Saturday, 18 January 2014

John Skoog (art)

Today is the very first day of a potentially fascinating new film art exhibition at the Redoubt Fortress on Eastbourne seafront. Entrance to the exhibition is free but unfortunately (apparently) the museum will be closed for its duration. 

John Skoog works with film and video. Born in Kvidinge, Sweden, he lives and works in Frankfurt and is the winner of the 2013/14 ars viva prize for visual arts. He follows in the tradition of Scandinavian film through the use of stark landscapes and slow-pacing. The poetic use of the Swedish landscape and powerful studies of character and emotion evoke memories of film works by cinema greats such as Victor Sjostrom and Mauritz Stiller. For his first solo show in a UK public gallery, Skoog will make a new film set in the flat farmlands of the southern provinces of Sweden. 

The accompanying still image is from Förår (2012), a digital film of 16 minutes and 32-seconds. (Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London.) There is an interesting review of two of Skoog's films currently on show at Pilar Corrias - Sent på Jorden and the aforementioned Förår in this article by Florence Ritter for The Cultural Expose

Redoubt Fortress, Sat 18th Jan to Sun 30th Mar, 10:00-17:00.
Free admission to the exhibition.