Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Workplace Gallery at EXPO CHICAGO 2013: Jacob Dahlgren solo presentation

Image: Jacob Dahlgren Untitled Endless Cut, 2012, Hand Saws, 165 cm Diameter (JDA0125) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery


Jacob Dahlgren Solo Presentation


Booth #621



Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611


19th - 22nd September 2013


Jacob Dahlgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970. Dahlgren represented Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle USA, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York, USA, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, Tramway, Glasgow, UK.  He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.


Dahlgren's work is concerned with a dialogue between the authoritative singularity of pure formal abstraction and its position within a variable, complex and social shared culture. Dahlgren's repetitious collections of ubiquitous and ordinary objects, often domestic, industrially manufactured (and frequently, knowingly Scandinavian); stand in their gestalt form as proxy for High Modernist Abstract Painting and for all of the ideological territory that Twentieth Century Art Theory has staked out for it. The contributing objects, however, signify a collective and human aspect of society, each representing an individual choice, used in a unique way by its consumer. Together these objects stand for the group or community, and as such they become democratic rather than authored. Through endless ingenious amalgams of pattern, abstraction and mass-produced objects, Dahlgren's recent works purposefully inhabit modes of modernist painting, deliberately playing with the inherent autonomy of the source material.


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