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#432 Middle Class DilemmaBy Johan Söderström

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US$ 1,400


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2022

Construction Filler, Filler on board

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

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


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This work can be mounted in two ways so that only one of the words on the image can be read easily.
Construction Filler, Filler on board, oak panel


One of the reasons why the capitalist social system has proved so stable despite creating greater and greater disparity is that enough people have placed a stake in its preservation. By taking loans for studies and housing, one has not only invested in oneself, and one's future, but the success of this project has simultaneously been tied to the success of the capitalist system as a whole. This applies even if society's resources are inexorably funnelled from the less well-off masses to the few and wealthy. Thus, one has invested in a regime that, in the long run, works against one's interests. Therein lies the dilemma of the middle class. It is difficult to criticize the basic principles within the capitalist, neoliberal logic when you depend on the survival of this system for your own and your family's safety.

 



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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