2014.09.04 - 2014.11.02

Ylva Ogland - Diverse Variations of Other Spaces

Röda Sten Konsthall is proud to present this years fall exhibition Diverse Variations of Other Spaces by one of Sweden’s most renowned contemporary artists, Ylva Ogland. Consisting of more than 75 paintings, various scaled installations and a number of ceremonial acts, the exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date of Ylva Ogland’s collected oeuvre.

Mastering the art of painting since early age, Ylva Ogland uses the language of painting to explore her recalled experiences and inner worlds, extending a field of personal mythologies. Her work spans a wide range from still lives assembled with familiar objects from her childhood, figure paintings often using herself and her mirror-twin Snöfrid as subjects, to performancelike rituals and sculptural objects.

Echoing an atmosphere of melancholia and spiritualism the sum of Ogland’s work is a complex layered imagery that bounces between real autobiographical events, pure fiction and notions of the subconscious. Ultimately Ogland’s quest is bound to explore the physical, mental and philosophical definitions of time and space. As she puts it herself: “I want the past and the future to be present in my work, at the same time”


Mirrors, variations and heterotopias

The title of the exhibition – Diverse Variations of Other Spaces – is composed as a compilation of two influential references in Ylva Ogland’s practice. The first one being Johann Sebastian Bach’s noted piano aria popularly called “The Goldberg Variations” (originally Clavierübungen) (1741), which explores the complexities of nuanced repetitions. The second one being the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s text “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (1967), in which he describes the concept of“heterotopia”.

Foucault illustrate his concept in multiple ways. In one example he refers to children’s play, when they invent games. They produce an imaginative space, but at the same time mirror the physical realities around them. A bed can become a boat or a sandbox a whole universe. Another of Foucault’s core examples of the heterotopian space is the mirror in itself. In the mirror, you see yourself while you are in fact in another place. By these examples Foucault highlights the meaning of the “heterotopia” as a space of intangible otherness. A particular type of space that reflects the slippage between the familiar and the unfamiliar between reality and utopia.

In Diverse Variations of Other Spaces Ylva Ogland exhibits a selection of motifs portraying universal but also deeply personal topics such as birth, life and death. By working in an intuitively, serial and mirroring method of painting Ogland references both Bach and Foucault as she examines various ideas of the heterotopian spaces. She uses, for example, the placentas of her own children, an architectural structure based on a replica of her oldest daughter’s childtipi, and the body of her deceased father as visual representatives of such spaces.

For Röda Sten Konsthall Ogland has developed a new site specific work - a largescale floor installation entitled The Birth of Xenia (Diverse Variations) and Diverse Variations of Other Spaces, which is located in the Cathedral space and will act as a core work in the exhibition. The piece consists of a monumental oil painted canvas measuring 10 x 8,7 meters and painted on site as a bright red pictogram. Along the sides of the canvas 30 easels with equally many paintings from the series The Birth of Xenia, Diverse Variations are placed. The paintings face towards the centre of the canvas creating a semi-closed room, which Ogland will use as a ”active painter’s studio” to work on the 30 variations.

Another key work in the exhibition is the installation and tableau The Preparations of Xenia (Diverse Variations) (2013) which is on view on the 3rd floor. A doubled 7 meter long red canvas layed out on the floor as a painterly space for ceremonial intervention and integrated with symbolic objects and paintings from previous series. The piece references Ogland’s fathers consumption of heroin.

Amongst other new and recent works the exhibition also features the tipiinstallation and performance piece Le Contre Espaces, and the Preparation of the Masters of Ceremony, the mirrored diptych Looking at The Unconscious (Rock Crystal) (2014), a 1:1 mirrored version of the life size painting Pappa (2013) entitled Speglad pappa (2014), which is accompanied by 30 portrait variations of Ogland’s fathers rested face.

Influenced deeply by the masters of early renaissance art, baroque and early modernism represented by artists such as Giotto, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Matisse and Duchamp, the act of painting is for Ylva Ogland the most unobstructed way of communication. A way of bringing together various styles of imagery making and personal experiences, that allow historical and contemporary modes of thinking to parallel and intertwine across time and space.

With Diverse Variations of Other Spaces Ogland takes us on an intellectual and historical journey through her impressively rich and multilayered body of work. A journey that challenges our ideas of reality and imagination. The exhibition unfolds how Ogland’s hyperstructural and unmediated methods of working, can create a coherent and deeply personal “heterotopic Gesamtkunstwerk” for the audience to encounter.



Curator Aukje Lepoutre Ravn gives a guided tour of the exhibition!
Saturday 20.9, 4pm
Follow our curator on an exclusive guided tour through the exhibition. Get a deeper understanding of Ylva Oglands artistry and the works shown in Diverse Variations of Other Spaces.

Evening tours through the exhibition with tea and scones
Wednesday 1.10 and Wednesday 29.10, 6pm

Take a guided tour through the exhibition Diverse Variations of Other Spaces, and follow up with conversation about the works and thematic, with an art educator, over tea and scones. 

Open guided tours
Every Saturday, 4pm
One of our amazing art educators give you a guided tour through the exhibition. 



Saturdays 6.9-2.11, noon-5.30pm
For children from 3 years and their families. Create and explore different methods and materials inspired by the exhibition. Every Saturday during the exhibition period.

Ung & Skapande
Saturdays and Sundays 6.9-2.11, 1-4pm
Are you between 12-26 years of age? Join Ung & Skapande (Young & Creative) in workshops every weekend. Learn and explore different artistic methods, from sculpture to graffiti!

Friday 10.10, 6-10pm
During Kulturnatta (Gothenburg’s Cultural Night) Röda Sten Konsthall becomes the home of  superheroes and their superpowers! Create your own alter ego – what would you do as a superhero? And how would you look like? We draw, sketch and create superhero-outfits for cutout-dolls. Admission free to the exhibition Diverse Variations of Other Spaces by Ylva Ogland. Restaurang Röda Sten is open with “fika” and beverages all night.

6-9pm: Superhero-workshop
9pm: Guided tour of the exhibition, admission free 


LECTURE Elvira Dyangani Ose – GIBCA 2015!

Wednesday 24.9, 6-8pm

The curator for Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) 2015, Elvira Dyangani Ose, are visiting Gothenburg for a few days to give an open lecture and introduce the theme for next years’ huge art event! The lecture is open to the public and will start with an introduction and presentation by GIBCAs artistic leaders, Stina Edblom and Aukje Lepoutre Ravn.

Dyangani Ose usually works as curator for International Art at Tate Modern in London. She’s been assigned by Röda Sten Konsthall to create a thematic and invite artists for GIBCA, the biennale which takes place in Gothenburg September 12-November 22 2015.

The lecture will be held in English. 


Ung & Skapande für alle!

Sunday 26.10, 1-4pm

Röda Sten Konsthalls amazing youth activity Ung & Skapande (Young & Creative) are open to everyone for one day! Come visit us, create an alter ego, it doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Bring your friends, children or grandparents!