Den belägrade staden

January 23, 2011 § 4 Comments

Someone gave me this book  – Den belägrade staden – for Christmas. It contains prints of charcoal / graphite drawings made by a Swedish artist, Mattias Fagerholm. I hadn’t heard of him before, or seen these works, so the book was a really nice surprise.

The artist was given the opportunity to partake in a polar expedition to Antarctica in 2002. Many of my favourite images of the book are the ones in the chapter called “Antarctica”, like the ones in the photo below  (“Fitzroy” and “Antarctica II”). Visually, these two images remind me of old Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e), and how mountains and waves are rendered in those prints. But the atmosphere, compared to ukiyo-e, is different. Frozen, darker, more menacing.

I like his architectural drawings a lot, too, like the ones shown below (“Hamnen” and “Container 2”). There’s a dream-like quality in them; like a nightmare in black and white, in slow motion, where the only audible sounds are muted and low.

This is the artist’s website:


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