Stene Projects (SE)
John E. Franzén
Stene Projects is inspired by the computer operating system Linux. The gallery strives to be an open and module-based democratic space in a modern and digital age. Artists represented share an interest in slow artistic processes, attention to materiality, and/or the dichotomy of analogue, digital and historical, present. By working with the contrast between visual clarity and multifaceted conceptual ideas these artists make thought-provoking art reflecting the existential conditions of contemporary life.
John E Franzén (b. 1942) studied at The University College of Arts and at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm in the 60’s, where he later taught painting as professor for seven years. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Free Art since 1989. Franzéns most known piece, Hell’s Angels of California, 1966–69, was made upon the return from a longer stay in Los Angeles. The work was acquired for Moderna Museet’s collection by Pontus Hultén. Throughout his career Franzén has maintained his affinity with California and artists like Ed Ruscha and Andrew Wyeth. Through his oeuvre, Franzén has provoked attention, debate and strong reactions. Above all his art has stretched the boundaries of traditional motifs. There is a feeling of emptiness and desolation in his pieces, where the American dream is opened to the viewer´s projections and beliefs.