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Lukas Göthman's works are based on text. His paintings created with massive layers of paint incorporate words from the artist's travel journals, both real and fictional. Göthman's travel writings are created in places that are in one way or another connected to the past and to remembering. In paintings of various sizes, the words can take the lead or simply echo frames of mind. The relationship of image with word, and with Göthman's overall working process, induces synaesthesia - a mingling of the senses. The written elements become gestures in the painting, ultimately forming their own language and poetry. The works resemble "expeditions into the wonderful tragedy that is life", as Göthman says, inviting viewers to make their own journeys.
Helsinki Contemporary 2016
The abstract paintings by the Stockholm-resident artist Lukas Göthman (b. 1970) are based on text. Göthman's paintings are created layer by layer, and depict words from real and imaginary travel journals written by the artist himself. The textual elements become painted gestures, ultimately speaking their own language and poetry. In Sweden this self-taught artist is popular with the general public. His previous solo exhibition, Dreamers and Lovers Drifting, was at Björkholmen Gallery in 2015, and he last showed at Helsinki Contemporary in 2012. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions around Sweden and Europe, including Stockholm, Malmö, Amsterdam and Paris.