Delightful Nightmare in San Francisco

9.15.2011


I'd never heard of Czech-born Swedish artist Klara Kristalova before visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in August. I found the strangely dark yet fun and mythical work super interesting. It's like she takes the naiveté of childhood and the subconscious to create a weird balance between nightmare and delight. She engages a set of questions as to what it is you're really looking at and I can't wait to see her new exhibition when it opens here in New York next month.

What do you think of her ceramic sculptures? Too odd, intriguing, fun?


(photos via here and here)

SF Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco - through Oct. 30th
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th St., New York - Oct. 27 - Jan. 28, 2012


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19 comments:

Lisa Maria said...

Your posts make me want to return to my home state of California! I love your blog :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Awww I'm feeling the same thing as Lisa Marie. Your post makes me miss California. I am definitely singing "I left my heart in San Francisco".

O'Melly said...

WoW! Very interesting sculptures! I think she definitely has a creative mind!

Peiyinn said...

That's fantastic sculptures!

whitney said...

I love these! They look so exquisite!

C said...

Interesting. Quite interesting.

Kate said...

Delightful nightmares. Really like this, would never have found it without you!

Ankyl said...

great post ;)
and you are very pretty!
hugs!

LORENA said...

@ Ankyl - aw thank you!

Red Nomad OZ said...

All three! Love the blurring of traditional with gothic - that makes them really thought-provoking pieces!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs K said...

It looks a little like she have clams on the top of her head..so maybe some sort of dark mermaid;) Great Blog and Beautiful Pics!!

Anonymous said...

Her stuff resembles halloween alot

Dimitra said...

its a really good art-work.
ur blog looks really interesting and i'd like to check it out. i read u travel a lot and thats super amazing! i LOVE traveling but i still havent visited the places i want to! who knows? when i'll come to N.Y im gona get in contact with u. haha :)

im following ur blog. its lovely
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TexaGermaNadian said...

Love this! And you were spot on with the title, it is like a beautiful nightmare. I am really glad you joined in the blog hop this weekend. Now I get a good chance to check out your site. Have a good one!

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LaiLa said...

I want to go there! to that shop, all the food looks so yummy :D

JRuud said...

Very interesting!! Kind of scary in the same sense. Wow. Awesome sculptures.

Great blog!!
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Vapid Vixen said...

My initial reaction what "WTF??" But in a good way. It's definitely unusual but I definitely like her work. It's a little dark and twisty but not too dark.

LORENA said...

Thank you everyone for all your comments!

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