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Ekta’s sketchbooks offer a unique glimpse into the process of one of the most prolific European artists of his generation.
Ekta’s sketchbooks offer a unique glimpse into the process of one of the most prolific European artists of his generation.
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Ekta is the moniker used by Swedish artist Daniel Götesson (b. 1978), for a career now almost two decades long. Artist first but also animator, sculptor, designer and illustrator, Ekta has been able to challenge traditional categorisation and definitions by — no matter the context — adhering to a clear artistic vision and integrity, steering clear of compromise. 

Götesson's achievements so far include painting a 36x12m mural in Gdansk, collaborating with the Italian fashion house Marni for a capsule collection, illustrations for the New York Times and painting countless walls and canvases. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over Europe.

 

Photo by Kalle Sanner, Art Direction by Lundgren+Lindqvist.
Photo by Kalle Sanner, Art Direction by Lundgren+Lindqvist.

  

Götesson's art is an endless string of variations and evolutions. Achieving balance and harmony is just as important as subsequently destroying it, in a rhythmical yet relentless fluctuation between two extremes. These clashing but inseparable aspects are at the heart of Ekta's groundbreaking and influential artworks.

  

Portraits, Acrylic on canvas.
Portraits, Acrylic on canvas.

 

Uncommissioned wall, Gothenburg 2017.
Uncommissioned wall, Gothenburg 2017.

  

Oro Exhibition, New York Times Illustration, London Mural, Marni Collaboration, Växjö Mural
Oro Exhibition, New York Times Illustration, London Mural, Marni Collaboration, Växjö Mural

 

36 m x 12 m wall painted in Gdańsk, Poland.
36 m x 12 m wall painted in Gdańsk, Poland.

 

  

"During one of our frequent visits to Ekta's studio, the artist allowed us a rare peek into one of his sketchbooks, hidden in a drawer under his table. It completely blew our minds. We immediately knew that we had to publish it."
Lundgren+Lindqvist, on the conception of the project. Read more about L+L and ll'Editions in the collaborators' section.

Ekta's sketchbooks offer a unique insight into the Swedish artist's mind and world. These books, densely filled with pages thickened by collages, drawings, layers of paint and tape, allow us to view the artist's personal moments of creative relief. At the same time, the books represent the arena for the endless experimentation characterising Götesson's process and output. When Götesson has worked through one of the books, he will start over from the beginning and work his way through the book again. This process is repeated until he feels that the book is finished.

With drawings and collages, unexpected textures and notes, the pages have the quality of original works, both referencing the past and offering glimpses into the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 by one of Sweden's foremost experts on art scanning and meticulously post produced. The books will be printed and bound in Sweden, with textured, black leather covers and titles embossed in gold. The books will be printed on a state-of-the-art Komori HPT press, with unparalleled colour reproduction, on delicate, uncoated Munken paper.

The set includes three hardcover volumes of 120 pages each (360 p. in total). A supplementary leaflet, enclosed in a pocket inside the back cover of volume III, features a critical essay by artists and gallerists Mattia Lullini and Alina Vergnano (Nevven Gallery). Also featured is an essay by author and artist Henrik Bromander, who has been invited to associate and write freely based on the content of the three sketchbooks.

Each volume has been assigned a colour, which is used for the endpapers and the silk ribbons. The three volumes are contained in a handmade slipcase.

  

Ekta Sketchbooks Volume I-III
Ekta Sketchbooks Volume I-III

 

 

 

 

                          
The spreads of the original books are meticulously scanned, post produced and printed on a Komori HPT press for the best possible result.
The spreads of the original books are meticulously scanned, post produced and printed on a Komori HPT press for the best possible result.

  

Foil embossed leather-bound covers.
Foil embossed leather-bound covers.

 

                          

 

                          

 

The books come in a handmade slipcase.
The books come in a handmade slipcase.

 

 

Books: three hand numbered and signed hardcover, leather-bound books.
120 pages per book (360 pages in total), each page measuring 155x225 mm. 

Box: one handmade, cloth-bound slipcase. 

Leaflet: supplementary leaflet in A5 format, in a pocket inside the back cover of Volume III.
Texts by: Henrik Bromander, Mattia Lullini & Alina Vergnano 
Paper: Munken Kristall 150 g/m2 (uncoated). Coloured Colorit end papers. 
Print: 4+4 Hybrid Print Technology Offset print. 
Published by: ll’Editions 
Designed by: Lundgren+Lindqvist 
Scanning and post production: Sandeng 
Printed by: Göteborgstryckeriet (GBGT)  

  

When we initiated and started planning this project, around eight months ago, we were planning on publishing just one of Ekta's sketchbooks. However, we soon realised that when the books are read in sequence, the sum of the parts is far greater than when just reading one book. Consequently, we decided that instead of one book, we would publish a set of three volumes, each highlighting a different period of the artists work. To hold the books, we also decided to make handmade slipcases. Staying true to the original sketchbooks, making softcover reproductions, which had cut our costs considerably, was not an option. Avoiding to cut any corners, the aim of producing a beautiful facsimile edition of the books also required extensive work on the scanning and post production of each the spreads - adding up to a total of 360 pages.

We now turn to the Kickstarter community for help in making this project come to life. Thank you very much for viewing this project and for your support.

   

  

  
Ekta Coins 

Part collectors' coin, part artist multiple; the Ekta coin has been designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist. The coin measures 31 x 31 mm and comes in a transparent acrylic coin box and is limited to a 100 copies, available only for supporters of the campaign.
Part collectors' coin, part artist multiple; the Ekta coin has been designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist. The coin measures 31 x 31 mm and comes in a transparent acrylic coin box and is limited to a 100 copies, available only for supporters of the campaign.

  

Ekta Sans Typeface

Ekta Sans has been developed from the artist's characteristic handwriting and turned into a full display typeface by Tor Weibull, in collaboration with Lundgren+Lindqvist.
Ekta Sans has been developed from the artist's characteristic handwriting and turned into a full display typeface by Tor Weibull, in collaboration with Lundgren+Lindqvist.

Printed original oil stick drawing

Print edition of the original oil stick drawing Untitled (2017). Inkjet print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper (297mm x 420mm), signed by the artist.
Print edition of the original oil stick drawing Untitled (2017). Inkjet print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper (297mm x 420mm), signed by the artist.

 

 Unique framed fine art print

A one-off, enlarged and signed fine-art print of the original oil stick drawing Untitled (2017), printed on Hahnemühle paper (700 x 930mm, incl. frame). Printed and framed by Sandeng in a hand-made Walnut frame with anti-reflective museum glass.
A one-off, enlarged and signed fine-art print of the original oil stick drawing Untitled (2017), printed on Hahnemühle paper (700 x 930mm, incl. frame). Printed and framed by Sandeng in a hand-made Walnut frame with anti-reflective museum glass.

Original work: Paper Collage

A one-off collage work, signed by the artist.
A one-off collage work, signed by the artist.

 

Studio visit in Gothenburg

Visit the artist in his Gothenburg studio and get a unique insight into his process and ongoing work. Photo by Per Englund.
Visit the artist in his Gothenburg studio and get a unique insight into his process and ongoing work. Photo by Per Englund.

  
Commissioned mural

The artist will paint an original mural on a wall of your choosing. Photo by Mario Prhat.
The artist will paint an original mural on a wall of your choosing. Photo by Mario Prhat.

  

Miniature Wooden Table Sculptures

Specially for the supporters of the campaign, the artist will make a small series of unique wooden sculptures in his signature style. Approximate size: 6 cm x 8 cm
Specially for the supporters of the campaign, the artist will make a small series of unique wooden sculptures in his signature style. Approximate size: 6 cm x 8 cm

 

   Original drawing in book

The artist makes an unique drawing on the first page of one of the three books.
The artist makes an unique drawing on the first page of one of the three books.

 

Risograph prints

Set of four EKTA risograph prints, printed by Exit Press on Munken Pure 200gsm and A4 size (210 x 297mm). Signed and numbered by the artist. Total edition of 30.
Set of four EKTA risograph prints, printed by Exit Press on Munken Pure 200gsm and A4 size (210 x 297mm). Signed and numbered by the artist. Total edition of 30.

   

Unique wooden sculpture

Unique wooden (MDF) sculpture titled 'Walker', made by the artist in 2017. 310mm x 140mm, 260g and painted black acrylic. Signed under the base.
Unique wooden (MDF) sculpture titled 'Walker', made by the artist in 2017. 310mm x 140mm, 260g and painted black acrylic. Signed under the base.

 

  

Lundgren+Lindqvist is a Sweden based design studio led by founding partners Andreas Friberg Lundgren and Carl-Johan Lindqvist. With an approach that is conceptually driven, the studio has built an international reputation for crafting high quality solutions that are equally compelling to the eyes and the intellect. The studio undertake projects of varying scale within a range of areas; from cultural institutions and artists, to fashion brands and tech start-ups. Lundgren+Lindqvist have initiated and designed the Ekta Sketchbooks I-III.

Alina Vergnano and Mattia Lullini are two Italian multidisciplinary artists living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden. Together they run Nevven, a gallery and art book store in the Majorna neighbourhood of the city. Nevven Gallery trusts strongly in the importance of a return to critical writing and printed matter and for the Ekta Sketchbooks I-III, Vergnano and Lullini have contributed a written conversation between themselves and Daniel ’EKTA’ Götesson.

Henrik Bromander is a writer, dramatist and cartoonist. He debuted in 2005 with the comic book ’Hur vi ser på varandra’ and he has since written four more comics and four novels. In 2017, Bromander was nominated for the prestigious Swedish Radio’s Award for Best Novel. For the Ekta Sketchbooks I-III, Bromander has written a story, based on his interpretations of the sketches.

Arctic Paper is a Nordic paper house producing fine paper of the highest quality ideal for book printing. The company’s first paper mill in Munkedal, Sweden, was founded in the 19th century and today the company own mills in several European countries. Arctic Paper is the leading paper company in the industry when it comes to environmental work. The paper used in the three volumes is Munken Kristall, produced in Sweden and sponsored by Arctic Paper.

Göteborgstryckeriet (GBGT) is one of Sweden’s leading and most prestigious print houses. Founded in 1918, GBGT have since long established themselves as the printer of choice for the uncompromising designer. GBGT has an extensive production of books, from limited edition art books to many of the best photography books produced in Scandinavia (many featuring multiple high-end printing techniques). GBGT is both printing and sponsoring the Ekta Sketchbooks I-III project.

ll'Editions is a publishing platform for creative cross-disciplinary collaboration, run by design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist. Each year, a limited number of items, ranging from books to multiples, are released in small editions and made available through the imprint’s webshop and selected resellers.

Tor Weibull is a Swedish graphic designer, working at Studio Claus Due in Copenhagen, who is specialised in typography. He is a graduate of HDK - School of Design and Crafts, and has also studied Visual Communication at the Zürcher Hochschule Der Künste in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2015, Tor received the Nordic Creative Talent Award. Based on sketches by Ekta and in collaboration with Lundgren+Lindqvist, Tor have digitalised the Ekta Sans.

Additional credits: The video was directed and shot by Jonas Andréen of Lynx Pictures. The sound was recorded and mixed by David Kirchhoff of Dave Lynx Music. The music is ’Sen Sen No Sen’ by Fontän (Höga Nord Rekords). A thank you also goes out to Elvine for support and the photographers Kalle Sanner, Mario Prhat and Per Englund for their contributions.

For more information about Ekta and his work, please visit his website.

Risks and challenges

ll’Editions is a publishing imprint run by Lundgren+Lindqvist, a design studio based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with over ten years in business. Over the years, the studio have worked with a vast range of clients, from the contemporary art outlet Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong to Apple in California. The studio have designed a vast range of publications and printed matter, including the HBQT* publication, previously released through ll’Editions.

Göteborgstryckeriet, who have established themselves as Sweden's most awarded book printer - with seven nominations out of 25 in Svensk Bokkonst 2015 (the Swedish Book awards), are both a long time client and collaborator of the studio. So is Arctic Paper, and all other suppliers in this project.

The studio also have a long going collaborative relationship with the artist.

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    EKTA COLLECTORS' COIN

    Part collectors' coin, part artist multiple; the Ekta coin has been designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist in collaboration with the artist. The coin measures 31 x 31 mm, comes in a transparent acrylic coin box and is limited to a 100 copies. Made available only for supporters of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    MINIATURE WOODEN TABLE SCULPTURE

    A small series of unique wooden sculptures, made by Ekta in his signature style. The sculptures are made from connected and hand painted wooden blocks.

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    SET OF BOOKS + A3 PRINT DRAWING

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    UNIQUE WOODEN SCULPTURE

    Unique wooden (MDF) sculpture titled 'Walker', made by the artist in 2017. The sculpture measures 310mm x 140mm, weighs 260g and is painted black acrylic. Signed under the base.

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    STUDIO VISIT WITH EKTA

    Visit the artist in his Gothenburg studio and get a unique insight into his process and ongoing work.

    - Transportation and accommodation costs are not included.
    - Duration: 1-2 hours.
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    SET OF BOOKS + ORIGINAL COLLAGE WORK

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    COMMISSIONED MURAL

    Ekta will paint a mural on a wall (interior or exterior) of your choosing.

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