Robert Johansson

Robert Johansson

Oslo, Norway

About Robert Johansson

My artistic practice encompasses myths, science and hearsays, and how humans reflect themselves in relation to nature and animals. I use associative, illogical and alluring narratives and their correlations with control, slump and ephemerality. I primarily work with drawing, pyrography, prints, installation and sculpture.

Together with Jan Hakon Erichsen I had exhibitions in Svolvær (NO), Tromsø (NO), Copenhagen (DK), Molde (NO) and Trondheim (NO). These shows are part of a series of installations made up by site-specific works, sculptures, photos and videos. The dream of returning to primary values and the frustration in the impossibility within that wish, will set the backdrop for the aggressive works.

The large wall piece Inaugura was made in October 2011 at HarborArts Boston Shipyard Gallery. The artwork, wooden reliefs, connects the 19th century scientific drawings of Ernst Haeckel with a composition referring to the structure of a cross section of the human eye.

In 2010 I took part in the group show Taking Down Heaven at the fantastic Alma Löv Museum in the Swedish countryside. My work there had its starting point in a bastardous offbreed from the Norse mythological horse Sleipnir. Since the installation was in a glass house, plants and flowers grew up there during the summer.

Previous shows include Nordnorsk kunstnersenter (NO), Värmlands museum (SE), SP Gallery, Stockholm (SE), 3rd Beijing International Art Biennale (CH), Sweet Punch: Recent Nordic Video (NZ) and ARS 06 at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (FI).


2000-2004: The National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway
2003: Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria
1998-2000: The Nordic Art School in Kokkola, Finland
1996- 1998:Falkenberg Art School, Sweden
Exhibitions (*=group show):

2013, Swarm, Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær, med Jan Hakon Erichsen
2013 Solo show, Frantz Navle, Bergen
2013 Solo show, Nils Aas kunstverksted, Inderøy
2012 Pine Pitch Aether, solo show Kunstbanken, Hamar
2012 Solo show, Värmlands museum, Karlstad, SE
2009: Volta, Falkenberg museum*, SE
2009: Fly, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, NO
2008: Anonyme Zeichner no.9*, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE
2008: Tou Works 2, Tou Scene, Stavanger, NO
2008: Fly, Porsgrunn Kunstforening, NO
2008:Urban Jealousy /1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran*, IR
2008 Ostlandsutstillingen*, NO
2008: Anonyme Zeichner no.8 *, Bluetenweiss, Berlin, DE
2007: Call of the Wild, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, DE, performance with Jan Hakon Erichsen
2007: The spring show*, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, NO
2006, 2003: Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, SE
2006: Nuevo Estocolmo*, Sdertlje Konsthall, SE
2005: Tour Grandia*, performance, Stockholm, SE
2003: JAGA, Kurzbauergasse, Vienna, AU, collaboration with Sebastian Mathias Kretzschmar

Performances and exhibitions in collaboration with Vanna Bowles:
2008: The Bodys Thin Shell, 3rd Beijing International Art Biennale, CH
Sweet Punch: Recent Nordic Video*, tour in New Zealand:
2007:New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington
2006: The Physics Room, Christchurch2006: Te Tuhi - The Mark,Auckland
2006: ARS 06, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
2005: NORWYDEO*, ATA, San Fransisco, USA
2005:Mera kropp, Pilotgalleriet, Akershus Kunstnersenter, tour in ten schools in Akershus NO
2004: Mera kropp, Kunstbanken, Hamar, NO
2004: Fra kaos til kosmos*, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, NO
2004: The Graduation Show*, Stenersenmuset, Oslo, NO
2004: TESTOMONY, Kunstbanken, Hamar, NO
2003: SWEET PUNCH, Gallery G.U.N. Oslo, NO
2002:PUGNAE SPECTACULUM, Kunstnernes Hus,Oslo,NO ,