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I Walk Under the Trees

Exhibition  /  10 Apr 2021  -  09 May 2021
Published: 25.03.2021
Galleri Floras Rike
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Intro
An exhibition of art jewellery and art photography inspired by the Gotheburg Botanical Gardens. Five local artists, five different voices, invited to look for inspiration by the gardens, as well as the title of the project ”I walk under the trees”. A collaborative exhibition, showing new individual artworks, developed during 2020/21.
 

Artist list

Sofia Bankeström, Staffan Jonsson, Li Liang, Sanna Wallgren, Hendrik Zeitler
An exhibition of art jewellery and art photography inspired by the Gotheburg Botanical Gardens.
The exhibition is curated by Hnoss Initiative and is made in collaboration with Botanical Gardens, and it is part of Gothenburg Craft Days that take place at the end of the exhibition period, 6-9 of May.


Artist statement for the project: 
Li Liang

For me, there are two parts in the existence of a tree. One part is quite tangible and visible above the ground, the other is hidden deep under the ground and only rarely seen. When I walk through the forest, when the broken dead branches creak from footsteps, the trees will also direct my attention to the ground under my feet. The roots wind under the ground, they absorb nutrients and water from the soil so that the tree can grow. A tree’s canopy and its roots exist in two completely different environments. The canopy responds to the calling of the sun, and the roots reach out to the water source. Each is completing a task given by nature.

Staffan Jonsson
In this work, my starting point has been a literal interpretation of walking under the trees. My works are physical representations of thoughts that I’ve had during walks. I have thought of trees as individuals and as worlds in themselves. I have thought of life and death and what a beginning, an end, and a continuation are. Through five different works I’ve looked at the cyclical, the temporary, and the “eternal”, which is what life means to me.

Sofia Bankeström
During a visit to the greenhouse, the Toromiro tree caught my attention. This small tree is extinct in the wild and has through winding routes found its way to Gothenburg Botanical Garden. Through this work, the history of Easter Island, which is marked by colonialism and exploitation, has become visible to me, and the tree has become a symbol of a lost world. In my works the tree has adapted in order to defend itself – a different ending can be glimpsed.
 
Sanna Wallgren
I think of parks as hybrids between the city and nature. By creating an ordered environment we can take nature into the city and bring it closer to man. In my work, I use the anodisation technique, which has a strong connection with outdoor activities and sporting equipment. In this project, I wanted to explore an expression close to vegetation, and I have taken a starting point in foliation’s repetition of forms. This, in combination with materials that have a connotation of man’s attraction to nature, has resulted in the objects in this exhibition.

Hendrik Zeitler
The main purposes of botanical gardens is education, research, and preservation – in my picture series I have portrayed cultivated plants that visitors often meet for the first time. Where these are grown, they are often seen as the greatest threats to biodiversity and are treated with pesticides that are a direct threat to the people who harvest them, and they often require a lot of water in already dry areas. One of the plants, however, is victim to mankind’s rampage – through sheep-grazing and deforestation the species has been decimated to a few examples right here.
 
Sofia Bankeström. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2020. Copper, teeth.. 22 x 23 cm. Photo by: Sofia Bankeström. Wreath/Neckpiece.. Sofia Bankeström
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2020
Copper, teeth.
22 x 23 cm
Photo by: Sofia Bankeström
Wreath/Neckpiece.

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Sofia Bankeström. Brooch: Untitled, 2021. Copper, teeth.. 5.5 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Sofia Bankeström. Sofia Bankeström
Brooch: Untitled, 2021
Copper, teeth.
5.5 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Sofia Bankeström
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Hendrik Zeitler. Photograph: Easter Island Tree – Sophora toromiro, 2021. Paper. 70 x 70 cm. Photo by: Hendrik Zeitler. Unique camera-less photograph.. Hendrik Zeitler
Photograph: Easter Island Tree – Sophora toromiro, 2021
Paper
70 x 70 cm
Photo by: Hendrik Zeitler
Unique camera-less photograph.
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Hendrik Zeitler
. Photograph: Cotton - Gossypium barbadense, 2021. 70 x 70 cm. Unique cameraless photograph: Original photogram and reproduction by Hendrik Zeitler. . Hendrik Zeitler

Photograph: Cotton - Gossypium barbadense, 2021
70 x 70 cm
Unique cameraless photograph: Original photogram and reproduction by Hendrik Zeitler.
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Staffan Jonsson. Brooch: Instinct/The permanent marks we leave in each other, 2020. Old Engraving-chisel with hand-carved handle, old screw, 18 karat gold.. Photo by: Staffan Jonsson. Staffan Jonsson
Brooch: Instinct/The permanent marks we leave in each other, 2020
Old Engraving-chisel with hand-carved handle, old screw, 18 karat gold.
Photo by: Staffan Jonsson
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Staffan Jonsson. Pin: Part of something, 2021. 18k gold, piece of ribcage from a cow.. 25 x 30 x 3 cm. Pin/earring. . Staffan Jonsson
Pin: Part of something, 2021
18k gold, piece of ribcage from a cow.
25 x 30 x 3 cm
Pin/earring.
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Li Liang. Necklace: Hugs, 2020. Aluminium, paint.. Photo by: Liang Li. Li Liang
Necklace: Hugs, 2020
Aluminium, paint.
Photo by: Liang Li
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Sanna Wallgren. Necklace: Urban Botanics, 2020-2021. Anodized aluminium.. Photo by: Sanna Wallgren. Sanna Wallgren
Necklace: Urban Botanics, 2020-2021
Anodized aluminium.
Photo by: Sanna Wallgren
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