Max Magnus Norman

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The painting Angels on Line by Max Magnus Norman
The sculpture Death by Raygun by Max Magnus Norman
Street art The sea cat, in Stockholms ström

Cal Henrik Max Magnus Norman (born July 30, 1973) is a Swedish artist, painter, and sculptor.

Norman was born in Sundsvall, Medelpad, he currently lives and works in Ekerö, Stockholm.[1][2] He paints visions and dreamlike images[3] as accurately as possible, which results in paintings with a photorealistic quality.[citation needed] His works are intended to spread virally among social networks on the Internet; his art and stunts often deal with everyday events spiced up with a touch of the absurd.

A few examples of such works created for the Internet are the illustrated essay "The LED (minor) Artcrime Tutorial" and the Moose graffiti stunt, where the artist sneaks up on a wild moose and paints graffiti on it. His sculpture and plastic arts projects have received some exposure in Sweden, such as his art project that consisted of a woodpecker placed on a traffic camera on the E4 near Stockvik.[4] In another of Max Magnus Norman's art projects the artist created an unknown (but huge) number of plastic monkeys, about 1 metres in length. One night in early May 2009 he put up these monkeys in different settings all over the small city Sundsvall. One monkey was riding a crocodile in the middle of the central stream Selångersån and one was placed upon a traffic light making it look like the monkey controlled the traffic, some monkeys were even placed under water. A few of these monkeys still remain, amongst other one flying 20 metres up in the air, holding a beer can above the intersection Köpmangatan-Thulegatan.[5][6]

In 2008, a statue of his, "Kuken ska ha sitt,"[7] which includes a 30 cm. long penis, caused some local outcry which was noticed by the Swedish press: the "obscene sculpture" drew notice and commentary from the two largest Swedish papers, Aftonbladet[8] and Expressen.[9] As it happened, Norman's sculpture coincided with a few other "phallic" Swedish works of art that year, including a full-frontal nude Jesus;[10] the fact that Norman's sculpture was provided with a warning for the young[11] enhanced its reputation, as well as that of the artist.[12][13][14]

Norman is selected to represent Sweden[citation needed] in the sculpting of the M2M, the Monument to Mankind project,[citation needed] and is the creator of a computer game, Abashera.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmlund, Susanne (2006-11-03). "Sundsvallskonstnärer gör affischer" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2009-01-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ Fredriksson, Johanna (2007-08-04). "Kulturfakta om Sundsvall" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2009-01-30. [dead link]
  3. ^ Holmlund, Susanne (2008-07-01). "Modernt och historiskt möts i Röklandsgården" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]
  4. ^ Östberg, Anita (2007-09-25). "Hacke hackspett - i stället för rondellhund" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2009-01-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ Hallberg, Lasse (2009-05-08). "Sundsvall apar sig" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Street Art Monkeys". Max Magnus Norman. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Kuken ska ha sitt". Max Magnus Norman. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  8. ^ "Varnar barn för obscen skulptur" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  9. ^ Lundström, Louise. "Barn varnas för skulpturen 'Kuken'" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  10. ^ Persson, Henrik. "Fallosen får länet på fall" (in Swedish). Allehanda. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  11. ^ Kjellberg, Niklas (2008-07-10). "Hans utställning har väckt starka reaktioner" (in Swedish). Dagbladet i Sundsvall. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  12. ^ Nilsson, Fredrik (2008-07-09). "Kuken fick sitt på Norra berget" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. Archived from the original on 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  13. ^ Brånfelt, Björn (2008-08-22). "Brånis presenterar: Innelistan i Medelpad - sommar-special" (in Swedish). Dagbladet i Sundsvall. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  14. ^ Kjellberg, Niklas (2008-07-30). "Hallå där" (in Swedish). Dagbladet i Sundsvall. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  15. ^ Free 3D game: Abashera 2

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