As part of its commitment to promote cutting edge art, for the fourth year The Amory Show commissioned an artist to produce original art for all visual materials. For the 2005 fair, Jockum Nordströms signature collages have been displayed multiple times in more than 100 print and online outlets.
Nordström has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and intriguing artists of his generation. His trademark style of collages made from his own drawings is heavily influenced by both outsider and Swedish folk art. Imbued with a delightful antiquated feeling, his collages display a playful improvisational mood with themes ranging from architecture and nature to carnal debauchery.
Lars Nittve, Director, Moderna Museet Stockholm, writes: Jockum Nordström has reclaimed two of the most modest techniques - drawing and collage - to achieve an entirely contemporary expression. It's perfectly natural, when you think about it. What he gives us are stories for grown ups. Dreamy, fabulating, full of leaps from one world or era to the next - and always with an erotic charge. You get the feeling that he makes these pictures for himself. Only. And that we just happen to spot them. That's how intimate, how personal, they are - while still being so generous."
Commenting on the commission, Director of The Armory Show Katelijne De Backer said, The focus of The Armory Show has always been on new art. We have a worldwide reputation for energy and innovation. Jockum draws influence from a variety of sources and the end result, while whimsically blending serene nature and cityscapes with retro intimacy also displays a relentless sense of modern day alienation."
Jockum Nordström was born in 1963 and lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated in 1985 from Stockholms College of Art and Design. His work can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Magasin 3, Stockholm; Greensboro Museum, North Carolina; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås; The National Public Art Council of Sweden; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg and the Helsingborgs Konstmuseum, Helsinborg. Jockum Nordström is represented by Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, and David Zwirner, New York. He is married to artist Mamma Andersson.