Most of Strandberg's images are placed in the twilight, where light is reflected or tends to tear through. Strandberg's second solo exhibition and the installation Mappa mundi ("Map of the World", Ekenäs, 2015) begins in earnest a series of works in which the ready-made objects of modernist minimalism, with their abstract suspending in the space, surprisingly take on an intangible form by folding materially. Built in an old granary, Mappa mundi is an installation built of light, pigments and discovered objects, the content of which was inspired by medieval cartography, Christian iconography and the space dimensions of ecclesiastical art. The spatiality was also influenced by the performance venue related to Strandberg's youth, the Kronomagasinet, an alternative breathing space in a small town, a world of freedom within its small world. The form of the work itself expresses modernist rudeness and matter-of-factness, but at the same time, thanks to its spiritual counter-anchor, the translucent spirit world of the metaphysical essence. All this Strandberg puts forward very modestly and somehow humbly, without saying anything absolute. It is easy to breathe by the work.
|I created my first "spatial system"; that is: the encounter and interaction of different materials in space.
– Magnus Strandberg