Ida Ekblad's artistic practice incorporates painting, sculpture, performance, filmmaking as well as poetry. Her works transmit a distinct vibrancy and spontaneity, created through the energetic movement of her compositions, the bold application of colour and the attentive use of found materials. Ekblad's expressive paintings often depict winding and twisted lines, some indicate human-like figures, others resemble landscapes. The forms and gestures found in her work derive from a wide variety of inspirations and art historical references, such as CoBrA, Situationism and Abstract Expressionism but also pop cultural aesthetics like graffiti or cartoon that indicate Ekblad's genre-crossing approach.
„At the heart of this work is an energy, one that is palpably manifest in her finished images and objects. It is explicit in the manual strength required to construct one of her sculptures or to scramble up a scrapheap, yet also implicit in the movement, form and scale of her painting. Ekblad´s work is formed of contradiction; that of the social and the solitary, the physical and the contemplative. In Ekblad´s work, these similarities and differences are held in a delicate balance.“
Sarah McCrory, Ida Ekblad in Ida Ekblad. Poem Percussion, Bergen Kunsthall, 2010
Image: Untitled, 2014, acrylic, turpentine and plastisol on linen, 170 x 100 cm
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
la mia ceramica
Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Edmund de Waal, Rebecca Warren
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal
Diary of a Madam (solo show)
Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 7 February - 26 March 2017
The paintings and sculptures by Ida Ekblad are a liberating force. Expressive gestures, flipper, airbrush, alien, garbage, puffyfied ink like on t-shirts from the 90s – Ida Ekblad’s artistic practice ...
WHAT'S MY NAME? (group show)
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin, 28 April 2016 - 5 March 2017
In the year 2000, Michel Majerus created the video work michel majerus in which his own name flashes before the viewer in a myriad of colors and ...