Three quick questions with Karl Georg Staffan Björk
We continue our series of three quick questions, and today we are talking to the artist Karl Georg Staffan Björk. His piece "Uitzicht" was chosen as this year's cover image!
Hi Karl Georg Staffan! Who are you?
I am a swedish artist living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Recently I have mainly been making site specific sculptural installations that deal with and reflect upon situations that alter human perception; situations where scale, position, structure and function have an impact on our spatial awareness, both in real-time and as perceived through a memory or a thought.
Could you tell us a little bit about 'Uitzicht'?
"Uitzicht" (Dutch for 'view') is an installation based on my (infrequent) longing for the nature of my homeland Sweden and all its characteristic features; a wild and varied landscape, huge forests and steep hills, specific flora and fauna, fragrances and sounds (silence), and distinct seasons. But at the same time, it is an interpretation of the Dutch landscape; a landscape that is predominantly artificial – based on land reclamation and strict planning for maximum utilisation of land in terms of infrastructure such as housing, agriculture, transportation and recreation.
Based on this mixture – lack, fascination and longing – the installation was made as a contribution to the semi-artificial Dutch society, by means of transforming a memory of a viewpoint (in reality located in my hometown Huskvarna in Sweden) into an actual site in Amsterdam.
"Uitzicht" thus formulates a response to the typically Dutch phenomenon 'polder' (to reclaim land areas from the sea); establishing an artificial hillside inside of a residential building in the middle of an Amsterdam suburb, about 5 meters below sea level. The basic structure of the viewpoint consists of the floors and walls of the Modernist housing complex 'Het Breed' in Buikslotermeer – an area which itself is located in a 'polder'. The installation forms a scenography based on a personal memory, which is simultaneously complemented by the viewers' experiences, impressions and ideas of this suddenly non-Dutch landscape.
What do you look forward to the most at Supermarket?
Although I won't attend Supermarket this year I know that all these great big and small alternative art spaces will get together, meet and present their work for each other and the public, where the main goal is to get to know each other and inspire!
Click here for more of Karl Georg Staffan's work.