Kim Simonsson

Treasure Hunters

Stockholm

February 16–March 18, 2018

Kim Simonsson 

Girl Feeding a Two Headed Rabbit, 2018

Bronze

70 x 40 x 60 cm
65 x 50 x 38 cm

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Kim Simonsson 

Red Riding Hood, 2018

Ceramics and glaze

95h x 25w x 16d cm

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Kim Simonsson

Treasure Hunter with Platinum Rock, 2018

Ceramics, glaze and platinum lustre

100h x 25w x 30d cm

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Kim Simonsson 

Treasure Hunter with Platinum Rock, 2018

Ceramics, glaze and platinum lustre

100h x 25w x 40d cm

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Kim Simonsson 

Astronaut with Golden Visor, 2017

Ceramics, glaze and gold lustre

90h x 25w x 40d cm

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Kim Simonsson 

Moss Queen, 2018

Ceramics and nylonfibre

97h x 40w x 70d cm

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Kim Simonsson

Treasure Hunter with Moss Cauliflower, 2018

Ceramics and nylonfibre

100h x 35w x 40d cm

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Kim Simonsson

Moss Girl with Two Headed Rabbit and Bird House, 2017

Ceramics, nylonfibre and stereo

85h x 25w x 38d cm

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Kim Simonsson 

Moss Prince with Bird House, 2018

Ceramics, nylonfibre, feathers and stereo

107h x 20w x 20d cm

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Press Release

With references to fairytale characters, manga films and computer games, Kim Simonsson´s (b. 1974) sculptures are very distinctive. Simonsson portrays magical little figures with black eye sockets, covered with a layer of what appears to be moss. These dreamy figures are a touch gruesome, yet simultaneously fragile and frail. The handmade ceramic stoneware sculptures are encased in a layer of nylon fiber in a nearly fluorescent shade of green. For the exhibition at Galerie Forsblom in Stockholm, Simonsson has also created glazed sculptures with a gold and platinum sheen, as well as a bronze sculpture. 

 

The sculptures all share an appearance that is solitary and a little sad, tinged with a sense of uncertainty. Who are they, and where are they going? In folklore, the moss people are described as helpful to people such as farmers, with an ability to cure diseases. They may borrow things from people occasionally, but always return them with a good advice or a gift, which should be received with gratitude to prevent them from becoming angry. The moss sculptures Simonsson depicts are frozen in position, yet also heading somewhere. As the exhibition title reveals, they are 'Treasure Hunters': they carry something that is precious.

 

Simonsson graduated in 2000 from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, with a focus on ceramics. In 2004, he was named Young Artist of the Year in Finland. His work is represented in Scandinavian and foreign collections, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, United Kingdom; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland; and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Finland. Simonsson lives and works in Fiskars, Finland.