Luis Adelantado is pleased to present Tumble Through the Underbrush, a project by the multimedia artist Thomas Hämén (1987 Luleà, Sweden) where he explores the complex relationships between human beings, other lifeforms, modern life technology and pop culture.
Thomas, presents us with a series of paintings giving the title to the exhibition Tumble through the Underbrush, paintings that were hacked by the artist through fractal geometry software that is normally used to create video game graphics. The resulting images are extremely complex visually, and are reminiscent of strong natural roots. He converts his paintings in pictorial interior landscapes taken from the 'underbrush' of his own memories.
In addition to the aforementioned paintings, Ambassador is exhibited, a sculpture with sound that evokes the mythological creature Wolpertinger, half rabbit, half wolf, both predator and prey, resounding the voice of nature from inside that spectators will hear when they enter the exhibition room.
Finally, the swallows' nests Savoury Nest I and II are a tribute to the E624.net website forum by the artist, dedicated to showing sexual illustrations between species blurring the limits between genres, something which the artist is keen on. Tumble Through the Underbrush extends the line of discourse established in On the Ground, the exhibition in the main gallery space vindicating the sensations and emotions caused through contact with nature, a return to the Earth.
Thomas Hämén, (Sweden, 1987), currently lives between Berlin and London, where he works on his art. He studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and was a resident on the De Ateliers programme in Amsterdam. He analytically uses materials and sociological resonance in his art to create poetic works, some of which can be rather comical, prodding us to reflect on our place on this planet, our history and our possible futures.
He was a curator at Luleà Biennial in 2018, and is currently the art director at Exuma Art Center, a nomadic experimental curatorial platform that will be launched at the end of 2020. His work has been exhibited at the Stockholm Modern Art Museum, the Barbican Centre in London, the Moscow Biennial for young art 2018; Clearview in London; Kunstverein Diepenheim in 2018; Art Rotterdam with the Rod Barton Gallery; and more recently with Abstract Sex and Issues Gallery at Artissima 2019, among others.
Press release courtesy Luis Adelantado Valencia.