First Solo Exhibition
20/4 – 12/5
Vernissage 20/4, 17:00-22:00
Love Hultén fuses traditional craftsmanship with new technology, creating unique objects in an unexpected merge of form and function.
The works are often based on personal fragments of the past - digital journeys of a curious young boy. As such, they could be seen as digital shrines. But they also suggests a different perspective on how to relate and interact. By playing with preconceptions about art and design - the social, cultural and historical relations to objects we all share - he tears consensual connections apart and provides a new context. He gives objects new functions, new values, and breaks given patterns. He aims to breathe life into objects, adding unforeseen functionality as well as mystique - in order to present genuine and attractive alternatives to contemporary appliances.
Hultén is dedicated perfectionist who dives deep into materials. But delicate execution simply isn’t enough - every detail must serve a purpose. It can be highly conceptual, but the object must feel real, natural and honest.
“It’s about control and tactility. We are caught between two worlds, one physical and one digital. Our digital world is expanding, and to connect with the real world, we need physical interaction. I want my objects to create a state of curiosity – using references from both past and present, a blend much more interesting than just putting something on repeat. Nostalgia is involved to a certain extent, yes, but not by looking backwards. It's by taking steps in different directions simultaneously, creating unique and balanced objects.”
In this solo exhibition at Galleri Magnus Winström, we get a glimpse into the world of Love Hultén - presenting an optional reality through electronic objects, using mixed references and skewed perspectives. The works shown are all very recent. Some of the installations are made exclusively for this show.
Love Hultén was born in 1984. He grew up in Gothenburg and took his degree as a cabinet maker at HDK Steneby in 2014 and is currently settled in his studio at Konstepidemin.