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Sebastian Mügge 1981 Germany / Sweden

Sebastian Mügge (b. 1981 in Bonn, DE) is a German-Swedish multidisciplinary artist based in Umeå, SE. He received his MFA from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.

In his practice he works in the intersection of painting, drawing, found objects, sculpture and installation. He often alternates these mediums as his intention is to find something which might connect these means of expression so they can become just one body of work. These projects, mostly based on expanding collections, can result in research-oriented and expressive site-specific, often monumental sculptural pieces. In his experimental approach the sensual aspect is crucial as its function is to get the viewer emotionally involved in the artwork, and furthermore stimulate his intellectual curiosity.

His work consists of sampling of ephemeral materials and carefully selected objects which are ready to be integrated in his art projects. In all mediums he hides a wide pool of symbols which he needs to investigate issues like identity, childhood, various conflicts impact on individuals’ daily life, irrational feeling of guilt, etc. Furthermore, he likes to play with mixtures of cultural backgrounds and art historical quotations. He is exploiting as well the poetic potential and aesthetic value of found objects and analyzing their significance for consumerist societies.

His work has been exhibited in venues such as Södertälje Konsthall (SE), Verkstad Konsthall (Norrköping, SE), DAS ESSZIMMER – Raum für Kunst+, Bonn (DE), Kristianstads Konsthall (SE),  Bildmuseet (Umeå, SE), Galleri 54 (Gothenburg, SE), Survival Kit International Contemporary Art Festival (Riga, LV), Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire (CA), Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art (Vaasa, FI), Kalmar Konstmuseum (SE), Galerie Gerken (Berlin, DE), Västerbottens Museum (Umeå, SE), SIM Gallery (Reykjavik, IS), 126 Gallery (Galway, IE), and Aabenraa Artweek – Biennale for international contemporary art (DK).

I will carry out a highly detailed wall drawing that fully takes advantage of the specific situation of the space. With the hashtag #örebro as a starting point, I aim to collect photographs of various unknown individuals that share their perception on the same city.
I will then transfer a selection of digital images into complex drawing collages that I will bring with me to Örebro. Eventually my own drawing collections will be utilized to create a large-scale site-specific wall drawing that will be executed with charcoal.
I want to offer a platform where the viewer is encouraged to reflect on his own relation to the huge overkill of visual information which all of us are exposed to. I aim to create a visual melting pot which contains striking examples of alienation, acts of resistance, complex thoughts, cultural heritage, hedonistic aspects, activism, pop cultural classics, historical visions, experimental approaches, humorous statements, political dreams, trivial cat images, etc.