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2021

Filler on board, oak frame

Unique Work

Dimensions: 84cm (H) x 64cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 33.1" (H) x 25.2" (W) x 2" (D)

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

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I placed an amount of filler in the middle of a panel on the floor and then tried to distribute the volume as evenly as possible over the surface, using only my feet, wearing clogs. The work's visual expression is a result of my efforts.

Allocation of resources is perhaps the most crucial area of ​​policy. It is also the field where the current ideologies differ most clearly. Material resources are always the result of work. But even if all people actually make the same amount of effort, relatively speaking, the resources are not distributed equally. Hence the argument for redistribution. But resources asymmetrical distribution is already the result of an ideological principle - the right of the strong. Problems arise when, as in today's different variants of social liberalism, one subsequently tries to compensate for an unequal system from above through centralized state power. Its own weight will always affect the result, in one direction or another. If, instead, we set up society according to the principle of equal value for all from the beginning, redistribution would not be necessary - resources would already be shared equally.

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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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