Jochum Nordström ‘The Anchor Hits the Sand’ at David Zwirner

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‘There’s a self-portrait in every single thing I do. Even if I make a tree or a sex-scene, I can play the both of them’

 

Images seem to pour forth from Jockum Nordström. He is an immensely prolific artist uses who uses a whole variety of techniques.  More than anything though he is a cutter of shapes. They may be fleshed out with colour but it is the idiosyncrasy of their contours which sticks in the mind.

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An initial impression of charming naivety is quickly dispelled when you move in closer. The images seem to float outside the limitations of a particular epoch although some figures look like they could have struggled through an ancient mist. The timelessness of a fairy tale, yes, but with a portion of extra malevolence thrown in.

 

The most ambitious work is the cinematic tableau The Anchor Hits the Sand, which fills a whole wall of this beautiful gallery. It has some of the qualities of an old-fashioned lantern show: made of transparent paper behind which vivid animal and human shapes sweep forwards, before receding once again.

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Nordström is an unusual artist: at least I have never seen anything like his work before. When I left the gallery. I realised the extent of the attention which his work had demanded. I felt depleted but also buoyed up by its brilliance.

 

Jockum Nordström The Anchor hits the Sand is at David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ until 19 December.

 

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