Dark adaptation

FREDRIK BRÅNSTAD

 

Dark adaptation is the term that describes the process of the eye’s adjustment to
various levels of darkness. It is also the title of Fredrik Brånstad’s third exhibition at S.P.G.
Light and tonality are central elements to the painting of Fredrik Brånstad.
In his new series of works, Brånstad keeps exploring spatiality and materials, creating suggestive,
yet at the same time realistic, rooms, where the sober colour palette enhances the enigmatic atmosphere.

By the time of his final exhibition at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2002,
Brånstad had already started to construct architectural spaces that combine classical elements
with a contemporary mood. But where Brånstad’s rooms previously lacked any trace of organic life,
his new works begin to integrate the occasional flower or animal, flanking the rooms as if seeking a doorway.
Another meaning of the word “adaptation” is the genetic ability of animals to adjust to a new environment.
Also included in the exhibition is a portrait of the artist as a child.

Brånstad was born in 1973 and lives and works in Stockholm.
Dark adaptation is his third solo show at S.P.G., with previous exhibitions held in 2008 and 2011.
He has also had solo shows at Galleri 1, Konsthallen Hishult and Galleri Odvalds,
and participated in Market, Art Copenhagen and the Spring Salon at Liljevalchs konsthall.
He is represented at Västra Götaland county council, Public Art Agency Sweden,
City of Stockholm and Gotland municipality.

Brånstad studied at Pernby Art School and
the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, graduating in 2002.