AO On Site – New York: Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black’ at the Journal Gallery through October 25, 2009

September 17th, 2009


Artist Ida Ekblad with Michael Nevin, editor-in-chief, and Julia Dippelhofer, managing editor of the journal. Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal.

ArtObserved was on hand last Wednesday, September 9, 2009 for the opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black’ at The Journal Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The exhibition features a number of sculptural works collectively titled ‘The Gold Bug Drift (NYC),’ which take their title, and process, from Edgar Allen Poe’s story ‘The Gold Bug,’ in which the main character is bitten by a gold bug and goes searching for treasure. Ekblad’s sculptures are made of “gems and treasures” she found while on “drifts” throughout New York City, which are placed in vessels of concrete as they are discovered and carried around the city until completion.

the journal/The Journal Gallery
Ida Ekblad
Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (featuring Ida Ekblad) [Gavin Brown’s enterprise]
Ida Ekblad at The Journal Gallery [Existing Visual]
Ida Ekblad Solo Exhibition [Norway]

Ida Ekblad - Salty Sap Green Black
Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black’ via the journal/The Journal Gallery

The exhibition also includes a poem by the artist,  ‘FARE-YE-WELL':

Extracted from the strong smelling asphalt froth
A deep red female scale insect
Ho, yes, ho!

The lips of her ship is moldy
The dosh in her pocket is gone

Since roving`s been her ruin
Oh aye, oh

The stairs are sleep inducing
Way, hay up, steady she goes

The chimes of bells she faintly hears
be all ears – Be ALL ears
Then cast her mind in the stream
with fusticwood shavings and soot colored tears

kut-kut-kut hissed the vacuum
Beep beep! purred the dusty chimes of chrome

Oh poor old horse
is buried in sand
All dat done
has drifted from land

Gavin Brown, Ida Ekblad
Hope Atherton, Gavin Brown, and Ida Ekblad at the opening of ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal

The Journal Gallery is run by the journal magazine, which just released its tenth anniversary issue. See AO’s interview with editor Michael Nevin here. ‘Salty Sap Green Black’ by Ida Ekblad runs September 9-October 25, 2009. Ekblad is also featured in the three-person show ‘Europäisch-Amerikanische Freundschaft,’ at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise currently on view in New York.


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Opening of Ida Ekblad’s ‘Salty Sap Green Black.’ Photo by ArtObserved.


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal


Photo courtesy Kathy Lo of the journal