The spring and summer exhibition at Färgfabriken takes takes it’s point of departure in the past to talk about contemporary times. The exhibition takes place exactly 50 years after the now symbolic spring of 1968, and it reflects both historical events and the time we live in now.
The exhibition brings together artists from a generation who share a common experience. They are all, in different ways, children of idealists, grown up in "alternative" left-wing environments under the so-called green wave in the 1970s and early 1980s. They are children of a generation who wanted to create a different way of life. These artists learned early in life to decode the alternative norm, and through art it became possible for them to express it’s complexity.
You could say that this is an existential, or even biodynamic exhibition: a composition of the Greek bios [life] and dynamis [force, energy]. The simple idea is to establish a perspective that informs and puts their art in a new context, while highlighting something that we all have in common. Perhaps this means that both the painful and the beautiful from the artist’s upbringing can emerge into a new light.
The artists are now well-established and belong to a generation of parents who face a double desire – they know what it means to be at once outside and part of a society, and can relate to both conventional and alternative norms.