Jour Fixe c/o STUDIO BAR in Hökis: “Slideshow Johnny” by Martin Skauen

Martin Skauen, Slideshow Johnny (still), 2012. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.


Welcome to the fourth edition of Jour Fixe. Jour Fixe happens on selected Friday nights in Stockholm: a regular meeting of experiencing art, food, drinks, and conversations at home. On this occasion, Jour Fixe presents the work “Slideshow Johnny” by Martin Skauen, who will visit us from Berlin. The work is a portrait of an outsider artist in six sequences. It alternates between stand-up comedy, poetry slams, and personal anecdotes, addressing the nature of artistic work and the fragile relationship between artists and their public.


This time, Jour Fixe is kindly hosted by STUDIO BAR still standing most straight in the studio of Carl Palm & L.T.


Curated by Stefanie Hessler


Join us on Friday, 3 May 2013, from 19.00 – 24.00 for showtime with Slideshow Johnny!

Tobaksvägen 55

T-bana Hökarängen



“Slideshow Johnny” portrays a fictional artist in six episodes that vary between stand-up comedy, poetry recitals, philosophical reflections, and consultations of a medium. The performances are executed in an idiosyncratic low-budget style, presented through slides and imagery found on the Internet. The images are accompanied by the artist’s voiceover and canned laughter from an imaginary audience. The performances are at the same time bizarre, comical, and sensitive. They emphasise the fragility of artistic practice, while dark humour runs like a common thread through all of them.


The work addresses the relationship between the artist and the audience, and the constant negotiation of legitimacy of artistic work. Johnny’s performances vary between displaying confidence in the creative whiz and letting subliminal self-doubt take over. They address the myth of artistic genius and the search for its provenance, such as in childhood experiences. The work also portrays the audience’s attitude towards the artist, at times favourable and at other times merciless or even ill-disposed. It allows to draw connections to the impact of media and mainstream on opinion making, and to the unpredictable responses of the masses.


Martin Skauen (1975)
Selected exhibitions include Flesh & Blood, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Slideshow Johnny, Art Statements, Art Basel 2012, Lights on Contemporary Norwegian Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Against Exclusion, Moscow Biennial, Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, Whenever it Starts it is the Right Time, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Tomorrow Always Belongs to Us, Gothenburg Konsthall. Skauen is a member of Tegneklubben, a drawing collective based in Oslo. Skauen is represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, and Osl Contemporary, Oslo.


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