Though Stockholm is certainly not a new city, certain aspects of her ever-evolving architecture and various installations around town seem to pay homage to a more futuristic society – whether intentionally or not. From bold neon lights, graphic striped ceilings, and contemporary buildings, there is something truly unique and memorable about the foil between old and new Stockholm. She is timeless yet cutting-edge, contemporary yet classic, and we believe every aspect of her should be equally appreciated.
We are consistently inspired by the way the artists in the Kolla community manage to capture little slices of the more artistic, bold, and nuanced corners of our city. We tend to focus on our favorite old buildings, storybook row houses, and the plentiful churches and steeples seen throughout the cityscape (and for good reason). But today we wanted to focus on Stockholm through a more modern lens, to appreciate her boldness and her graphic beauty, as well as to showcase a few of our current favorite pieces from our Kolla community of artists. We love seeing the city through fresh pairs of eyes.
‘Striped Ceiling’ by Susanne Kraft, ‘The Man in the Hat’ by Andreas Jörgensen, and ‘Hold the Line’ by Thomas Swedin are three very different photographs which capture three very different (debatably mundane) scenes around Stockholm. But what do they all have in common? They each frame the city through ultramodern perspectives and perfectly blur the line between old and new. ‘Striped Ceiling’, a photograph featuring the ceiling in the Odenplan metro station, features eye-catching lines and curvature which echo the essence of art seen in modern museums. ‘The Man in the Hat’ also plays off of details found on a ceiling – jagged neon lights in this case. And while our final pick - ‘Hold the Line’ - does not include stripes or neon lights, the bold architecture of the featured building as well as the stark contrast between a gloomy beige building and striking black windows provide more than enough graphic and bold goodness.
The colourways of these three images are also beautiful and complementary in their own right. While none of the photographs featured here include bright colours (or really much of any colour at all), the stark greys, blacks, and beige tones perfectly set the stage for a more modern and monochromatic feel. To the art admirer or collector who tends to skew more on the contemporary or minimalistic side of things: we think any or all of these three pieces would make a great addition or beginning to your art collection. And when mixed and matched with other Kolla pieces featuring more classic scenes around the city, you have the start of a really incredible gallery.
These three pieces are works of art that do not rely on bright hues or calming scenes of familiar visions like nature, but ones which encourage the admirer to seek beauty in less soft and less expected places. To make art out of hard lines and uninspiring colours. They remind us that new Stockholm can be just as photogenic as the old, and also to look up (or down) much more often.
Written by Niamh Wilkins
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