljudkonst med frågor, som gränsar
till både rit och religion.
Hur ska jag annars uppfatta amerikanen Alvin Luciers installation i Scaniaparken?
Den sprakar som torr ved, en fyrtio minuters komposition av inspelade, normalt
ohörbara, radiovågor. Med ens blir parken, himlen, havet, vattnet oerhört närvarande
och omslutande. Och de nya rum jag hör påminner mig om våra sinnens begränsningar.
Det är inga enkla frågor Lucier väcker.
Det är ännu mer uttalat i Per Svenssons storslagna utställning, där golvet vibrerar av loopar.
Pulsen är högre än hos Lucier och installationen är gjord i den brinnande övertygelsen att
konsten är en egen plats, där poesi, ljud och idéer kan förenas. Uttryckens alkemi skapar
ingångar i livscykeln i dess vidaste mening. Det är mystik formad med en punkig BZ-estetik
– ockupera ditt eget liv, acceptera inga ledare. Men Svensson låter oss också ana en mild doft
av honung, då en dodekaeder av bivax värms. Denna geometriska kropp är konstruerad av tolv
femhörningar och ansågs motsvara quinta essentia, det femte elementet, kvintessensen, som i
sig rymde de andra elementen, jord, eld, vatten, luft.
”Ge mig honung”, skrev Joseph Beuys och tänkte på dess värmande, livgivande egenskaper.
Med samma existentiella övertygelse har Per Svensson genomfört sitt verk.
Liksom Lucier, som förvandlar Scaniaparken till en rituell plats.
För visst har han skapat en modern form av kvintessensen, när de gnistlika ljuden förenas
med vatten, himmel, park – alla element ryms i samma verk.
Som betraktare känns det stort att bli tagen på sådant allvar.
författare och konstkritiker
16 September 2010.
*Thomas Millroth, Sydsvenskan, Art
- The fifth element
The State of the Art, Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, until 3.10
Sferics, Scaniaparken, Malmö, until 4.10
Thomas Millroth see two current exhibitions in which all elements
contained in the same work.
In a time of rapid sensory stimuli persist with sound issues, which
connect both to ritual and religion.
How else am I perceive American Alvin Luciers installation Scaniaparken?
The crackling of dry wood, a forty-minute composition of recorded,
normally inaudible, radio waves. All of a sudden becomes the park,
sky, sea, water incredibly present and immersive.
And the new place I hear reminds me of the limitations of our senses.
There are no simple questions Lucier raises.
It is even more pronounced in Per Svensson's magnificent exhibition,
which vibrates the floor of the loops. The pulse is higher than in Lucier
and the installation is made in the burning conviction that art is a space
where poetry, sounds and ideas can be reconciled. Expressions alchemy
creates entries in the life cycle in its broadest sense.
It is a mystery-shaped with a punky BZ-aesthetics - occupy your life,
accept no leaders.
But Svensson also lets us glimpse a gentle fragrance of honey, then a
dodecahedron of beeswax is heated. This geometric body is constructed
of 12 pentagones and deemed to represent the quinta essentia, the fifth element,
quintessence, which itself ran to the other elements, earth, fire, water, air.
"Give me honey," wrote Joseph Beuys, thinking of the warm, life-giving properties.
With the same existential beliefs, Per Svensson completed his work.
Like Lucier, who turns Scaniaparken a ritual site.
In particular, he has created a modern form of embodiment, when the sparklike sounds
combined with water, sky, park - all the elements contained in the same mode.
As a viewer, it feels great to be taken so seriously.
Thomas Millroth, Author, Art critic
September 16, 2010
*Tor Billgren, Sydsvenskan, Kultur- High voltage and immence power/primitive force. Art. Per Svensson: Intergalactic Transmission! Works 1982-2008. Ystad Art Museum. "The primordial droning....At the time when planet Earth was uninhabited and empty this sound could be heard loud and clear, but today this sound is drowned by everything else that sounds all around us. Artistically you can re-contruct, and even find your way back to this "primordial sound" - Yes, "the whole origin and extraction, the primordial force and immence power", and an artist that works with this is Per Svensson. He is born 1965 in Gothenburg. As artist he was however born on Iceland in the mid-eighties, as the curator Yrr Jonasdottir is writing in the very nice catalogue. A presumption that make sence when you view the plain photos from the first meetings with the solid lava stone, the geysir and the glaciers on the island. Here is the overture to his artistic ability and him being an artist, that later developes to what is shown at the retrospective in Ystad; sketches and drawings of the brilliant energy solutions, the huge wooden constructions with solar panels, loudspeakers and radiators, the rusty and droning sculptures, and the dramatic paintings that creates a sense of that the artist does not use a brush when he is painting, he uses high voltage... ...Exept from sound, the forces of nature and energy, the exhibition is about the artists vulnerable position and the supervision of our society". ...With a very simple and brilliant grip he has made his film production, that stretches back to 1986, into a comment on the contemporary surveillance climate. The films are presented in a horisontal eight (8) shape that is the cliché image of binoculars or telescope. We are no longer the audience, we are observers... ...With this Per Svensson also shows how to recycle art. What is 20 years old can with a few changes become topical and of current interest. May 26, 2008.
*Thomas Millroth, - An Art Shining With Energy
It is all about energy, to be able to handle it, to transform sounds, sequences, clusters into energetic vibrations. No need to underline Per Svensson´s (b. 1965) past in the Gothenburg punk-scene. You can feel it in his music, sense it in every way he uses different sounds, how he explores tools combining them with electric guitar, field recordings or whatever. The musical as well as non musical sounds are transformed into sonoric spaces. When listening you move into them as if you were exploring unknown landscapes. In spite of dramatically changing details we feel strongly that we are in one and the same room. Even if you get the wuthering experience of the floor disappearing under your feet, in a poetic way you feel safe. Per Svensson´s sonoric spaces are indeed most physical. Although often harsh and rough there is underneath this surface a very sensual experience. I´d rather say vulnerable than raw in the way of industrial rock. His method is to use flux and random, improvisation – and the ears to hold it all together. In this CD Per Svensson is looking back. It is like a retrospective show. We see (hear) as far as 1987, i.e. twenty years. Going further back to the modern pioneers – 90, 50 or 30 years, whatever you prefer – we find a row of disparate lack of norms movements. The whole thing was about dismantling, crushing, and investigating the limits. Per Svensson has passed that. For him the structures of the music have been put together again, rejected, and replaced with new elements. In one way he stands steady in a tradition of noise, electronica and rock, but none of those standards are useful in the description of his art. He comfortably moves between his experiences of noise experiment, conceptual art, sound art, spoken word. He has no need to force any borders, he acts as if they do not exist, and never did. In the best sense his musical flow/flux has an agenda of its own, which gives it liberty of action within its contemporary context. Text on CD-Album OBCD 18, January 2007.
*Carolina Söderholm, Kultur – Sydsvenskan, Art review
Per Svensson (born 1965) has spent his time to explore the great issues of life: the origin of the universe, the creation of the earth, and the origin of human existence. With geometrical sculpture, space capsules, new sound compositions and alchemical experiments he has constructed his own theory on the connection between humanity, nature and space, and written his own alternative creation narrative myth…Fundamentally there is an aspect of political and environmental consciousness, but further more clear is his pulsating vitality…in the new exhibition painting, sculpture, installations and sound art is exposed, which gives a wide image of his solitary and consistent art. June 7, 2005
*Britte Montigny, Skånska Dagbladet, Art review
The Platform of art is infinite. Deep. / Gothenburg born Per Svensson…during many years he has been bissy with research on the natural philosophical alchemy… At the exhibition we meet installations of drawing desks and chemical laboratories where the first batteries were made, paintings and objects with referenses to Life and Tellus...Per Svensson has created a wide art platform. In Media this include sound, light, drawing, painting, sculpture, objects and installations...In Svenssons alchemy you find the fifth dimension " the space age". With the installation "Space medication kit" - a blue shining glass suitcase with medical equipment for the international space center. The suitcase also carries a sign with the information "LIFE FOUND IN SPACE-WE FOUND OURSELVES" that is closing the circle on the presumption about the universe as the primordial well or source to everything. June 11, 2005
*Boel Gerell, Kultur – Kvällsposten, Art review
The ordinary is Exposed / It is roaming and it is noisy at Neon Gallery in Brösarp…The ordinary objects at Neon Gallery is loaded with poetry and sense of humour larger than itself… July 22, 2005
*Silvia Helperin, Kultur - Helsingborgs Dagblad/Västra Skånes Tidningar; Art review
Man in the centre of a cosmic space – He is a visual artist, composer, makes experiments with alchemy and “Life found in Space”, works also with film, architecture and sound ( as he in 1988 recorded heartbeats and let them be heard). The inauguration of “ Organic Universe” and “Bioplex III” was held at Campus in Helsingborg. “ Organic Universe” a construction that according to the artist works like a cosmic tree. Five 6 m high stems made of galvanized iron reaches out towards space. Between the root and the crown assembles 3 rings around the stem – not unlike the image of the galaxies. 5 bronze plates established firmly in the ground. Each plate tell its story: The New Alchemy, Geological eras, The future, The United Nations Charters, and Big Bang. The southern part of the courtyard is the residence of “Bioplex III”. According to the Arts Council this is a greenhouse that looks like an igloo and has the shape of a carbon molecule. October 29, 2004
*Håkan Nilsson, DN-Kultur, Art chronicle
”Still, Per Svensson with his battle-cry The New Alchemy, is the artist at Skulpturens Hus that is breathing, if not belief, so - struggle…Although Svenssons paintings stand in an established tradition of political painting, they snort a bit of that kick ass attitude that often is absent in art, technical or not” February 15, 2003
*Bertil Lundgren, Skaraborgs Allehanda, Kultur, Art review
"When the artist is mixing his ideas with material, spiritual gold is created...Per Svensson wants to show the possibilities for a creative person to give ordinary objects new dimensions. He does this with images and his interst for social issues, natural science and philosophy. In a serie of drawings we can follow Per Svenssons thoughts from the form of carbon molecule to the mysteries of the universe. A freightbox has become a beehive with autentical sound. Per Svensson is rated one of the most interesting artists in his generation. Born in Gothenburg 1965 and educated at the Royal Univercity College of fine arts. He has exhibited the Art Academy and the Gothenburg museum of art. Together with the experimental group Audio Laboratory he is showing his interest in experimental music." January 26, 2003
*Kerstin Waltersson, Skövde Nyheter, Art review
- Nature is the source to everthing I do… …The artist Per Svensson has dismantled his studio and has installed it at Skövde Konsthall” January 23, 2003
*Petra Ljunggren, Skaraborgs Allehanda, Art review
”He is mixing the New Alchemy” January 23, 2003
*Crispin Ahlström, Göteborgs Posten, Art review
”Alchemy that creates gold and new ideas” Per Svensson has appointed himself to alchemist of the contemporary time. And I must admit that he has further more success than his precursors to create gold, not as money, but as new thoughts and ideas. February 13, 2003 *Crispin Ahlström, Göteborgs-Posten, Art review
”Life looked upon in two different ways” During a long time he has made a research on the necessaries of life and found that he must start with carbon and water – without these the two elements life would be impossible. Drawings, paintings and sculptures has developed into the exhibition “Solar Bioplexus” – an installation that concentrate the ideas into one concept. In the centre there is a huge greenhouse. The greenhouse is shaped like a carbon molecule with a row of medical plants borrowed from the Gothenburg Bothanical Gardens…It is a beautiful garden in a smaller scale and it is watered with the same drip and fusion that gives nutrition during an operation…He is describing life from a scientific point of view, but cannot avoid the sensibility and dedication in his art. 5 March 2000
*Johan Alfredsson, Göteborgs-Posten, “Geometry meets Life...
"The artist Per Svensson invites the viewer to enter the prime substance of life itself” March 5, 2000
*Pontus Hammarén, Nöjesguiden, Art in Göteborg Per Svensson’s installation at the Göteborg Art Museum starts with the fact that all life on our planet is built from carbon and water. In abuildt up huge, gigantic carbon molecule he has placed a greenhouse with lifegiving plants; both eatable and medical plants. The plants are nurrished by fusion. Per Svensson has created a sanctuary that shows the beauty of the geometry in nature. At the peak it is all about the existence of life. April 2000
*Fredric Bedoire, Solar Bioplexus; Exhibition Catalogue, Göteborg Museum of Art, ”Now Per Svensson breaks down the compact and dead carbon molecule and fills its cavities with life, with green plants that are outlined against the cobalt-blue space. The interior offers people a refuge, a lifeboat...Exiting is the meeting between the rational and the irrational, the hard and the soft, to be a realist and a romantic at the same time. This distinguishes Per Svensson from his predecessors and places him in a time like our own” March 2000
*Ida Thunberg, Nya Wärmlands - Tidningen, Chronicle and Interview (front page news) ”Consul with eternal life…- Yes we are immortal”, says Per with a smile. July 2, 1998
*Ulrika Stare, Göteborgs-Posten, The Art is rising… Per Svensson’s tower Art Capsule – Gothenburg Pavilion is also consulate for KREV. Like a hybrid between Vinga lighthouse and a space capsule the two level building is rising. During June Per Svensson himself is exhibiting, an exhibition that is strongly related to the building itself. The tower, the capsule and cosmos is reflected within the space that is both adventurous and genial. June 19, 1998
*Anette Gärdeklint, Värmlands Folkblad, Art review, On the Alma Löv Museum and The Gothenburg Pavilion… July 2, 1998
*Ann-Charlotte Glasberg, GT, Art review, On the Alma Löv Museum and The Gothenburg Pavilion… Aug 4, 1998
*Per-Gunnar Kramer, GT-Kultur, “Loaded with Energy...A collection of bronze celestial bodies floating in its own universe...Per Svensson distinguishing quality is to unite lust of experiment with depth”, Sept 21, 1997
*Gunilla Grahn-Hinnfors, Göteborgs - Posten “The 6th element... In the exhibition Prima Materia you get extra aware because matter in this case is not only building material,
but also motif” Sept 20, 1997
*Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, “Sight, Sound - Action”, Occasionally overt musical imagery appears. Per Svensson's "Element II" consists of white sheets in an accordion fold, and on one of them is a pencil drawing of a shape reminiscent of a CD. ...The overriding image I took away from the gallery space was a sonic one, the loud resonance of the floor, and the engrossing noise anyone wearing hard shoes makes on it. It is the raw sound of looking at art (and much more exciting than the buzz-buzz that comes from Walkman gallery guides in big museum shows), the sound one notices thanks to art that makes one think about listening rather than looking. Maybe the real value of such work is that the less it appears to be related to music, the more the ear wants to manufacture some. BE THERE "(ear as eye)," Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 6522 Hollywood Blvd. March 20, 1997
*Josephine Carr, Aftonbladet – Puls, “Per Svensson and Ernst Billgren’s Artfactory Production. Catalogue texts by Jan Håfström and Christer Fuglesang. No 4 on Aftonbladets top 10 list” March 21, 1997 *Christer Bergqvist, NWT 24 hour Art - The bronze sculptures in Torsby symbolize the five elements; earth, air, fire, water and the ether… Sept 30, 1996 *Clemens Altgård, Sydsvenskan, Art review “Myths and Geometry” Per Svensson is, so to speak, taking his startpoint from a work named “The 5th Element. In Chinese myths this is another name for metal, and with this a direct connection to alchemy…also in connection to various esoteric imaginary…myths and spheres of rock music, where you find self destructive rock stars. There is a fascinating synthesis between different mythological systems, and a work like “Metallic Knockout I-X” appears in the light when you know that the title also is the name of a recording from the legendary The Stooges’s last and chaotic concert. A unique wilful contrast appears between the geometrical sculpture-objects cold and exalted order and the titles that lead the thoughts too a Dionysian show with sex, violence and broken glass as components…It will be very interesting to follow his wilful, obstinate, headstrong, artistic ability and developement. With Per Svensson’s works there is really a connection between structures from the past and highly increased sensibility on the current hectic and contemporary structures. June 11, 1994 *Rolf Hallin, Arbetet, Art Chronicle, Interview Per Svensson född 1965, göteborgare (Majorna) har sin första separatutställning på Mors Mössa i Haga.…Per Svensson visar svetsade skulpturer och målningar med andlig energi” February 23, 1991 *Lars O Ericsson, Dagens Nyheter Overreacted Contrasts – L. O. E. sees 5 current exhibitions; Richard Long, Einar Höste, Alf Linder, Ulf Rollof, Per Svensson. … At Sweger Konst he is showing a combination of sculpture and painting…there is also within these objects a tension between the metallic cold and the colouristic nerve that is capable of development and progress… October 17, 1990