23 Oct 2015 - 1 Nov 2015



Opening reception on Friday, October 23d 6-9pm

Opening hours:
Sat and Sun 12 - 17


Kunsthalle m3 is pleased to announce Corona – a solo presentation of new paintings by Swedish artist Joakim Heidvall. This exhibition, Heidvall’s first with Kunsthalle m3, draws its title from the astronomical term for the light halo that surrounds the sun and can only be seen by the naked eye during a full eclipse. Just like this natural phenomenon, Heidvall’s massive paintings evoke a tingling feeling of transience, as they oscillate between the figurative and the abstract. The levitating bodies portrayed here, are a painterly play on the notions of void and volume. Their metaphysical agenda invites their spectators to marvel and play; while engaged in their own dynamic of motion, they simultaneously participate in the on-going making of the painting itself, desiring to extend elastically outside of themselves.

Beyond the aesthetics of planetary imagery, the paintings also convey a subtext of themes such as digital technology and fetish culture. The limitless expressions that make the fabric of club culture have here made their trail across the artist’s subconscious and into these paintings.
After years of working with animation, computer graphics and audio-visual installations, this series marks Heidvall’s strong return to painting. Heidvall says: “The aesthetic and surreal aspect of science fiction has a pull on me. In one way or another, this has always been incorporated into my work.
Additionally, my creative process was always relating back to the artistic qualities found within art history and the lineage of artists that has inspired me. With the Corona series, I have let go of referential needs and begun to transcend that previous mind-set. Instead, my only goal has been to make dripping, large-scale paintings that expand the wall they are hanging on.”
Joakim Heidvall was born in 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden. He attended the Pernby School of Painting and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm in 2007. His works are included in private collections in Germany and Sweden, and are incorporated into the collection of the Swedish Public Art Agency. Heidvall lives and works in Stockholm and Berlin.