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Untitled (Smoke Sign)

Untitled (Smoke Sign), 2017 - Karl Holmqvist

about this work

Karl Holmqvist made this image with a lighter; like the graffiti left on the bus stops, this utopian message becomes rebellious prose and ultimately in pious wish.

The artist suggests to hang this edition to the ceiling - without frame.


about Karl Holmqvist

Karl Holmqvist is an artist whose primary material is language. His inventive re-renderings of words and phrases take various forms including artist’s books, posters, wall drawings, sculpture, videos and live performances. Borrowing from generic types of speech or written word, ranging from common sayings to literary references, from popular music to political activism, Holmqvist repositions these sampled fragments in new contexts, allowing for ambiguity and double meanings to emerge.

(courtesy of Camden Arts Centre)

Karl Homqvist's work is shown internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre d' Art Contemporain, Gevena; Camden Art Centre, London; Argos, Brussels; and The Power Station, Dallas. Recent group exhibitions include Moderna Museet, Stockholm; KW, Berlin, Museo Berardo, Lisbon; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Serpentine, London; and MoMA, New York. Holmqvist also participated in the 2003 and 2011 Venice Biennial. 

Karl Homqvist is represented by the following galleries; 
click through to discover more of his work. 

dépendance, Brussels

Neu, Berlin

Gavin Brown, New York / Rome

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