He is Bo
You might think that Bo Christian Larsson is a little bit grim and hard to understand person. However he is a real artist. That’s why we choose to meet him and talk with him.
Firstly, we saw his lovely mini hotels, made by old suitcases. Then we visited his website to see his other art works and we were impressed!
It is sure: the art of Mr. Larsson is very deep and carries a lot of messages. Some might call it kind of strange, but it definitely makes you feel and think.
Hello, Bo! Could you tell us more about you: who are you and what do you do for living?
I am a swedish born visual artist that has been mostly active outside of Sweden for most of my professional career.
However, I have recently been reintroduced to the swedish art scene with a solo show that travelled to two museums (Kalmar konstmuseum and Kristinehamns konstmuseum) in Sweden and one commercial show in Galleri Christian Larsen in Stockholm.
For the rest I am sharing my time between Berlin and a place called Ragnarby in Sweden working on new large sized drawings, sculptures and other ritualistic designs.
What was your first art project?
It must have been some creation in the forest in Sweden when I was a young kid. The things I do today and the things I did then are not that different, just that they are closer to a real insight today.
What did you want to become when you were a child?
How do you define your art works? And what kind of materials do you use to create them?
I don’t define my artworks myself, I see no need for definitions in art.
I create large drawings on paper, works on canvas, sculptures in all kinds of materials, installations with or without performative elements and video works. It is the process that keeps the work on a clear track, the artistic vision is that what matters most.
Share with us the story of your suitcases hotels =) They are lovely!
Thank you! These works are very clear and typical, and they speak strongly for themselves in my opinion.
When is you favorite time for working – tell us more about your working place (if you have photos of it, you can show it to us +)
I work on an everyday basis and I see my process as a job, the more frequent the better. I have one studio in Berlin and one on the countryside in Sweden.
Recently, I spend most of my time in Sweden due to personal interests.
I don’t like to share images of my studio since it just looks like a chaos that makes no sense to onlookers.
What is the current situation of the art scene in Sweden. Is it a good place for artists?
I can’t really tell you about the Swedish art scene yet, but it is for sure rather small and sometimes very local. There are a lot of small nice museums and institutions. But the general population in Sweden are more interested in spending tax money on sport than on art and culture.
What are your plans for the future?
Are your dreams come true?
If by dreams you mean goals… then yes.