Christine Ödlund is an artist of many talents. I was first introduced to her via her remarkable illustrations for Edda's rerelease of the 1871 Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton sci-fi occult romance novel, Vril: The Power of the Coming Race. The drawings remind me a bit of Fantastic Planet, with their delicacy and pastel palette. Her body of fine art focuses on themes such as plant spirits, bio-chemistry, theosophical thought-forms, and sound vibrations. In addition to her beautiful watercolors like the one above (and do click on it to see its exquisite detail), she creates video installations and musical performances.
Lucky NYCers up for some sponteneity can catch one such film by her this evening at 8pm, as part of the Swedish Energies festival of experimental art:
The second annual Swedish Energies, presented by ISSUE Project Room, iDEAL, EMS, and the Consulate General of Sweden NYC, is a free two-night festival featuring a huge lineup of some of Sweden’s most exciting experimental musicians and artists. Performances include collaborations between U.S. and Swedish artists, as well as a cross-section of Sweden's most pre-eminent experimental groups.
SWEDISH ENERGIES SCHEDULE
FRIDAY NOV 30TH
7:30 pm doors open
9.00 pm Rolf Enström
9:45 pm Aki Onda & Lise-Lotte Norelius
10.30 pm Mats Lindström
11.15 pm Vinyl Terror & Horror w gues JG Thirlwell
SATURDAY DEC 1ST
7 pm doors open
7.30 pm Lars Siltberg FILM
8.15 pm Erik Bünger
9.20 pm Hild Sofie Tafjord
10.00 pm The Gagmen
10.45 pm Trepaneringsritualen
11.30 pm Anastasia Ax
Curated by Lawrence Kumpf, Mats Lindström and Joachim Nordwall.
And Ödlund's write-up for the festival sounds incredibly intriguing:
Sound- and visual artist Christine Ödlund is freely and comfortably travelling between different artistic expressions. Inspired by psychic Annie Besant’s thought forms, nature, ecological chemistry, the occult, the idea of parallell universes, extreme weather - Christine Ödlund is working with music composition, painting, drawing, video, intallations. Experiencing her stuff is like finding yourself in a mysterious, dreamlike state of mind. Her art is a place where things are allowed to collide and meet. New energies are born.
For some added trivia, she is married to one of my very favorite painters and Edda co-founder, Fredrik Söderberg. Talk about a power couple.