Stockholm-based Anders Krisár is interested in exploring issues surrounding the human body. Employing realistic casts of body parts Krisár then modifies them. He imbues typical torsos, arms or faces with atypical assets and surreal qualities that are at once quiet and horrific, striking and bizarre.
Evoking a sense of how fragile the human body is, Krisár’s forms stir up feelings of discomfort. Unnatural, ridiculous and sometimes even violent, the sculptures are so successfully disturbing because they are so meticulously executed. Rendered exactly and simply—skin looks like skin, body parts almost appear to be moving and breathing— Krisár’s works are convincing. But at second glance there is always something distinctly wrong.
Torsos are freakishly imprinted, headless or morphed. Bodies are severed, separated or broken. Krisár’s works thus become visual representations of the unfeasible. This un-reality gives the pieces a psychological edge.
Beyond the challenge of confronting the bizarre so perfectly portrayed Krisár incorporates ideas of splitting, mirroring and twinning, which are frequent themes in psychoanalysis. Erie yet captivating this psychological aspect gives Krisár’s work the ability to be emotional. Though the work has a quiet quality, its effects are powerful. A viewer’s sense of certainty is challenged and replaced with insecurity, question and an overall awareness that what we know only scratches the surface of what is possible.
Anders Krisár was born in 1973 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. His work which has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, the USA and Russia, also features in some of the largest public and private collections in Sweden and around the world. He is currently participating in the group exhibition ‘Leiblichkeit und Sexualität’ at the Votive Church in Vienna, along with artists such as Doug Aitken, Erwin Wurm, Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst. In the autumn of 2014, Anders Krisár will move his studio to New York.