The exhibition “Seven grant recipients” is a group presentation at Sven-Harry's Art Museum. It presents works of those artists who have been awarded grants from the building contractor Sven-Harry’s Art and Housing Foundation from its inception in 2001 until 2009. It succeeds the exhibition of Lars Kleen, this year’s grant recipient who was also the museum’s first exhibitor. The exhibition is composed of seven totally disparate artistic expressions. It has no themes, and can instead be seen as small presentations of where each artist is today, artistically speaking. Most of the works have not previously been shown in Stockholm and, with a few exceptions, have been created over the last few years. The presentation of these artists’ works will be a historical account of the foundation’s ambitions within the artistic field, before being shown in the building. What they all have in common is that at a certain point in time, they have been part of the process of articulating what has been understood as the objectives of the foundation.
In the statutes, the foundation’s interest for “construction, architecture, the living environment, painting and sculpture and thus connected art forms” is emphasised. It is thus acceptable to call attention to and promote quality, within constructing itself as well as art. And how do you promote quality in art and constructing? By highlighting something, you can contribute to influencing how we view quality, as quality in many cases is a social construction. To create attention in a wider circle, to give room to an event or individual to be “seen” for a moment, can be a tool in working on this social agreement and thus influence the very concept of quality itself.
Handing out a grant also contributes to a guarantee of quality of the foundation’s own activity. A chance for it to reflect over its purpose every other year and to formulate what is seen as a positive or innovative contribution within an artistic area. Then what is architectonically beautiful or functional and adapted for humans becomes self-evident. And especially considering the background of the foundation, through a life’s work within the building industry, often from a craftsmanslike perspective, of beautiful and functional homes. There various materials’ functions and aesthetics have been important sources of inspiration.