Björn Hegardt

Björn Hegardt (b. 1974) is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Trondheim, Norway and lives and works Berlin since 2001. He is mainly working with drawing, installation, animations and publication. Hegardt’s drawings always signal an assured grasp of tight compositions and a strong, graphic line. The resolved tidiness of the line is always moving towards more complex and enigmatic contexts. In ambivalent architectural structures, balancing between mass and ruin, and isolated representations of objects like furniture, Hegardt, using simple techniques, succeeds in displacing the utilitarian logic of things and invading them with chaos. Objects pile up in clusters. The abruptly organic inventory smokes and explosions appear; the dark undertone of the drawings is always present. Through visual and conceptual transformations and distortions, he creates something sparkling, which is pitted against the parallel forces of decay. Hegardt has exhibited his work internationally, both in solo and group exhibitions in notable galleries and institutions such as Lillehammer Art Museum, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, IASPIS and many more. He is one of the few Scandinavian artists that figure in the fine anthology of drawing Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing, published by Phaidon. Björn Hegardt is the founder and editor of the international recognized publication Fukt magazine for contemporary drawing. Fukt has been presented and launched at MoMA PS1 (NY), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and KW (Berlin).

Cloudy Armchair by Bjorn Hegardt