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Johanna Bystrom Sims
updated: 04/13/2011
website: www.johannabystromsims.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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The Thought of Where
Lost in Europe
Looking for Order
End of Summer
In the Midst of everything
Beyond the Ocean
Across the Bridge
Across the Bridge (detail)
Descending
Urban Confusion
Connecting
Farmland
Weather Phenomenon, Stockholm
The White House & Buckingham Palace
End of the World
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, urban, fantasy, memory, identity, process, surreal, political, animals, architecture
 
 
The Thought of Where by Johanna Bystrom Sims
The Thought of Where
Ink on paper
2011
14 " x  20 " 
Lost in Europe by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Lost in Europe
ink on paper
2005
30" x  37" 
Looking for Order by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Looking for Order
Ink on paper
2008
30" x  20" 
End of Summer by Johanna Bystrom Sims
End of Summer
Ink on paper
2007
21" x  16" 
In the Midst of everything by Johanna Bystrom Sims
In the Midst of everything
Ink on paper
2008
20" x  15" 
Beyond the Ocean by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Beyond the Ocean
Ink on paper
2008
30" x  20" 
Across the Bridge by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Across the Bridge
Ink on paper
2009
20" x  30" 
Across the Bridge (detail) by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Across the Bridge (detail)
Ink on paper
2009
0" x  0" 
Descending by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Descending
ink on paper
2007
30" x  20" 
Urban Confusion by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Urban Confusion
ink on paper
2007
61" x  41" 
Connecting by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Connecting
ink on paper
2005
30" x  20" 
Farmland by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Farmland
ink on paper
2005
30" x  20" 
Weather Phenomenon, Stockholm by Johanna Bystrom Sims
Weather Phenomenon, Stockholm
ink on paper
2006
11" x  23" 
The White House & Buckingham Palace by Johanna Bystrom Sims
The White House & Buckingham Palace
ink on paper
2005
18" x  32" 
End of the World by Johanna Bystrom Sims
End of the World
ink on paper
2004
84" x  84" 

Artist Statement
The idea of a world in constant fluctuation fascinates me. I am thinking of cities as developing organisms rather than static structures. In my drawings I use references from inhabited places all over the world and by combining them I create imaginary societies. The viewer may find areas that seem familiar, but as the eye travels along the streets the neighbourhood changes into unfamiliar territory.

Spontaneous order is a term that describes the spontaneous emergence of order out of
seeming chaos. It is also a social theory that describes the emergence of various kinds of social order from a combination of self-interested individuals who are not intentionally trying to create order. I am interested in the way cities grow, how they are shaped by the human mechanism. Although a lot of the city planning is controlled there is always a dimension of it that we may not pay much attention to. We unintentionally create similar patterns over and over again, even as a crowd is crossing the street we move according to certain rules and our movements are like somewhat predictable maps.

In my drawings I set up the backdrop for a suggested narrative. With the lines I try to guide the eye through the scene, but it is up to the viewer to fill in the gaps and imagine the full scenario.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected exhibitions

2008 "Clinton Hill Art Festival", NY

2008 "Marks On Paper", Pharmaka, LA

2008 The Line That Connects You To Me, Brooklyn Arts Council, NY

2008 Everything is Museum, Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, NY

2007 Selected Stories, Pharmaka, Los Angeles
2006 Art on Paper 2006, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2006 Works on Paper, Flux Factory, NY
2005 16 Rooms, Hall Street Studios, NY
2005 Åkerby Sculpture Park, Nora, Sweden
2005 Project Diversity, Rongio Gallery, NY
2005 Ladylike, Naked Duck Gallery, NY
2003 d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge festival, NY
2003 Shikishi, Bedford Gallery, San Francisco
2002 SJP Osaka International Exhibition, Japan
2002 Restless Children and Adolescents, sound installation, Mannheim, Germany
2001 Again, Swedish Embassy, Tokyo
2001 OBP 2001, Omori Bellport, Tokyo
2001 Tokyo Art Factory, Tokyo
2001 Interior Landscapes, Henry Street Settlement / Abrons Arts Center, NY
2001 Special Projects 2, Visual Arts Gallery, NY
2000 Artemis III, Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala, Sweden
2000 Chase Manhattan Bank, NY
1998 Järnboden, Harg, Sweden
1997 Hemma, Ekeby qvarn, Uppsala, Sweden
1997 Artemis I, Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala, Sweden


Public art
Shadows, Sculpture outside a retirement home, Sala, Sweden


Permanent collections
Åkerby Sculpture Park


Awards & recognition
2005 Artist in Residence, Åkerby Sculpture Park, Sweden
2002 Atlantic Center for the Arts, associate artist with Dennis Oppenheim, Florida
2000 Achievement Award, School of Visual Arts, New York
1998 The Uppsala Municipal Award for Artistic Achievement, Sweden
1994 The Sala Municipal Award for Artistic Achievement, Sweden


Education
1999-2001 Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York
1989-1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Leeds, England


Bibliography
Närkes Allehanda, Newspaper article, Johanna Berglund, 2005
One, Periodical article, Aki Watano, 2003
Catalogue, "Again", Swedish Embassy, Tokyo, 2001
Catalogue, ”The Earth Festival”, Greece, 2001
Uppsala Nya Tidning, Newspaper article, Stina Högkvist, 2000
Uppsala Nya Tidning, Newspaper article, Anna Westin, 1998
Catalogue, "Artemis I", Uppsala, Sweden, 1997