This weekend Marta in Los Angeles closes its show with Stockholm-born, Barcelona-based Klas Ernflo. His solo presentation titled Anorak presents new large-scale, free-hanging textile paintings alongside several unique blanket works and existing sculptures. The pieces, which variably suggest coverings for inclement weather, non-wearable shelter, and communal or familial garments, infer a soft network of voids and connectors atop canvas scrims that both describe and delineate space. 


Ernflo’s exhibition takes its name from the Greenlandic ‘annoraaq’ (a parka or hooded jacket) and the British slang term ‘anorak,’ the latter of which describes an individual with particular interest in niche subject matter and was initially used in the United Kingdom to label so-called trainspotters. Over the course of a summer, Ernflo learned to sew by hand and machine, immersing himself in the nuances and tactility of a new medium while making marks with fabric that the artist might have previously rendered in paint. The results, made dimensional by the layering of material and the addition of various wood and rope fasteners, quietly imply the presence of the artist while rendering form that also connotes a subtle portraiture of other unnamed subjects. 

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Positioned just far enough away from the gallery’s walls to allow glances at each piece’s reverse, Ernflo’s textile paintings reveal themselves to be discreetly double-sided: suitable both to wall-hanging and to screening, dividing, and defining space. Klas Ernflo’s output ranges from drawings and paintings to sculptures and installations. He has published work in periodicals like Apartamento, Domus, Frame, and Le Monde d’Hermès. Initially trained as a commercial artist in Sweden, Ernflo has maintained a thematic and formal throughline across commissioned and independent work, returning time and again to the intimation of figure and body by means of their coverings and accouterments.

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Anorak is Ernflo’s first exhibition in the United States and closes at Marta on December 22nd, 2019.