Mikael Sandblom’s work proposes that what we see is not all there is; that how we each frame the world is incomplete and contingent. Landscapes and cityscapes are the starting point for a visual and conceptual act of dissolution.
Sandblom’s art breaks apart and reforms before our eyes. Patches of water atomize into vertical bands as you approach. Dot patterns resolve into billowing clouds as you step back. Throughout the surface, fragments of images float into focus and then recede as the eye moves on to other elements. Water is a recurring motif. It is represented through photographic images, weather maps and mathematical formulas describing the behaviour of waves.
These mixed-media paintings are built in layers. Photos, paint and laser-cut elements float over a reflective aluminum substrate that causes the images to change with the light and the angle of view.
The paintings do not resolve into single images that can be seen all at once. They reflect a world where nothing is solid or permanent. It’s our act of perception that brings elements into being and dissolves them again.
The experience of viewing these paintings could be more widely applied to life. If we can nudge ourselves to question our tacit assumptions and presuppositions about our world, then we make room for wider possibilities.