Immerse yourself in the enchanted world of photographic artist Erik Johansson. He uses his camera to capture reality, and then creates a boundless world of ideas beyond belief, giving free rein to imagination. An exhibition to open our minds, through surrealism and humour.
Behind the Horizon displays some fifty large-scale works by Erik Johansson, five of which are completely new. The exhibition is aimed at anyone who wishes to see the world from a different perspective, and enter a realm of rare magic, regardless of age, culture or interests.
Erik’s unique image creation is a time-consuming process, with pictures often consisting of hundreds of individual photographs, deftly merged into one. A single picture might take months to complete. Admittedly, the detailed and realistic worlds he creates are impossible, but are meant to feel like they could exist. To achieve this, Erik meticulously plans each photo shoot, and uses props that he often builds himself. After taking as many photos as possible, he adds the final touches using software. The creative process is gratifying, based on philosophical musings about life and the world we all live in.
Erik has been called the Magritte of photography, and for good reason. He is a master of the fantastic and fanciful, a creative wizard working magic with his camera, while maintaining the open mind of childhood. His images take the viewer along for an exciting journey, where each motif communicates a story, turning our habitual perspectives upside down. In a world of logic and rational thinking, the onlooker is challenged to think further, to question reality, and to stir their own imagination. The humorous and the absurd is present throughout the imagery, along with clever tricks, details which may go unnoticed at first glance, and illusions that fool the eye. At the same time, there is a constant, underlying gravity in each picture; something for everyone to reflect on.
The exhibition is displayed in the Burned Hall at Kalmar Castle, 27 March – 7 November 2021.