Welcome to the opening of the exhibition Thinking Through Painting, Part 1.

Saturday August 23 at 11am-4pm (opening speech at 1pm) at the Royal Academy of  Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm.

Participants: Kristina Bength, Marc Handelman, David Reed, Jan Rydén, Sigrid Sandström, Wendy White, and curator/theorist Jonatan Habib Engqvist.

Thinking Through Painting consists of Kristina Bength, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Jan Rydén and Sigrid Sandström:

”We want to explore painting as way of thinking and creating meaning. We are interested in the alternation specific to painting between on the one hand concept-based thinking in language, and on the other an embodied mode of thinking through material, space, perception and painting as activity. The project is an on-going investigation since 2009 and encompasses workshops, studio visits, travel, meetings and interviews of other artists who work with painting.”

In the exhibition at the Royal Academy they have asked the three invited American artists and themselves the question: How would you visualize painting as a mode of thinking within your practice? The exhibition is divided into two periods.

After the first period the installation is renegotiated and parts of the exhibition will change.

The Book 
In Studio Talks: Thinking Through Painting 2009-2014, the group has transcribed, translated and edited long conversations between the group and several of the artists, theorists and other colleagues that we have met these last four years. Among others, they have spoken to: Fredrik Liew, Kristina Jansson, Monika Marklinger, Håkan Nilsson, David Reed, Håkan Rehnberg, Hanneline Rogeberg, Susanna Slöör and Wendy White. The book also holds essays by Jonna Bornemark, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen and Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback. This book is not only a documentation of Thinking Through Painting, it is the hub around which the exhibition and public talks are activated. 
The book will be released in conjunction to the exhibition´s opening and generate a number of seminars and talks during the exhibition period, including artist-talks and an improvised lecture on improvisation with the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

Kristina Bength, www.kristinabength.se 
Marc Handelman, www.marchandelman.com 
David Reed, www.davidreedstudio.com 
Jan Rydén, www.janryden.com 
Sigrid Sandström, www.sigridsandstrom.com 
Wendy White, www.wendywhite.net

The project has been made possible through generous support from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (KU funding), Stiftelsen Framtiden, the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet and the city of Stockholm.

For further information or images please contact Jonatan Habib Engqvist, jonatan[at]philosophy.se


David_ReedDavid Reed, Working drawing #617, p. 3, 2003-2011 (detail). Courtesy of the artist.


23 August 2014 at 11-4pm 
Opening of Thinking Through Painting, part 1

24 August 2014 at 2pm
Public talk with Wendy White (in English)

5 September 2014 at 5-9pm
Evening about improvisation with French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. (In English) Followed by an improvised concert with Jean-Luc Nancy (voice), Jesper Eriksson (saxophone), Peter Schuback (cello), Kristoffer Linder (percursion), Davor Kajfes (piano)

4 October 2014 at 11-4pm
Opening of Thinking Through Painting, part 2 and book release

5 October 2014 at 2pm
Public talk with Marc Handelman (in English)

Wednesdays 15, 22 and 29 October 2014 at 6pm 

Public conversations with invited guests, details to be announced.