Fredrik Nielsen’s main material is glass. Trained a glass blower he is approaching his material and the traditions around it in his very own way. His raw expression influenced by graffiti, music and pop culture is pushing our perception of glass into new directions.
Nielsen considers his technique and choice of material as his artistic framework. Within this framework he is exploring and searching for new expressions resulting in glass objects marked by the process of making them.
Of central interest in Fredrik Nielsen’s artistic practice is the body. The bodily aspects of creating his pieces, the heavy material and hot studio, has turned his process into a competition between himself and the artworks he creates. “I want the physical effort to be so big that I am creating a work that is competing with my own body. Everything that reaches this stadium of competition becomes important, then I have created a volume that is looking for the limits of body and mass.”
Fredrik Nielsen (b. 1977) have attended both Orrefors Glass School, Sweden and Pilchuck Glass School, USA as well as the Royal Institute of Art, Sweden. Recent exhibitions include Corning Museum of Glass, NYC, Vessel Gallery, London, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg and Millesgården, Stockholm. Nielsen is represented in public collections worldwide, such as Nationalmuseum, Sweden, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Ariana Museum, Switzerland, Tore G Wäenstams Stiftelse, Sweden as well as in private collections in Sweden, Finland and USA. He lives and works in Stockholm.