Helena Johard (SE)
Reality Is Born Out Of Dreams 
9/10-1/11 2015

Curated by Melissa Henderson

With video, painting and installation this autumn's second show offers an insight into the fascinating world of the artist Helena Johard. 

Our shared reality feels self sufficient impenetrable cold and distant. Meanwhile, my emotions and dreams are plodding along like mollusks in the dark, leaving mucous drawings that propose alternative truths.

In the exhibition "Reality Is Born Out of Dreams", Helena Johard shows work that has sprung out of her subjective and irrational research of reality where unexpected readings and reflections are woven together to new fabulating truths. Her works often take an emotional approach to truth concepts created by authoritarian machineries including natural sciences, psychoanalysis and social norms. She uses drawing and painting to directly and intuitively explore new readings, where ideas are further taken into the public by installations and performances.

Her art practice also mirrors her ongoing scientific research of stem cells. In contrast to the rational and objective boundaries defining science, she uses her intuitive art practice to create alternative truths where emotions and subjectivity can also be harbored.

Helena Johard has a BFA from the Environmental Art Department, Glasgow School of Art and lives and works in Stockholm. She also has a PhD in biology and researches neural stem cells at Karolinska Institutet. www.helenajohard.com


Roadwalk (2012)

Distance (2015)
Paved table
(With thanks to Peab in Stockholm)


Vattendrömmar (waterdreams) (2015)
Acrylic on masonite

Owners of revolution (2015)
Oil on masonite

Habitat (2015)
Acrylic on masonite

Institution (2015)
Acrylic on masonite

Shooting White (2003)
(With thanks to Flens skytteklubb)

My foreign plants (2015)

Between media (2015)

Logdrive (2003)
(With thanks to Skebokvarns åkeri)

Photo: Raffaele Piano