The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, presents Salty Sap Green Black, Ida Ekblad`s first U.S. solo exhibition.
Ekblad (born 1980) is an artist currently living and working in Oslo, Norway. Her sculptural works: The Gold Bug Drift (NYC) are based on "drifts" in a given city, for Salty Sap Green Black the city is New York.
Like William Legrand in Edgar Allen Poe`s The Gold Bug, Ekblad has been bitten by a bug that has led her onto a path of unexpected undertakings; a form of modern day piracy. The gems and treasures gleaned from her "drifts"
are laid to rest in vessels of concrete at the time of discovery and carried around the city in the course of production until her sculptures are achieved. The resulting works thus becoming the poetic attestations of her
performative actions, unlike the "drift" itself, which Ekblad describes as the unequivocal treasure, the act of deconstructing habits of experiencing and discovering an area or a city.
Ekblad received a Masters degree from the National Academy of Art, Oslo in 2007 and attended the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Favoured Nations: 5th North Biennial of
Contemporary Art, Norway, What Leaf? What Mushroom? at New Jerseyy, Basel, Febermalerier at Gaudel De Stampa, Paris, Younger Than Jesus at The New Museum, New York, In Exile of The Mineral Kingdom at Annen Etage, Oslo, Woman under The Influence at Alessandro de March, Milan and Dark Continents at MOCA Miami.
This fall she will be included in the three person group show, Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York.
The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday 12-6pm.