Born: Karlskrona, Sweden
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
During my study at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm 1984-1989
I received The Anders Sandrew grant and traveled to USA and Australia.
In 1988 I first introduce the Tellus concept to the art context at the AVE Video Festival, Arnhem in Holland.
By arranging mirrors in a non parallel manner that opens the possibilities to build imaginary shapes like spheres and columns.
This concept has been an inspiration to other artists that later also used that concept in a, for them successful way.
Tellus Digitalis and Dutch Tile, those were made in 1988 and 1991 and are now at the Moderna Museets collection in Stockholm. 1994 I also received the Georg Arsenius grant from Moderna Museet.
---Included in the Moderna Museet collections is Tellus Digitalis, 1989,
one of the most powerful video works I know of. Four mirrors, conically
cut and joined to form a funnel ending in a television screen displaying
a nature film sequence in an endless loop. When gazing into the funnel,
the viewer unexpectedly encounters an enormous sphere in dazzling
full bloom - an overwhelming image of evolution and abundance.
In diametric contrast to this piece is the purely minimalist Dutch Tile,
1992, also included in the Moderna Museet collections. Tellus Digitalis
deals with nature, whereas Dutch Tile is concerned with a pure construct.
In this manner Peter Svedberg emphasises the two poles that
the thought process, and the artist himself, alternates between. Dutch
Tile presents the viewer with a room in which the floor and one of the
walls is covered in tiles, while the ceiling and the other walls are entirely
mirror clad. The effect is vertiginous - not least when the eye distinguishes
a television monitor that separates itself from the wall and floor
and floats freely in the room. The monitor, in turn, displays an image of
the tiles. As a viewer, one alternates from an experience akin to that of
floating to feeling almost claustrophobically enclosed in a room, both
imaginary and real that seemingly extends in all directions. This physical
room, the sculpture itself in other words, has a twin built in its side,
and in both eye and mind, this is subsequently followed by others in an
endless succession... -----
Former Head Malmoe Municipal Art Gallery and Moderna Museet