Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson is a naturalist who has repositioned his fascination with nature into the art world, over time becoming an accomplished amateur expert. Focusing on the minutiae of nature, but often presented on a grand scale, his projects combine the interests of a biologist, an ethnologist, and an artist, recalling the 19th-century explorers who documented the natural and cultural riches of then little-known lands and unknown environments. Håkansson is fascinated with the "organized randomness" of the world around us, and he uses methods of observation, collecting, and categorizing to create a body of work that examines humankind's relation to nature in a philosophical and poetic way. Håkansson varies this expression by utilizing an array of media, including film, photography, sound, and installation, often featuring live plants and animals.
Håkansson has a prolific history of exhibitions and recent solo shows include Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; MIMA Sound Space, Middlesbrough, UK; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK. This year his work was included in the 19th Biennale of Sydney You Imagine What You Desire; in 2011 he exhibited at Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan; in 2005 The Bird Concert Part 1 (Carduelis Carduelis) was presented at Frieze Art Fair; and in 2003 he participated in the São Paulo Biennial and the 50th Venice Biennale. Group shows include La carte d'après nature (2011), curated by Thomas Demand and Radical Nature, Barbican Centre, London (2009). He was the Swedish representative at the Venice Biennale in 1997.
Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Conversations on Art & Science lecture series.
“Nature as art; The End to close Biennale of Sydney,” thegaurdian.com
“Review: Henrik Håkansson,” Frieze, by Mark Prince