Galleri Fagerstedt/Per Kesselmar at VoltaNY2016, Photo: David Willems
Galleri Fagerstedt/Per Kesselmar at VoltaNY2016, Photo: David Willems


Läs Sabrina Möllers intervju med Per Kesselmar i Art & Signature i samband med GALLERI FAGERSTEDTS/PER KESSELMARS kritikerrosade utställning på Volta Art Fair i New York mars 2016
Per Kesselmar shows his fascination with light in his works. In his paintings, the Stockholm-based artist mixes different shades of white paint on large sheets of metal. In his sculpture, he works with the existing exhibition space to play with reality and to create an atmosphere for the viewer. The following is an interview with Sabrina Möller, in which he explains his artistic process and his unique relationship with the viewer.
In the 1990s, you were working with colors like yellow and orange, but now your works are dominated by different shades of white. How did that come to be?

I have always been fascinated by light and very bright colors. That came very natural to me. Bright colors have been my main interest from the start. As a painter, I find it fascinating to create light… The most interesting to me is the sublime and to explore our perception: what we see and what we are.
At first glance, your paintings seem to be mostly monochrome. But you work with different layers of white paint mixed with small quantities of other colors. In the documentary about your work I’ve seen that you mix these colors directly on the surface of the painting. Why is that? Could you tell me more about what the process looks like?
Actually, I used to have all my fingers covered in paint, each a different color, which I then would mix with white. With the various colors, I can tune the white paint to a warmer or cooler tone, the way I want it to. I work in many layers and I work with the transparency to open up the space of the canvas and to see through it.
Are there certain criteria as to which color will be next?
No, the process is very intuitive. The material I work with is very important. I work with different kinds of metal. I choose colors that correspond with the material.
Instead of using canvas, you paint on iron, aluminum, brass, etc. To what extent is the surface of the material important to you and to what extent does it define your work?
I find metal very exciting to work on because of its flat surface. Moreover, metals like iron and lead appeal to me, because of there extreme contrast to the light. Metal also darker, which creates a dramatic contrast with the white. I always choose to show a bit of the material underneath at the edges.
When did you start to develop this kind of formal language? Is there a kind of an origin moment?
It was a moment when I was working on a copper plate print and I thought that the copper plate was actually much better than the print. That was at the Royal Academy in the 1980s. And since then I have been working like that.
Where does the inspiration for your works come from? Do you have a certain idea in your mind or how do you develop the subject of the work?
I want to give the viewer a sense of the present. The sublime present and the sublime reality of which we all are a part as humans. That is what I want to give the viewer. I also work with the existing room, shadows, and different kinds of objects which reflect light or make shadows. I play with reality to bring attention to what is happening in the here and now—a sort of way of guiding us to the present.
The existence of light always implies the existence of shadows. You create light in your paintings, but on the other hand you create shadows with your objects, which interact with the exhibition space. Tell me more between the interaction of the objects and the space and the connection of light and shadows.
I like to play with reality. The most important thing for me is to make an atmosphere for the viewer and not to create a single work. It’s about creating an atmosphere for the space into which you’re entering. I use the format of the exhibition to further play with reality, to paint shadows and to catch the viewer’s attention to what’s happening in the here and now.
Repetition seems to be a key characteristic of your work. Would you agree with that?
Yes, my work can be perceived as repetitive. Sometimes I feel like I’m working on the same painting year after year. However, the painting is never-ending. I see the multitude of paintings as a single continuous work.
How important are aspects such as aesthetics to your work? Do you see your works as decorative to a certain degree?
The decorative is perfectly fine with me, although I can’t say it’s my main interest. I don’t see the sublime as something decorative, but rather as a sense of belonging to the viewer.
Thank you! 
// Sabrina Möller, mars 2016.Art&Signature


VOLTA NY, the premiere art fair for emerging international art within primarily solo projects, returns to PIER 90 in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, from March 2 – 6, 2016. The fair opens in previews for the first time ever on Wednesday, March 2, immediately following previews the same day at adjacent affiliate fair The Armory Show at Piers 94 and 92.

In its most diverse edition yet since its 2008 founding stateside, VOLTA NY welcomes 100 galleries, not-for-profits, and artist-run spaces from 50 cities across four continents, together presenting a dynamic survey of innovative contemporary talent by artists from 43 nations. Two-thirds of featured galleries have exhibited in prior VOLTA editions in New York and Basel, with the addition of new participants from Fort-de-France, Reykjavik, Bucharest, Jeddah, Dallas, Harare, Dundee, Taipei, and elsewhere promoting VOLTA's international reach and mission as a truly globally conscious art fair.

“With my move to the Caribbean a few years ago, I became much more sensitive not only to the amazing art production being made in non-traditional art centres, but also to the lack of diversity at many fairs,” comments VOLTA Artistic Director Amanda Coulson. “Maybe in a smaller, fairly homogeneous town in Switzerland this might not feel so uncomfortable, but in New York it felt very important to me that the diversity of the city’s residents be reflected in the range of our artists and exhibitors. We particularly did not want this to be reflected in a 'one time only' section, but have the positions integrated throughout the fair in an organic way that would lead to their inclusion into the international discourse in a meaningful and permanent way.”

Kameelah Janan Rasheed activates the elevated walkway connecting VOLTA NY with Pier 92: The Armory Show – Modern with her ongoing series “HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY (and Other Etiquette)”, a rallying text-based prospectus of respectability politics confronting the ongoing climate of social oppression within the United States and abroad. Rasheed is sponsored by MoCADA (Brooklyn), a hub for contemporary African Diasporan arts and a first-time VOLTA exhibitor. Additionally, Clocktower Productions, New York’s oldest alternative art project, interviews fair artists and participants for their acclaimed Clocktower Radio series. A full list of exhibitors and artists participating in VOLTA NY 2016 follows this text.

VOLTA NY debuts its Video Wall programming, a daily rotation of single-channel works screened on a 30-foot wall at front of the fair. Both works by artists featured in booth projects — including “Archeton” by Sonny Sanjay Vadgama (presented by Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin); and “Microphone Test” by Che-Yu Hsu (presented by Nunu Fine Art, Taipei), subject of a solo installation at Taipei Fine Arts Museum last autumn — as well as other artists represented by exhibiting galleries — including “Traveling Shots: NYC” by Diane Nerwen (carriage trade, Brooklyn), which screened in the 8th Glasgow Short Film Festival; and “2nd Test Sculpture” by Brussels and Barcelona-based Spanish duo Aggtelek (beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham, AL) — will comprise the video program, instilling a deeper dimension to the artists' practices within a prime viewing environment.

Finally, New York-based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams inaugurates the fair's Curated Section series with his project “Something I Can Feel”, assembling eight emerging and under-the-radar artists within, in Adams' words, “a physically and psychologically textured exhibition exploring elements of provocation.” The exhibiting artists in “Something I Can Feel” are: Ibrahim Ahmed, presented by Gallery Nosco, London; Leonardo Benzant and Kate Clark, both presented by Dexter Wimberly Projects, Brooklyn; Brandon Coley Cox, presented by Rush Arts Gallery, Brooklyn; Doreen Garner, presented by Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York; Hugh Hayden, presented by Postmasters Gallery, New York; Shaun Leonardo, presented by BRIC and Mighty Tanaka, Brooklyn; and Balint Zsako, presented by The Proposition, New York.

PIER 90 can be reached by public transportation via the Eighth Avenue line (E or C trains to 50th Street) or from Columbus Circle (1, A, C, B, D trains to 59th Street/Columbus Circle), as well as direct shuttle between VOLTA NY and Pier 94: The Armory Show – Contemporary. Additionally, PIER 90 is connected by an elevated, covered and heated passageway to Pier 92: The Armory Show – Modern.

VOLTA NY gratefully acknowledges Hudson Hotel and Ace Hotel New York as its 2016 Partner Hotels.

VOLTA was founded in Basel in 2005 by dealers Kavi Gupta (Chicago), Friedrich Loock (Berlin), and Ulrich Voges (Frankfurt). VOLTA12 returns to Markthalle in Basel and coincides with Basel Art Week from June 13 – 18, 2016.

 14°N 61°W espace d'art contemporain, Fort-de-France Ronald Cyrille
American Medium, Brooklyn Brenna Murphy
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen Tom Anholt / Günther Förg
Danielle Arnaud, London Oona Grimes
ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka Tomoko Takagi
ARTLabAfrica, Nairobi Paul Onditi
Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen Marina Rubinke
ASPN, Leipzig Jochen Plogsties
Beers, London Søren Sejr
beta pictoris / Maus Contemporary, Birmingham, AL Manuel Caeiro / Leslie Smith III
Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich Yigal Ozeri
Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal Jessica Peters
Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam Natalia Ossef
carriage trade, Brooklyn Simon Linke
CES Gallery, Los Angeles Doty Glasco
CHARLIE SMITH, London Florian Heinke / Gavin Nolan
Clocktower Productions, New York
COBURN PROJECTS, New York Jason Dussault
Ethan Cohen, New York Aboudia / Armand Boua / Gonçalo Mabunda
CONNERSMITH., Washington, DC Justine Otto
Ed Cross Fine Art, London Mário Macilau
Cuevas Tilleard, New York Sebastian Vallejo
LUIS DE JESUS, Los Angeles Edith Beaucage
Galerie Jan Dhaese, Ghent Emerald Rose Whipple
Division Gallery, Montreal / Toronto An Te Liu
Tamar Dresdner Art Projects & Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv Elad Kopler
Galerie Dukan, Paris / Leipzig Karine Rougier
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Lucy Skaer
Espacio Valverde, Madrid Robert Ferrer i Martorell
Galleri Fagerstedt, Stockholm Per Kesselmar
Field Projects, New York Robin Kang
First Floor Gallery, Harare Wycliffe Mundopa
Foley, New York Joseph Desler Costa
frosch&portmann, New York Hooper Turner
Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart Jochen Hein
Lucy García Gallery, Santo Domingo Jorge Pineda
GE Galeria, San Pedro Garza Garcia Marina Vargas
Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven Becca Lowry
Marina Gisich Gallery, Saint Petersburg Kerim Ragimov
Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv Amir H. Fallah
Muriel Guépin Gallery, New York Keun Young Park
Hafez Gallery, Jeddah Mohammed Al Ghamdi / Ibrahim El Dessouki
HAINES GALLERY, San Francisco Maurizio Anzeri
HilgerBROTKUNSTHALLE, Vienna / Jersey City Cameron Platter
HIONAS GALLERY, New York Joan Waltemath
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London Dawit Abebe
Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam / Leipzig Koen Delaere
Hverfisgalleri, Reykjavik Shoplifter
Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin Majla Zeneli
JECZA GALLERY, Timisoara Genti Korini
Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn Kristen Schiele
Kleindienst, Leipzig Julius Hofmann
Knight Webb Gallery, London Juliane Hundertmark
GALLERY KOGURE, Tokyo Toshiya Masuda
Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin William Bradley / Sonny Sanjay Vadgama
GEORGE LAWSON GALLERY, San Francisco Justine Frischmann
The Lodge Gallery, New York Paul Brainard
LVL3, Chicago Cody Tumblin
Lyons Wier Gallery, New York Anthony Adcock
PATRICK MIKHAIL, Montreal Amy Schissel
MoCADA, Brooklyn Kameelah Janan Rasheed / Tschabalala Self
GALLERY MoMo, Tokyo Tomoyasu Murata
Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York Brittany Nelson
New Art Projects, London Laura Bruce
Nunu Fine Art, Taipei Che-Yu Hsu
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montreal / Toronto Kent Monkman
Pablo's Birthday, New York Pius Fox
PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles Derek Fordjour
PATRON, Chicago Myra Greene
Planthouse, New York Philip Taaffe
Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, Nassau Tessa Whitehead
Project: ARTspace, New York Aaron Zulpo
Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, Santo Domingo Scherezade García / Raúl Recio
robert henry contemporary, Brooklyn Jerry Walden
ROCKELMANN &, Berlin Jeffrey Teuton
Samsøñ, Boston Gabriel Martinez
SEASON, Seattle Mike Simi
galeria senda, Barcelona Anthony Giocolea
SHIN GALLERY, New York Keunmin Lee
Slag Gallery, Brooklyn Adam Brent / Tim Kent
Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami Linda Lopez
MARC STRAUS, New York Chris Jones / Paul Pretzer
Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main Il-Jin Atem Choi
Studio10, Brooklyn Elana Herzog / Meg Hitchcock
Stux Gallery, New York Aaron Johnson
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York Joe Brittain
Ten Haaf Projects, Amsterdam Inna Levinson
Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka Kazuma Koike
Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York Chason Matthams
Galerie Trois Points, Montreal Milutin Gubash
VICTORI + MO, Brooklyn Brian Willmont
Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Ivan Lam
widmertheodoridis, Eschlikon Nadine Wottke
Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco Paul Mullins
WOLFSTÆDTER, Frankfurt am Main Selena Kimball
Y Gallery, New York Miguel Aguirre
Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, RI Raquel Paiewonsky
YOD Gallery, Osaka Alfredo Esquillo Jr.
Zhulong Gallery, Dallas Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
GALERI ZILBERMANN, Istanbul Guido Casaretto
ZORZINI GALLERY, Bucharest Dan Maciucă

We are pleased to announce featured artists within VOLTA NY's debut Curated Section. New York-based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams oversees this first project, assembling eight emerging and under-the-radar artists across diverse media under his thematic exhibition "Something I Can Feel".
Ibrahim Ahmed Gallery Nosco, London
Leonardo Benzant Dexter Wimberly Projects, Brooklyn
Kate Clark Dexter Wimberly Projects, Brooklyn
Brandon Coley Cox Rush Arts Gallery, New York
Doreen Garner Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York
Hugh Hayden Postmasters Gallery, New York
Shaun Leonardo BRIC & Mighty Tanaka, Brooklyn
Balint Zsako The Proposition, New York
VOLTA NY, MARCH 2 – 6, 2016
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VOLTA NY | March 2 – 6, 2016 | PIER 90, New York

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Sabrina Möllers interview with the artist PER KESSELMAR in Galleri Fagerstedts booth at VOLTA ART FAIR. Read it here


Galleri Fagerstedt (Stockholm, booth E6) stages a discreet site-specific installation by Per Kesselmar at VOLTA NY. Among Sweden's most prominent Minimalists, Kesselmar follows the existing light in situ when constructing his mixed-media works, which interact with and challenge our vision. Subject of a 2007 monograph, Kesselmar's works are in the collection of the Moderna Museet (Stockholm) among other Scandinavian institutions.

image: 'Manipulated Shadow'; 2016, watercolor on wall, iron rods, variable dimensions

Per Kesselmar. PALE SCREEN I & II
Per Kesselmar. PALE SCREEN I & II