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Ekta is the moniker used by the Swedish artist Daniel Götesson (b. 1978). Artist first, but also animator, sculptor, designer and illustrator, Ekta has been able to challenge traditional categorisation by – regardless of context – adhering to a clear artistic vision and firm integrity. Ekta’s work has been exhibited all over Europe.
Ekta Sketchbooks I-III are filled with pages thickened by collages, drawings and layers of paint and tape, present a view of moments of creative relief and represent the arena for the endless experimentation characterizing Ekta’s process and output. Many pages have the quality of original works, both referencing the past and offering glimpses into the artist’s future output.
The three books in the set are beautifully crafted facsimile reproductions of the artist's sketchbooks. Each page of the original books has been scanned and meticulously post-produced. The books were printed on a state-of-the-art Komori HPT press, on uncoated Munken Kristall paper, with textured, black leather covers and titles embossed in gold foil. Every volume has been assigned a specific colour, which is used for the end-papers, head-bands, tail-bands and book-marks. The books are housed in handmade, cloth-bound slipcases which are painted by the artist, one by one, making each set unique. Each set is also signed and numbered by Ekta.
A supplementary booklet, enclosed in a pocket inside the back cover of volume III, features an essay by author, playwright and artist Henrik Bromander, who was invited to associate and write freely based on the content of the three sketchbooks. Also included is a critical essay by artists and gallerists Mattia Lullini and Alina Vergnano of Nevven Gallery.
Published by ll’Editions, Gothenburg, Sweden
First Edition of 300 signed and numbered copies
15,5 cm x 22,5 cm
Housed in a handmade, cloth-bound slipcase, painted individually by the artist
Book Design by Lundgren+ Lindqvist
Texts by Henrik Bromander, Mattia Lullini, Alina Vergnano