Summer Show
Mathis Altmann, Magnus Andersen, Gina Beavers, Brian Belott, Nicholas Cheveldave, Alex Da Corte, Tatjana Danneberg, Debo Eilers, Jana Euler, Michael Fullerton, Cy Gavin, Henning Hamilton, Adam Helms, Uwe Henneken, Henry Hudson, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Ed Kay, Oliver Laric, Sean Landers, Leigh Ledare, Austin Lee, Jason Matthew Lee, Sven Loven, Jimmy Merris, Caroline Mesquita, Stuart Middleton, Oliver Osborne, Djordje Ozbolt, Athena Papadopoulos, Erik Parker, Jon Rafman, Ry Rocklen, Samara Scott, Tobias Spichtig, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Rob Thom, Jinsong Wang, Grace Weaver, Jonas Wood

Curated by Johan Deurell & Oscar Carlson
19.05.2017 — 18.06.2017

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

No season is more ridden with clichés than summer, and summer shows are rarely an exception, with their curious mix of pretty landscapes, still-life flower arrangements and portraits of famous people, elected by a jury of academy members (or famous people). Even for nineteenth century painter John Constable, known for his Romantic renderings of English country life, the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition represented

“the time of year when the devil comes and spews art over London.”

Subverting a traditional summer show, this exhibition brings together 40 artists whose work turns conventional aesthetics on its head, and locates a new kind of convulsive, rebellious beauty. It is a beauty that dares to reveal the grotesquery of fine art, makes no rigid distinctions between the digital and the “real”, and uncovers the dormant beauty of the vulgar and the popular. Here the normal rules of society are suspended,

so that other systems of meaning can emerge.

It is in such spirits that Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, has the pleasure of welcoming you to our most sinister summer show yet.