Edited by Daniel Baumann
Texts by Daniel Baumann, Stian Grøgaard, Martha Kirszenbaum, Agnes Moraux
Concept by Ida Ekblad and Dan Solbach
Design by Dan Solbach
Published with Kunsthalle Zürich
Hardcover, 500 pages, 23.5 x 32 cm
Ida Ekblad lives in Oslo. She is a painter, sculptor, publisher, music producer, curator, and designer. She also writes. Her sources of inspiration include folk art, fashion, garbage, Samuel Beckett, youth culture, the natural forces of the elements, Gena Rowlands, traditional crafts, and so on. Everyday life is central to her work—as an imposition, but also conveying grace; as a voracious monster and a source of happiness; as a disaster and a glimmer of hope—for in Ekblad’s view, everything is full of promise, including art. Melted Snow, published three years after Ekblad’s exhibition FRA ÅRE TIL OVN at Kunsthalle Zürich, is a lavish and riveting collection of works and exhibitions from 2007–2021, accompanied by newly commissioned texts and a conversation between the artist and Agnes Moraux. “Mess can be confusing to deal with,” Ekblad concedes, “but mess is never out of focus.”
Ida Ekblad (*1980) lives and works in Oslo. She studied at Central Saints Martins in London, the National Academy of Art in Oslo, and at the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles. She participated in the Venice Biennale (2011, 2017) as well as in numerous international group exhibitions. Ekblad has presented solo exhibitions at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2021); Kunsthalle Zürich (2019); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2019); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2018); Kunsthaus Hamburg (2017); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2010); and Bergen Kunsthall (2010), among others.