After exhibiting in Stockholm, Vancouver, Istanbul and Houston, Klingberg was invited by the Times Museum in Guangzhou to show her “Brand New View” (2003 - ）series here. For this exhibit, the artist collected a wide array of consumer logos and images from shops and local supermarkets around the route of Guangzhou Tram. These images are then sampled, repeated, mirrored and transformed in other ways to create a giant mandala pattern.
As globalization increasingly permeates the world, the differences between places are gradually diminished, according to the artist. Meanwhile, the process of production and consumption of goods creates an ever-present phenomenon of consumer culture that controls people’s desires and tastes and forms the dominant ideology for a portion of the population.
About the Artist
Gunilla Klingberg was born in 1966 in Stockholm, where she works. She was educated at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, and the Berghs School of Communication. In 2003 she participated in the Venice Biennial (with Peter Geschwind) and in 2007 in the Istanbul Biennial. She was included in the Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2013), the 1st Biennial of Art, Nature and Urbanism, Gernika, Bermeo, Spain (2012) and the Biennale for International Light Art, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (2010). She has had solo presentations at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2014), Rice Gallery, Houston (2013), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (both 2013), Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen (2009), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (both 2009) and Kiasma, Helsinki (2004). Her works have been on view in group exhibitions at CAN - Centre d'art Neuchatel (2012), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museo Tamayo Mexico City (both 2011), and The National Museum.
Artist: Gunilla Klingberg
Curator: Veronica Wong
Venue: Party Pier Station, Guangzhou Tram
Time: Through October 7