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#409-11 Back And Forth Pace

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Johan Söderström

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#409-11 Back And Forth Pace

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Johan Söderström

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2022

Filler on board, oak panel

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Dimensions: 84cm (H) x 192cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 33.1" (H) x 75.6" (W) x 2" (D)

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

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84x192 cm (64x84 cm each panel) | Filler, oak panels
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I did this work by pacing back and forth over three panels along the sides. It was produced in Buer Gallery and exhibited as a work in progress installation during my exhibition Pace&Pound 2022.

´Pacing back and forth can be a sign of impatience but also of introspection or contemplation. The behaviour is shown by prisoners in their cells or caged animals, but it is also what Professor Balthasar, the animated cartoon hero from my childhood did before he made a great invention (which only ever meant pulling the lever of his fantastic machine).

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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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