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#109 Distal Object

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#109 Distal Object

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Johan Söderström

US$ 2,600

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2017

Filler and oak frame

Unique Work

Dimensions: 125cm (H) x 93cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 49.2" (H) x 36.6" (W) x 2" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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93x125 cm | Filler, oak frame

Distal means situated away from the point of attachment. Science of perception uses the term distal stimuli for objects and events out in the world about you. This work deals with the inaccessibility of reality, and in the same time our interdependency with it.

The work deals with the human struggle to master and domesticate nature and it´s unpredictable forces. Nature can in it´s chaotic and uncontrollable form be linked to the Lacanian concept of the Real, meaning the realm out-side of the symbolic and language. This is also part of the human mind. Our behavior is mainly shaped outside of consciousness, and is as such inaccessible to us. Nature is within us.

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Born: 1969

Hometown: Stockholm

Based in: Oslo

I am interested in process-based painting and the profound human solitude. While exploring one thing, I sometimes try to formulate something about the other.

My work is made from construction filler in oak frames. I have developed a unique technique, where I insert 6 mm thick layers of grey and white filler into the frame like intarsia, instead of on top of each other as in conventional painting. The result gives a graphic expression that at the same time has tactile materiality. I use some simple but clearly defined methods to apply the filler in the frame. These limit the expression of cognitively controlled processes, thus opening an opportunity to reveal something unknown.

They often take the form of series or installations that extend into the room.

I base my work on the notion of a primary alienation in the human subject. By using painting, I want to formulate something around this lack, or the desire, integrated into our perception of reality. I want to explore whether the problem can illuminate other forms of social and cultural alienation—for example, privileges, class, racism and xenophobia. In short, different types of distances between people.

I have previously shown works in Scandinavia at Konsthallen Trollhättan, Konsthallen Lokstallet, Konstepidemin, Kristiansands Konsthall, Akershus Kunstsenter, Trondheim Senter for Samtidskunst och Tenthaus Oslo. I am educated in Norway at Kunstakademiet in Trondheim and live and work in Oslo.

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