Jury of OpenART 2017

From left: Peter Ojstersek (SE), Cecilia Jansson (SE), Pia Männikkö (FI)

The Open Call for next year’s OpenART biennial has officially closed and the extensive work of selecting the artists will take its first steps in September.

The selection of the artworks will be made by an international jury of artists consisting of Cecilia Jansson (SE), Peter Ojstersek (SE) and Pia Männikkö (FI). All of the jury members have previously exhibited their work at OpenART.

Cecilia Jansson is a Swedish artist with a local connec­tion to Örebro through her artistic projects with the inmates at Kumla Prison and teaching posi­tion at Örebro Art School. Only in the past year she has won Örebro Coun­ty’s Culture Prize, been exhib­ited at Swatch Faces at the Venice Bien­nial and just recently completed an Artist in Resi­dency stay at NARS Foun­da­tion in New York.

Peter Ojstersek is a Swedish artist living and working in both Gothen­burg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany. Although, split­ting his time between the two coun­tries he has also, since 2007, been working as a Senior Lecturer at Valand Academy, Univer­sity of Fine Arts in Gothen­burg, Sweden.

Pia Männikkö is a Finnish artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. She partic­i­pated in OpenART’s resi­dency project Academy in 2013, ending the stay with three artworks repre­sented at the bien­nial. Throughout the years she has been exhib­ited in coun­tries like Germany, Spain, Scot­land, Australia and more.

The 6th edition of OpenART is taking place 18 June – 10 September 2017.

”Converging Paths, Objects and Selves”

porcelan and bread 1Cecilia Jansson currently presents her recent work in the group exhibition ”Converging Paths, Objects and Selves”,featuring selections from the work of 2016 NARS artist residency participants.porcelain and bread 2  porcelain and bread 3

Her project started with the idea of combining two materials – one representing a firm structure (as seen in society or nature) and one forced to adjust itself according to that structure – forming a coherent whole.

The artist explains: ”I ended up combining porcelain, a material I know well, with bread. Bread dough is in many ways similar to clay, but the final products, bread and ceramic, can be viewed as semiotic opposites. I made hand built structures in porcelain, into which I baked bread. The rising dough must conform to the rigid porcelain, and the organic element of yeast adds an unpredictable and living contrast to the sterile ceramic. I let the materials evolve together to form sculptures where both have an equal importance for the final shape.”
Exhibition: Converging Paths, Objects and Selves, May 13 – June 10, 2016
Venue: NARS Foundation, 201 46th Street 4th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220, www.narsfoundation.org

Exhibition at NARS Foundation New York

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May 13 – June 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13th, 6-8pm

The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present, Converging Paths, Objects and Selves, an exhibition featuring selections from the work of 2016 Season II International Artist Residency Participants: Hua Bai, Gunilla Daga, Cecilia Enberg, Cecilia Jansson, Jenny Laiwint, Bundith Phunsombat, Julie Trudel and Alisha Wessler.  The assembled works, a number produced at NARS, represent the divergent and distinct artistic approaches that have together formed a community, over the course of three to six months in South Brooklyn.

Cecilia receives Örebro Countys Culture Prize 2015

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Foto Lennart Lundkvist Artikel i NA

”Cecilia Jansson is an artist who, with courage and strong commitment, has made trans boundary her hallmark. Ceramic may be considered as her basic material, but excursions into other techniques are many and performed with impressive craftsmanship. Cecilia Jansson seems, despite being constantly courted by media, to maintain calm in her oeuvre. She simply stands with her feet firmly on the ground, sometimes dressed in dungarees and a welding helmet, sometimes stitching with silk thread barely visible to the eye.” -Carl Olsson (Translated from Swedish)

Regionstyrelsens motivering till årets kulturpris.

Cecilia Jansson, sedan många år tillbaka bosatt i Örebro, är konstnären som med mod och starkt engagemang har gjort gränsöverskridandet till sitt signum. Medialt fick Cecilia stor uppmärksamhet då hon 2009-11 arbetade med konstutsmyckning på Kumlafängelset tillsammans med internerna. I Open Art 2015 återknöt Cecilia till detta arbete genom installationen NU, som bestod av projicering av film, ljud och utsmyckade plåtar från Kumlafängelset.

Utöver ett starkt socialt patos slås man av Cecilias fantastiska mångsidighet i det konstnärliga uttrycket. Keramiken får betraktas som hennes grunduttryck, men utflykterna till andra tekniker är många och utförs med en imponerande hantverksskicklighet. Genom sina många resor till Kina förstärktes Cecilias respekt för själva hantverket, samtidigt som hon inte kunde låta bli att utmana konventioner hos de kinesiska eleverna. Att ge mer utrymme för fantasi och kreativitet blev Cecilias bidrag i det sammanhanget.

Cecilias mångsidighet innebär också en lång meritlista som inte görs rättvisa på detta utrymme. Utöver vad som redan nämnts bör tilläggas att hon varit verksam som lärare på Örebro Konstskola, att hon var ”livetecknare” på Teater Martin Mutters föreställning ”Nu är jag här” och att hon tillsammans med intagna på kriminalvårdsanstalten i Kumla arbetat fram installationen ”Yggdrasil” på ”Konst på Hög”. Hon kommer under 2015 även att delta i Venedigbiennalen.

Cecilia Jansson tycks, trots en ständigt uppvaktande omvärld, behålla lugnet i sitt konstnärskap. Hon står helt enkelt med fötterna stadigt på jorden, ibland iklädd arbetsoverall och svetshjälm, ibland pillande med silkestrådar som knappt är synliga för ögat. Dessutom med ett socialt engagemang som aldrig kommer att slockna. Närmast i tur står att skapa konstverk tillsammans med bostadslösa i Brooklyn, New York.

Cecilia Jansson tilldelas Region Örebro läns Kulturpris 2015.

Cecilia Jansson nominerad till NA´s Kulturpris 2015

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Priset ska gå till en eller flera personer ”i ett aktivt skapande skede av hög klass inom något eller några av traditionella konstnärliga områdena, eller är aktiv och framstående inom forskning inom nämnda områden”.

Cecilia Jansson. Storartad och egensinnig konstnär som ser till att sprida sin konst på de mest skilda platser. Under det gångna året har hon arbetat med internerna på Kumlaanstalten, gjort ett konstverk av nycklar till Kvarntorpshögen i Kumla, visat film på årets Open Art och dessutom varit representerad på Venedigbiennalen.

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Cecilia Jansson installing at SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice

SWATCH FACES Installation view

SWATCH FACES Installation view

SWATCH FACES studio, work in progress.

SWATCH FACES studio, work in progress.

Installing the series of silkcarpets "Zhinü´s sisters" Photo Annci Gustavsson Andersson

Installing the series of hand knotted silk carpets ”Zhinü´s sisters” Photo Annci Gustavsson Andersson

Installing silkcarpets at SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice. Photo Annci Gustavsson Andersson

Installing silkcarpets at SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice. Photo Annci Gustavsson

Zhinü´s sisters 1 and 3 detail. Handknotted silkcarpets.

Zhinü´s sisters 1 and 3, detail. Handknotted silkcarpets. More info about the silk carpets

Installing, with assistance from Andreas Vesterlund at SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice. Photo Annci Gustavsson Andersson

Installing, with assistance from Andreas Vesterlund at SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice. Photo Annci Gustavsson Andersson

Installation view SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice 2015 Work in progress.

Installation view SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice 2015 Work in progress.

Installation view SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice 2015 Work in progress. Detail of drawing and stitching.

Installation view SWATCH FACES Arsenale nord Venice 2015 Work in progress. Detail of drawing and stitching.

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Cecilia will show and work with her art on-site until Nov 22

SWATCH FACES Venice Biennale Arsenale nord 2015

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Swatch, the main partner of la Biennale Arte 2015, has invited Cecilia Jansson to participate in SWATCH FACES 2015 and to exhibit her work and create new works in the brand’s pavilion at Tesa 100 in the Arsenale nord in Venice November 1 – 22 , during the 56th International Art Exhibition.

Taking up its Swatch Faces theme, Swatch will present art as a force for change in the work of artists-in-residence from The Swatch Art Peace Hotel. From May through November 2015, selected artists-in-residence will be working “live” as guests of Swatch at TESA 100.

The 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale opens on May 9th and closes on November 22nd.