Jockum NordströmAnläggning (Facility)2022watercolour and collage on paper77 x 100 cm
Jockum NordströmÖnskebrunn (Wishing Well)2021coins, cardboard, wire, metal hanger, collage76 x 70 x 45 cm
Jockum NordströmNere i änget (Down in the Meadow)2022watercolour and collage on paper47 x 121 cm
Jockum NordströmHundarna sover (Dogs Are Sleeping)2022watercolour on paper76 x 122,5 cm
Jockum NordströmEk (Oak)2022watercolour and collage on paper109 x 76,5 cm
Jockum NordströmÅskan gick (The Thunder Passed)2022pencil on paper32 x 48 cm
Jockum NordströmSkolan genom fönstret (School through the Window)2021cardboard, wood, metal hanger, wire, eraser, crayon, collage66 x 45 x 38 cm
Jockum NordströmCastor och Pollux (Castor and Pollux)2022pencil on paper64 x 48 cm
Jockum NordströmOverstelöjtnant (Lieutenant Colonel)2022pencil on paper64 x 48 cm
Jockum NordströmNattljus (Night Light)2022watercolour on paper99 x 69 cm
Jockum NordströmApotek (Pharmacy)2022watercolour and collage on paper77 x 150 cm
Jockum NordströmStora salen (The Main Hall)2021matchboxes, coins, cardboard, wire, collage75 x 47 x 25,5 cm
Jockum NordströmFodret i min jacka (The Lining of My Jacket)2022watercolour on paper150,5 x 77 cm
Jockum NordströmÄngen (The Meadow)2022watercolour and collage on paper145 x 76 cm
Jockum NordströmAtt komma ihåg (se souvenir)2021wood, metal hanger, cardboard, wire, matchbox, collage168 x 79 x 18,5 cm
Jockum NordströmThousand Belongs to the Night2022watercolour on paper66 x 44 cm
Jockum NordströmDrunkare (Drunkard)2022watercolour and collage on paper101 x 77 cm
Jockum NordströmHär (Here)2022watercolour and collage on paper96,5 x 127 cm
Jockum NordströmStilleben, ljuset släckt (Still Life, Light off)2022watercolour on paper57 x 76 cm
Jockum NordströmHistorien från skogen (The Story from the Forest)2022watercolour on paper150,5 x 76 cm
Jockum NordströmSuset i skogen (Wind in the Forest)2022watercolour and collage on paper77 x 100 cm
Jockum NordströmTjänstemän och affärer (Officials and Deals)2022pencil on paper29 x 42 cm
Jockum NordströmAtt sova (to Sleep)2022wood, metal hanger, coins, wire, pencil, string instrument127 x 41 x 97 cm
Jockum NordströmEn försvunnen egendom (A Lost Property)2022pencil on paper44 x 51 cm
Jockum NordströmSkafferi (Pantry)2022pencil on paper48 x 64 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery, AntwerpInstallation view
Wishing Well is Jockum Nordström’s fourth solo exhibition at Zeno X Gallery. The show consists of recent collages, drawings and sculptures.
The new pencil drawings and watercolour collages build on the motifs and imagination that mark Nordström’s oeuvre: characters, fauna and flora in extraordinary scenery and unusual situations. Each work consists of different elements which have been sourced from reality or have sprung from Nordström’s fantasies and desires. His observations of the vast Scandinavian landscape are the inspiration for his more abstract collages.
The narrative is an important aspect in the artist’s practice. The stories are often inspired by everyday observations, with a focus on human relationships and the setting in which they take place. Today, the artist mainly works in Gotland – a remote place in Sweden – making natural elements increasingly prominent in his work, as in Ek (Oak) and Suset i skogen (Wind in the forest). In Barndom (Childhood), Nordström refers to the modernist blocks in the suburbs of Stockholm where he grew up.
Nordström’s work method has remained constant: he cuts, paints or draws elements from different worlds and eras before bringing them together in his own story. For instance, the three figures in Drunkare (Drunkard) are based on characters from different periods, myths or folklores. The elegant and meticulously composed fragments form a mysterious world that flirts with the sinister.
Central to this exhibition are the new mobile sculptures. The sculptures produce their own sound but are also accompanied by musical fragments. All materials have been recycled from his studio. The work Wishing Well, which lends its name to the title of the exhibition, refers to the coins he found in his studio and used to balance the sculptures.
Jockum Nordström is currently working on a solo exhibition that will open at Liljevalchs konsthall (Stockholm) in the spring of 2023. Recently, he had institutional exhibitions at La Criée centre d’art contemporain (Rennes) in 2021 and at the Skissernas Museum (Lund) in 2020.
Work by the artist has entered the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), Göteborgs Konstmuseum (Gothenburg), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Magasin III (Stockholm), Moderna Museet (Stockholm) and others.