Galleri Magnus Karlsson presents the sixth solo exhibition by Thomas Broomé: The Eaters. New sculptures, objects, installations and paintings are on view in the exhibition.
Thomas Broomé (b. 1971) moves readily between techniques in his very own universe. With curiosity and thirst for knowledge he retrieves information and fuel from art history, science and philosophy. His interdisciplinary research turns into paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos and installations that mix logic with a little bit of madness.
With Modern Mantra (2005) Broomé began to create images with letters and words through repetition, which has become closely associated with his artistry. From the first black and white drawings, the work has expanded into paintings, three-dimensional sculptures as well as installations. Broomé has also used new techniques and developed a method in which the hand and digital technology work together in fruitful symbiosis.
In previous exhibitions, he has penetrated into the artistry of others and explored the relationship between artist, work and person. In The Guest (2012) he searched for Ingmar Bergman’s persona in a series of paintings and a film recorded in the house at Fårö. A few years later, the exhibition Pieces of Andy (2014) revolved around a fascination with the private life of Andy Warhol and his estate. Two works that in different ways settled with the myth of the great artist genius. In the latest exhibition at the gallery, Breaking Point (2015), he turned his gaze inward, and toward our time’s destructive quest for the ideal and unattainable.
The new exhibition, The Eaters, explores the creative process in various ways. Broomé recycles pieces from his own oeuvre and refers to famous works from Swedish and international art history. Here, the focus is on the very essence of creation, which in Broomé’s world turns into a joyful metabolism. Art is consumed with good appetite and its content is transformed, broken down and gives birth to new ideas. In a text written by Thomas Broomé for the exhibition, he returns to the time when he worked in the kitchen instead of the studio.
When I was at culinary school and we were boiling meat stock in gigantic pots, something I had never seen or done before, we would chuck in all the leftovers that weren’t garbage: vegetable peel, meat, bones, tendons from cleaning a steak, and any other tasty morsels that could add flavour to the ever-simmering pot that would sometimes cook for days. Nothing was wasted, and I really liked that process. Then, when we felt it was done (or when our teacher told us) we strained off whatever was still, surprisingly, solid and began reducing the liquid by boiling it violently, until all that remained was something we called meat glaze. This tasty and complex gelatinous substance was then used in our daily cooking to add flavour to a variety of dishes. A little goes a long way, or a lot becomes very little.
I often compare my artistic practice to making stock; I collect small fragments of ideas and observations that are boiled down, mashed together into a not always that appetising obsession. I never know what will captivate me or sometimes even why. But here I am, with my meat glaze, somewhat disappointed by this jelly-like, brown, umami-smelling idea. Should this really fascinate me, eat my time for what currently seems like an unfathomable future?
Thomas Broomé was born 1971 in Malmö, Sweden. He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He is educated at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design (1997–1999) and Valand Academy (1993–1997). He worked for a long time as an artist together with the Interactive Institute in Stockholm. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in Sweden and internationally. He is represented by Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm and Bendana Pinel Art Contemporain in Paris, France. He has done several public commissions, e.g. Hermès in Shanghai, China and Drawing Hotel in Paris, France. Selected solo exhibitions: Bendana Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, France (2017, 2013, 2010), Hermès Liat Towers, Singapore (2016), Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden (2015, 2014, 2012, 2008 and 2006), Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden (2013), The Armory Show, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, New York, US (2011), Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden (2009), Market Art Fair, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Sweden (2006), Borås Museum of Modern Art, Sweden (2006). Selected group exhibitions: The Gotland Museum, Visby, Sweden (2018), Strandverket, Marstrand, Sweden (2017) Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2016, 2006), Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Netherlands (2013), Hillstrom Art Hall, Minnesota, US (2013), Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia (2012), The Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden (2008), Borås Museum of Modern Art, Borås, Sweden (2006), Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden (2006), Dunkers kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden (2004), Hlemmur Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2004) Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile (2004), Avesta Art, Avesta, Sweden (2004), Ludwig museum, Budapest, Hungary (2004), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2003), Museu da Casa Brasileira, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2003), Malmö konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2002), Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden (2001). His work is represented in the collections such as Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden, Borås Museum of Modern Art, Sweden, The Public Art Agency Sweden as well as in numerous regional and county councils.Photo/courtesy: Galleri Magnus Karlsson