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#344 IcebergBy Johan Söderström

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US$ 1,400



Construction Filler, Filler on board, oak frame, filler object

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Dimensions: 94cm (H) x 64cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 37" (H) x 25.2" (W) x 2" (D)

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


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Artist Statement

I did the work by spreading the filler over the panel with a scraper. Excess filler was allowed to spill over the edge and left to dry. The remaining shape should be placed on top of the frame, delineating the tip of the iceberg in the picture.

Everything that humans perceive is within a semantic sphere. Perception is not possible without interpretation and categorization. It is a linguistic act. Likewise, all language statements must be given a physical form to communicate and be understood. In this way, language and materiality are connected.
An image is a construction of language. The image-part of the iceberg is underwater. It may seem that it is the semantic part of reality that is the most inaccessible. But paradoxically, it is the concrete and physical matter - what Lacan refers to as the Real, which is most elusive. Here shown by the tip of the iceberg outside the image, on the exterior of the frame.

Every artistic depiction of an iceberg brings to mind the climate issue and the increasing content of CO2 in the atmosphere. In the end, it is our material experiences that affect us more directly. It may seem that it is only when we burn our body that we understand it's too hot. Sadly for the earth's climate, it will be too late. We in the privileged part of the world must learn to trust language and act in solidarity with those already physically affected.


Artist Profile

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 …


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