STOCKHOLM.- Cecilia Hillström Gallery
is presenting Per Wizéns first solo exhibition at the gallery, Subterranean. Wizén creates intriguing paper collages using fragments of reproductions of historical art works, where the content of the work shifts in relation to the source, pinpointing hidden meanings and underlying tensions. In his series Subterranean, Wizén's starting point has been Lewis Carroll's books about Alice; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Using the reproductions of John Tenniel's original drawings for the books from 1865 and 1871, Wizén opens up an entirely new interpretation of the relationship between Alice and the White Knight and emphasizes the uncanny qualities in Carroll's texts.
After exhibiting some of the works-in-progress over the past years, Wizén presents for the first time the completed works of the first part of the series; Horse Around and Smoke and Mirrors. This time, the meticulously made collages have been transferred to photogravures, echoing the technique in the original drawings by Tenniel. Capturing the ambivalence in the tales of Alice and her adventures, Per Wizén focuses on the unreadable rather than the explicit story of the childrens book.
The exhibition is accompanied by a text written by artist and poet Leif Holmstrand.
Per Wizén (b. 1966 and based in Malmö) holds an MFA from Malmö Art Academy. Recent solo shows include Skissernas Museum - Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, Lund, and Malmö Art Museum. His work has also been featured at Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, National Museum of Art, Stockholm, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Turku Art Museum, Finland, and at Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, to name a few. In addition, Wizén's work has been presented at major venues such as Art Basel and The Armory Show.