Artist Fredrik Akum’s recent paintings explore the idea of a copy machine and its ability to not only reproduce but also reduce. Have a look at images of the show or on display at 3:e Vaningen, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Fredrik Akum was born in 1987 in Kristinehamn (Sweden). He currently lives and works in Gothenburg (Sweden).


Fredrik Akum uses flowing, luminous media to explore fleeting moments. Using the unpredictable process of snapping Polaroids, Fredrik attempts to capture fleeting moments from Sweden’s short summers, like a bloom or a flag in the breeze. His style is a mix of his intention and the serendipitous interaction of the fluid materials he uses.
He translates the images into watery paintings that drift between observed reality and daydreaming.

“I like to work with liquid paint; a lot of water, inks and acrylics, so some parts of the painting is more or less uncontrollable. So parts of the painting will be working with each other without my full determination. There is something akin to Polaroid film in this. You have the material and the motif, but to control the outcome is not always possible” says Akum.


He then goes on to say “The youth of my pictures are mostly my friends, and many of our escapades unfold naturally in the forest. This core of close friends comes from the very small town we were born in. Where imagination is put at risk in order to kill time and not get too bored. We use to end up in the woods, the mountains or by the lakes.”

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