BO HAGLUNDPaintings 10.1.2009 – 1.2.2009
Bo Haglund´s works feature his cartoon creation Stubbhuvu, or Stubhead, who serves us a prop against his landscapes. The horizon is low and the sky rises above the tree-tops with a network of points of light creating a contrast against the background. This silhouette-like figure wanders in the landscape under a high sky. It is an integral part of the landscape, of nature and the cosmos - but in what is like a supporting role in a major play.
Space turns into a metaphor for emptiness, silence, imagination and the free play of thought. But it also becomes a symbol of a quest for a different reality, identity and feeling of community in criss-crossing texts borrowed from the world of virtual communication of the Internet. The evidence of this new inter-human communication passes among constellations and planets - the nicks and pseudonyms of chat and discussion forums, net communities and game pages - as also information on what they happen to be doing, how they are feeling and so on. Cosmic and electronic space are intermingled.
In other works the sky is devoid of texts: only the stars shine in the heavens and the planets follow their orbits. Perhaps something invisible is made visible in the sky - something that is there, yet unseen. Standing on the plain is a monumental roller-coaster like a stage prop.