Bob Landström

13363 kHz, 2019, Pigmented Volcanic Rock on Canvas, 48 x 72 inches

Bob Landström – Florum Somnia at Morton Contemporary Art

Philadelphia’s Morton Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes a captivating new collection by artist Bob Landström. Titled Florum Somnia: Flowers Dreaming, this exhibition introduces Philadelphia to Landström’s distinctive painting style, where crushed, pigmented volcanic rock is employed to create richly textured and symbolically layered artworks.

Landström’s artistic journey has led him to a unique approach using crushed volcanic rock. This unconventional medium has allowed him to develop a distinctive painting style characterized by its granulated texture and vibrant colors. With each grain of volcanic rock painstakingly pigmented and applied in thick layers, Landström achieves striking color combinations that are impossible to replicate with traditional liquid paint.

Born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Bob Landström’s artistic pursuits began with an invitation to study fine art at Carnegie-Mellon University. He continued his education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Alongside his artistic endeavors, Landström holds a Bachelor’s and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, a unique blend of artistic creativity and scientific rigor.

Bob Landström
Bob Landström in his studio…

The Florum Somnia series initially introduced in a solo exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, takes center stage at Morton Contemporary. The collection features works not only from this titular series but also from Landström’s recent creations. As the name suggests, Florum Somnia delves into the communication and sentience of plant life. Landström’s paintings conjure imaginary landscapes where these botanical transmissions manifest visually. These creations are deeply informed by the artist’s research into scientific studies, plant medicine, and plant sound recordings captured in his studio.

Within this collection, viewers can expect to encounter paintings that explore themes of communication and the transmission of invented symbols and meaning. Each piece offers a visual puzzle, enticing viewers to unravel its enigmatic narrative. Bob Landström’s art encourages contemplation and exploration, making this a must-see exhibition. 

Bob Landström
Bioyino, 2023, Pigmented Volcanic Rock on Canvas, 30 x 30 inches

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