”Prepositions” are words used to describe different relationships between people, places, things.”Prepositioner” är ord som används för att beskriva olika förhållanden mellan personer, platser, saker.
Preposition. (av latinets prepositio – ställning framför) ord som av, i, på, ur etc. , vilket vanligen står framför ett substantiv eller pronomen och tillsammans med detta utgör en bestämning till ett annat ord.
Prepositions often have a clear own meaning (before / after, below / above) but in fixed combinations with verb, this own meaning is often weakened: complain, longing for etc. In other languages, other prepositions can be used for corresponding verbs, eg English: complain of, long for. (Text from Bonnier’s Dictionary)
Ulla West. Based in Stockholm, born 1954 in Trollhättan.
After studies in literature and nordic languages at University of Gothenburg 1973 – 1975, followed art studies at Konstfack / College of Arts in Stockholm – sculpture and art pedagogics 1975 – 1980, at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 1995 – photo printing, 1996 Konstfack – art theory, 2003 Royal Institute of Art – art and new media, 2007 Royal Institute of Art – Mejan Arc, art and architecture, 2009 Theories, Methods and Practises at Konstfack. CV
I am working with different media in installations, projects, exhibitions, commissions. The themes of work are elaborations on everyday existence, growing in rhizome-like ways often relating to the digital, and technology in a human context. The line of work involves movements, searching, site, sculpture, social life, film and photo, textile, text. Involving personal reflections on interactions. Every project is a long process, sometimes with no visible or spectacular result. I return to my interest in chemicals, in tools, in machines and all the time I work with letters and words, text. Text and texuality. Text and textile. Text and stories. Text as art. Text in art.
To make my ideas happen it is often necessary to work inter-disciplinary and non-disciplinary, to work things out in different ways outside frames of how-to-do and why.
see my Poetic Attempt
Among exhibitions to mention: Aciliyet Mektebi SALT Istanbul 2015, Trollhättans Konsthall 2014, Kunsthall Trondheim 2013-14, HV Gallery Stockholm 2011, Art Biennial Beijing 2009, Hallwyllska Palace Stockholm 2009,YBCA-Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco 2009, Kaunas Art Biennial 2009, Konstnärshuset Stockholm 2008, Västerås Art Museum 2007, Skarstedt Gallery Stockholm 2004,Liljevachs Konsthall Stockholm 2004, Sculpture House, Skulpturens Hus Stockholm 2003, Swedish Embassy Tokyo 2001.
Artist’s residencies: Paris 1993, Bangkok 2003, IASPIS Stockholm 2005, Buenos Aires 2006, Paris 2007, Wik 2008, Trondheim 2013, Hallen/Jämtland 2015, Circolo Scandinavo Rome 2016 and 2017.
Lectures, workshops and studio talks includes venues such as Konstfack/ College of art and design Stockholm, Södertörn University, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, KTH Computer Science Stockholm, Modern Museum Stockholm, Swedish Embassy in Tokyo Japan, YBCA Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Chiang Mai University Art Museum Thailand, HRI/ University of Osaka Japan, HDK Gothenburg, Kunsthall Trondheim Norway, Aciliyet Mektebi Scool of Urgency SALT Istanbul.
Since the first soloexhibition in Stockholm 1986 presenting paintings and large scale screenprints I started focus on textile materials and methods in my artwork, after beeing invited into the network Textile Group. Membership in TG between 1987 and 1990 involved running an art gallery, an archive over artworks for commissions and exhibitions in Stockholm and abroad. Exchanges with Norway, UK, Switzerland and Chile took place. During these years I worked with public commissions for State Art Council/Statens Konstråd and Stockholm municipality, and Stockholm Hospitals. These years also involved work with setdesign and costumes for theatre-, film- and TV-productions.
1990-1994 was an intense period of Freudian psycoanalyse, four sessions a week during five years. This had an important impact in my life and work.
1995 I went back to perform poststudies in art theory, philosophy, digital media, programming, printing and photo transfers, art and new media at Royal College of Art and at Konstfack. Critical studies.
Inbetween 1998 and 2002 I was a member of the artistic network FAS Fiber Art Sweden based in Sweden, organizing exhibitions and events, at for example House of Sculpture, Palace of Hallwyllska in Stockholm, Västerås Art Museum. I learned programming html- and C++ coding and built FAS first website.
As part of the international female network of artists, No Problem, followed a series of exchange exhibitions in Japan, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden.
1999-2003 I worked as project manager and coordinator at CRAC, Creative Room for Art and Computing in Stockholm and was 2004 commissioned as project manager of KISTA+ART, an experimental room for art, interactions and workshops incorporated in the shoppingmall in Kista. This was a collaborative project between Art Centra East/KC Öst – local district administration in Kista – IT University – Konstfack.
After moving around in different rented studios I got the contract for a studio at Mosebacke in 2005.
2007-2010 I together with artist Anna Selander organised public art film screenings called Entrance For Film EFF, presenting short art films in public places such as the entrance of Konstnärernas Centralköp in Stockholm, Plattan Library Kulturhuset Stockholm, filmprogram outdoors for 12th Istanbul Biennial 2011.
As commissioned guest curator at Vita Kuben White Cube art space, Norrlandsoperan Umeå 2010, Vita Kuben was the initial public presentation of the mobile artist books library.
Since 2010 the studio at Mosebacke in Stockholm, also is the base for the archive and the collection of artist’s books, MABL/Mobile Art Books Library.
born 1954 in Trollhättan, based in Stockholm
2015 Library of the Evil Spirit, Husby Konsthall
2014 TANKEGÅNGAR Trollhättan Konsthall
2014 Library of the Evil Spirit, Kunsthall Trondheim Norway
2012 Double Standard, installation, Täby-Stockholm
2011 Magic carpets, DKTUS Stockholm
2010 Textclothes, Bric-a-Brac Stockholm.
2010 Now Before After O#X, Vita Kuben Norrlandsoperan Umeå
2010 Magic Carpets, Näskott Church, Jämtland.
2010 Rolling Stones, robots, DKTUS Galery Stockholm.
2008 Sketches and works HV Galery Stockholm.
2008 Rugs and Plants Wiks Kulturcentrum, Photography,
2008 Checker Hoods, KB, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
2008 Installation, Jakob Church, Stockholm
2007 51 pieces – 51 days, Elverket, Stockholm
2004 Landescape, Skarstedt Galery, Stockholm
2004 Broken Reflection, Östermalmstorg Stockholm
2001 Out Of Sight Out Of Mind, TV-Galery Moscow, Russia
2001 Filmwindows, HV Galery, Stockholm
2001 Path filmtrilogy, Ahlbergshallen, Konsthallen Östersund
1996 One Armed Bandit, Northern Light Galery Stockholm
1995 From Behind, Swedish State Theatre Stockholm,
1995 Necks, Nacka Konsthall
1993 Transition, Trollhättans Konsthall/Pumphuset
1993 Groundfloor, Brage Galery Umeå
1987 Role Models, Textilegroup Galery Stockholm
1986 Divine Design, Culture House Stranna Trollhättan
1986 D-Wine Design, Centralbadet Stockholm
2019 Text Garden / Bibliotek Nordica. CODEX California, Richmond
2018 Text Garden at BABF. Bergen Kunsthall
2015-16 Artists books, Husby Konsthall
2015 Preference of Interpretation: rugs and stories. Storsjöteatern Östersund
2015 MABL Istanbul SALT, Aciliyet Mektebi/14th Istanbul Biennial
2015 Cac-Bukojeve Kilometre of Sculpture: Babel- writings/drawings
2015 Interventions MABL, DKTUS, WELD
2014 Intervention MABL. Rönnells Antikvariat
2013 FIS FilmInContemporaryArt: Reverberation artfilmprogram at Zita
2012 Weaving politics, MABL Books & Art for ccap Dansens Hus
2012 MABL, Plattan Library Culture house Stockholm
2010 Swedish Conceptual Art, Kalmar Artmuseum
07-11 Entrance For Film, art-filmprogram KCK Sthlm, Culture house Sthlm
2009 Entrance For Film, art-filmprogram Istanbul Biennial
2009 Cut my legs off and call me Shorty, Tensta Konsthall
2009 Verka, seminare+exhibition Studio 44 Stockholm
2009 NANO, Studio 44 Stockholm Sweden-Brasil
2009 The Other Room, Hallwylska Museet Stockholm, FAS
2009 IRREVERENT, Nordic craft art, YBCA, San Francisco
2008 5th International Fibre Art Biennial Beijing Kina
2007 Fasit, Svensk Form, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
2007 TEXTIL 07, Kaunas Art Biennial
2007 SPLIT VISION, Västerås Artmuseum
2006 Resources, Mejan Galery Stockholm
2007 World of pattern, touring exhibition with eight artist Riksutställningar
2005 Monster, Gotland Artmuseum
2005 TEXT-IL Five artist Uppsala Culture
2005 Mobile Units, IASPIS artists installations. Stockholm
2004 VVVP, O#X The Inexorable Culture House Stockholm
2004 Skarstedt Galery
2004 Switch Media Festival, Chiang Mai Univ. Art Museum, Thailand
2004 ZoneIP Fluid-Image Nya Media Grenoble Frankrike
2004 Sthlm Art Fair, Skarstedt Galery, KAOS Galery, Life Aid Galery
2003 Remote Experience, Royal Inst of Arts, Art and New Media
2003 Sthlm Art Fair, FAS Fiber Art Sweden, Life Aid Gallery
2003 Second Eye, Dieselverkstaden Nacka Konsthall, Stockholm
2003 Second Eye, Länsmuseet, Östersund
2002 Swedish Art Weeks, Chiang Mai University Art Museum Thailand
2001 Paths, film tripdyk, Liljevalchs Konsthall
2001 Photo Graphic, House of Graphic Art Mariefred.
2000 Anthropomorph II, Yokohama Portside Gallery http://www.areatalk.net
2000 Swedish Embassy Tokyo Å The Permeating Stream
2000 News Baltic Arts Polen-Szczecin, Riga, Sweden, Bornholm
1999 SEA Elektronic music festival Enkehuset, Fylkingen, Life Galery
1999 At Home, Theatre Galery /Teatergalleriet Kalmar
1999 Anthropomorph I, FAS 4, House of Sculpture / Skulpturens Hus, Sthlm
1998 Survival – artproject internet http://www.survival-art.org/west
1998 Gate-Rågsved www.ikonart.org/port
97-01 Photo-Graphics Höjlys & Dybtryk, Nordic Skandinavia art travelling
1996 One Armed Bandit, Time GrayGalery Stockholm
1996 One Armed Bandit, LoveAll Färgfabriken Stockholm
1996 Graphic art, Konstnärshuset Stockholm
1995 The Van, In the trace of Bruno Liljefors, spacespecific installation
1995 Photo-graphic Klädesfabriken Odense Denmark
1990 Chile – Sweden Textile Art in Chile and Sweden Botkyrka Konsthall
POSITIONS AND PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2019 ODE Commission, Stockholm art. Sculpture for Zachrisbergs Parc, Liljeholmen
2017 Art residence Circolo Scandinavo Rome
2016 Art residence Circolo Scandinavo Rome
2016 MOXY KHORA Commission Stockholm Art for entrancehall at SFI school Rinkeby.
2015-17 SELECTRIC sculpture research-project Poetry Sphere
2015 Art in Jämtland, commissioned artproject in Hallen Jämtland
2014 Supermarket Sthlm, public talk about artistic research
2013 Artist in residence Trondheim, Kunsthall Trondheim
2013 Commission art: paralell asignment proposition for Citybanan Odenplan SLL
2013 Street wallpainting ll commission for Solna kommun
2013 Professor test for position, lecture Konstfack, Textile in contemporary art
2012 Weaving politics, artroom and visualisation for written words/books
2012 Street wallpainting. Commission for Solna kommun
2012 MABL, Royal Academy of the Arts Library, Stockholm
2012 MABL, Plattan Library Culturehouse/Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2010 Guest curator Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
2011 MABL, Artist’s books Culturehouse/Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2010 MABL, Artist’s books Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
2010 Opponent Smart Textiles Textilhögskolan Borås
2010 Camouflagerug+robot, commissioned art Pliktverket, State Art Council
2009 Transition, EU ministermeeting exhibition Frösundavik, State Art Council
07-09 Teatching Södertörns Högskola Esthetic processes
2008 Setdesign and costume, Dieselverkstaden, Nacka
2008 Art pedagogic project Folkoperan: the operan ”Shit”
2006-08 SOL, Artistic Consultant in Stockholm schools
2004 Project leader, Kista+Art, artspace at Kista shoppingmall
99-03 Coordinator CRAC Stockholm, Creative Room for Art and Computing
1999 Coordinator/projectmanager exhibition CRAC Liljevalchs
1998 Loulou’s sofa. Commissioned art: Videoinstallation in public spaces, seven hospitals Stockholm
1994 Transition Uppsala University . Commissioned art State Art Council.
1991 Bottom of the Sea Wallprinting. Tillberga Correction facility Prison. Commission State Art Council.
1990 Faces Wallcurtain Tomteboda Resourse Centra Commission State Art Council.
1989 Role Models /Förebilder Tensta gymnasium Commissioned art: Installation in room. Stockholm Art.
1989 Katakomb / dance-art Costume, stage, Enkehuset, Modern Museum Stockholm
87-98 Freelancing for theatre-, film-, SVT-productions, Riksteatern, Dramaten.
07-13 Member of board BUS; Artists Copywrite Organisation
2009- Grafikskolan/Graphic Art School in Stockholm, member of board
09-13 SKF, Swedish Artists Association, Konstnärshuset /Artists House in Stockholm, member of board
97-99 FAS, Fiber Art Sweden, chairman of board, boardmember
91-93 KKV, Artists Collective Workshop, member of board
GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES
2018 Exchange support Bergen Norway/ San Francisco USA
2018 Two year grant (State Art Fund)
2017 Circolo Scandinavo, residency in Rome
2015 Kulturbryggan MABL
2015 IASPIS travelsupport MABL Istanbul
2015 Project grant SELECTRIC (State Art Fund)
2013 Two year grant (State Art Fund)
2012 Stockholm City Art Grant
2011 Project grant Kulturförvaltningen Magic carpets
2011 Kulturbryggan Magic carpets
2010 Estrid Ericsson Stiftelse, printing a book
2009 IASPIS, travelsupport exhibition and work in San Francisco
07-08 2 year grant (State Art Fund)
2007 Estrid Ericsons Stiftelse, study visit jaquard weavery in Lyon, Klässbol
2007 Residence Wik, Uppsala Art
2006 Residence Cité des Arts Paris. Grant Royal Academy of Fine Arts
2006 IASPIS working grant in Buenos Aires, travel grant Istanbul
2006 Längmanska stiftelsen, printing costs book production
2005 IASPIS 6 months studio and project grant in Stockholm
2004 IASPIS travel grant exhibition and work in Chiangmai Thailand
2003 Axelson-Johnson Stiftelse studiogrant residence Thailand
2002 2 year grant (State Art Fund)
2001 IASPIS, travelgrant exhibition in Moscow (State Art Fund)
2001 Swedish Institute / exhibition in Thailand Swedish Art Weeks
2000 Project grant / Japan project (State Art Fund)
2000 Swedish Institute / Japan studies grant
2000 BUF, Artists copyright Fund
1998 Stockholm City Art Grant
1995 BUF, Artists copyright Fund
1993 1 year working grant (State Art Fund)
1987 1 year working grant (State Art Fund)
ONGOING PROJECTS AND IVITATIONS
Text Garden. Invitation BABF 2018 and CODEX 2019
ODE sculpture in public space ZachrisbergsParc Stockholm 2019
First Supper Symposium, Oslo 2017
Artist Residence in Rome, Circcolo Scandinavo 2016, 2017
MABL and Library of the Evil Spirit visits Husby Konsthall 2015
Bookproject: Preference of interpretation starting 2015
SELECTRIC textbased sculpture starting 2015
CORRECTION, reading Thomas Bernhard with Tina Eriksson Fredriksson. Ongoing
INDIGO RUG, handknotting with Tina Eriksson Fredriksson. Ongoing
MABL Mobile Artist Book Library. Interventions and archiving. Ongoing
TEXT GARDEN ed 12 handmade unique examples 2018
TANKEGÅNGAR published by OEI Editör 2014
Vita Kuben published by UKW Productions 2011
O#X The Inexorable published by Axl Books 2010
2009-2010 Theories, methods and practices, Konstfack, College of Art and design.
2005-2006 Mejan Arc, Architectschool, Royal Institute of Fine Arts. Resources
2003-2004 Royal Institute of Art, Art and New Media
1996-1997 Konstfack, College of Art and design. Art theory, history of photography
1999-2003 Freudian psycoanalyse
1995-1996 Royal Institute of Art. Printing, photography, art theory
1975-1980 Konstfack,College of Art and design. Sculpture, artpedagogics
1973-1975 University of Gothenburg. Nordic languages and literature
1973 -1975 HDK, Institute of Art and design, preparatory studies, Gothenburg