HelsinkiJohannes Hägglund: Falla
Johannes Hägglund (b. 1993) gives primary emphasis to composition. Covering every inch of the pictorial surface, the compositional elements swallow up the entire canvas, even appearing to extend beyond it. Abandoning depth, his abstract paintings have an organic structure that revolves purely around form and color. His brushstrokes are alive with energy and motion, evoking a pulse of energy that spills over the edges of the canvas. He surprisingly transforms a simple circle by adding two dashes and curves – producing a classic smiley. Sometimes he cuts the shapes midway through a pattern, infusing the piece with a sense of temporality.
Hägglund’s repertoire of visual allusions ranges from high-culture ornament to contemporary iconography such as emojis, bicycles, crayons and Basset Allsorts wine gums. Color plays a prominent role in his work, using fresh hues to create shapes such as ovals, circles and squares. His forms are never quite perfect, however. Avoiding a polished finish, Hägglund makes no effort to disguise random drips and splashes, giving free reign to chance and intuition.
Johannes Hägglund studied at the Gerlesborg School in Stockholm and he is currently completing his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art. He has shown his work at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts’ bachelor degree exhibition in 2018, at Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm in 2017 and at Galerie Forsblom Stockholm in 2018.Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Forsblom