“Manuscript” Features Hand-made Work at the American Swedish Institute

Photo by Jon Dahlin.

The American Swedish Institute is offering something unique. With Manuscript: An American Swedish Institute Staff Art Exhibition, staff artists display and synchronize their artistic practices with ASI programming. Contributing artist and co-organizer, Christian Pederson Behrends, points out that Manuscript reflects “the ways our personal worlds intersect with the Institute’s annual exhibition theme: ‘The Handmade’. Manuscript nods to 2018’s theme via the title’s Latin roots: Manus, meaning by hand, and scriptus, written, or works made by hand and as such features exclusively hand-made work.”

Photo by Christian Pederson Behrends.

Regarding his own contribution to the exhibit, Behrends shares, “My work sublimates childhood delight and ambivalence using printmaking, sculpture and painting, creating a visual lexicon for adults to feast on and ponder their own love of play in a world where adults aren’t supposed to play like children. For Manuscript, I’m displaying a sculptural backpack I created out of a 2X4 inscribed with imagery inspired by kids’ secret codes, a bent steel sculpture fusing my love of dogs and playground slides and a painting about how playtime memories layer.”

Photo by Naomi Crocker.

Manuscript
Through Apr. 1
American Swedish Institute,
www.ASI.org

For more about Behrends’s work:
www.christianpb.com

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