Letters from Mayhem, D, 2003
Watercolor on paper
13 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York




In his recent Letters from Mayhem, Swedish artist Roger Andersson presents a series of perverse interior worlds in which miniscule figures engage in a host of illicit acts. Meticulously rendered in blue watercolor, each letter of Andersson’s alphabet is a tribute to adolescent good times gone wild: lust, pot, chain smoking, naughty cartoons, and heavy metal music are just a small portion of his lexicon. But the whole libidinal stew is done with an elegant flourish and a skilled hand that harkens back to artists of the Northern Renaissance like Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer. Andersson renders his own twisted Eden; beneath the carefully drawn cigarette butts and tangled weeds lies an earnest sense of longing for those heady days when youth and poetry
shared the same drinking spot.

Roger Andersson
Born 1966 in Linkiping, Sweden. Lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Andersson has had recent solo exhibitions at Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York (2003 and 2002) and Galleri Magnus Karlsson in Stockholm (2001). Selected group exhibitions include Moderna Museet c/o at Malmo Konsthall in Malmo, Sweden (2003); Bifurcation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2003); Three Rooms at Ciocca Arte Contemporanea in Milan (2002); Bevil at Modern Museum in Stockholm (2001); and Liste 2001 at Young Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland (2001).