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Jockum Nordström

°1963, Stockholm (SE) – lives and works in Stockholm (SE) 

Jockum Nordström makes fragile collages and graphite drawings in which he evokes a surprising universe, populated with old school sailors, jazz musicians, delicately chronicled flora and fauna, ships and noblemen from past epochs. By consequently using the techniques of drawing and collage, the elegant and carefully composed fragments form a mysterious world, flirting even with the sinister. While looking at Nordström’s work, these excerpts and particularly their very specific mode of representation, trigger our imagination and stories start to develop like fine, curving lines. These stories can take the shape of fairytales, but mostly take on more complex forms questioning modern day alienation. The same moving fragility can be discovered in his sculptures, small scale models of an obsolete modernist dream showing the empty space behind the façade and the breakable, cardboard skeleton.

(courtesy of Zeno X)

Jockum Nordström had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lille; Camden Arts Centre, London; Institut Suédois, Paris; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. He has also participated in several group exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; SFMOMA, San Francisco; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Work by Jockum Nordström is represented in museum collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Jockum Nordström is represented by the following galleries;
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Zeno X, Antwerp 

Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm

David Zwirner, New York / London / Paris / Hong Kong