Coulisse Gallery (SE)

Coulisse Gallery, founded in early 2022 and led by Filip Zięciak and Jeanette Gunnarsson, is dedicated to showcasing both emerging and established cutting-edge international and local artists in their early to mid-careers. Their mission is to connect these artists with passionate collectors and art enthusiasts in and beyond Stockholm, Sweden. With collaboration as a key driving force, the gallery strives to infuse a dynamic energy into the city's art scene. They actively engage with artists, galleries, and curators who share common visual and conceptual themes, often centred around environmental concerns, gender-related issues, and queer identities.

Coulisse Gallery Stockholm
Sigtunagatan 15
113 22 Stockholm
+46 722609135

Curated for
CHART

For our CHART 2024 presentation we would like to bring a group of four artists: Josefina Anjou (SE), Matti Sumari (FI), Christofer Degrér (SE) and Paul Robas (RO). We have selected this group of artists as a cross-section or highlight of the gallery programming, artists we are currently working with and will be exhibiting throughout the coming year. Each artist uses narrative and storytelling in an attempt to build worlds that echo different aspects of contemporary life-circular economies, found imagery and architectural questions.

Matti Sumari (FI)

Matti Sumari is interested in investigating the resources that can be extracted from urban surroundings—free slag materials, by-products of our way of life, sorted out through the city's metabolism into dump sites. Different extracted metals are gathered to cast into sculptures. The recurring motif is the slug, a decomposer of organic matter itself. Although, in Matti’s work, these sluggish cucumbers and pickle forms play various roles. Sometimes, they appear as fingers, ornamental floral formations, small birds, or insect-like creatures.

Matti Sumari (b. 1988; FI) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden, and graduated with an MFA from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. Recent exhibitions include: Gislaveds Konsthall (Gislaved; SE), Alma Löv Museum of Unexpected Art (Östra Ämtervik; SE), Liste Art Fair (Basel; CH).

Perennial I

Aluminium, cast using metals gathered from dumpsites
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Lena Bergendahl

 

Slug and baker share a dream II

Stainless steel from illegal catering operation, copper, aluminium, cast using metals from dumpsites
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Lena Bergendahl

 

Local dish II

Steel, bronze, aluminum
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Lena Bergendahl

 

Perennial II

Nordic gold, copper, aluminium, cast using metals gathered from dumpsites
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Lena Bergendahl

 

Matti Sumari, Liste Art Fair Basel, Solo Booth, 2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by GRAYSC

Paul Robas (RO)

Paul Robas’s works are a reflection and an attempt to make sense of the world, to create a narrative from fragments of everyday life. Most of the paintings have an eerie, dreamlike atmosphere. His main medium is painting; colour and surface are central parts of his work and research. He constructs images in layers and different consistencies. In this way, he tries to transfer the historically burdened traditional medium of painting into the present, questioning its role as an artistic medium.

Paul Robas (b. 1989; RO) lives and works in Vienna, Austria, and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: Solito (Naples; IT), Gallery Vacancy (Shanghai; CN), The Shophouse (Hong Kong; CN).

Pins and Needles

Acrylic on canvas
2023

Courtesy of the artist and Alice Amati London. Photo by Tom Carter

 

Beside the point

Acrylic on canvas
2023

Courtesy of the artist and Alice Amati London. Photo by Tom Carter

 

Current Location

Acrylic and ink on canvas
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Vacancy Shanghai

 

Thud

Acrylic and ink on board
2023

Courtesy of the artist and Alice Amati, London. Photo by Tom Carter

 

Slow Burn

Acrylic and ink on linen
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Vacancy Shanghai

 

Paul Robas, A Small Land of Watery Light, Installation View, Gallery Vacancy

Courtesy of the artist, Coulisse Gallery and Gallery Vacancy

Josefina Anjou (SE)

She is foremost a painter whose work, which sometimes extends the limits of the canvas into its surrounding architecture, varies in their methods of paint application more so than in their motifs. She considers the works co-created, where the artist is one in a series of actors who manifest them.

Josefina Anjou (b. 1993; SE) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Anjou graduated with a BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, in 2019 and an MFA at Konstfack, Stockholm, in 2024. Recent exhibitions include: Andy’s Gallery (Stockholm; SE), Konstnärshuset (Stockholm; SE), Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam; NL).

Goofball Golfball

Screenprint, ink, & oil on canvas
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Sanna Argus Tirén

 

Mister Jester Cocktail

Screenprint, ink and oil on canvas
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Sanna Argus Tirén

 

Type AB Negative

Screenprint, ink and oil on canvas
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Sanna Argus Tirén

 

Wingdings Weddings!

Screenprint, marker pen and oil on canvas
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Sanna Argus Tirén

 

Christofer Degrér (SE)

Christofer Degrér’s practice encompasses entanglements between text, sculpture, and installation. Lines of inquiry are set by gothic fiction, role-playing games, and nature, which comprise liminal hybrids and consistencies where reality and fiction are encouraged to approach complication and instability. Objects such as symbolically overburdened roses, miniature dioramas, and overgrown meadows reoccur amid often meandering, stretched-out captions and accompanying texts. Degrér’s practice is realized using two main methods of organization: speculative world-building via poetry and role-playing systems, and abductive inference models via allusions to online user interfaces under late capitalism.

Christofer Degrér (b. 1990; SE) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. Degrér graduated from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: Billytown (The Hague; NL), Sulfur (Malmö; SE), Celsius Projects (Malmö; SE), and Coulisse Gallery (Stockholm; SE).

Catenaries and Dirigibles

2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Julia Malmquist

 

Hemostasis (sloppy dream)

2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Julia Malmquist

 

Rose (xix)

Chroma key paint and rose thorns (removed from dead wild white rose bushes next to a closed observatory in a light-polluted city park under a full moon) on artificial white rose
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Julia Malmquist

 

Rose (xxiii)

Chroma key paint and rose thorns (removed from dead wild white rose bushes next to a closed observatory in a light-polluted city park under a full moon) on artificial white rose
2024

Courtesy of the artist and Coulisse Gallery. Photo by Julia Malmquist