Friday, April 04, 2014

Jacob Dahlgren: 'On Balance' Fabrica, Brighton, UK

Jacob Dahlgren, Heaven is a place on earth, 2013, Digital Scales, Dimensions Variable (JDA0123) Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

On Balance

Jacob Dahlgren


5 April - 26 May

4 April
Preview 6-9pm


5 April - 2 May
Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm
Sundays and bank holidays 2-5pm


3 May - 26 May
Every day 12-7pm (except 26 May 2-5pm)

On Balance
, is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been reconfigured for Fabrica's unique space.


Heaven is a Place on Earth, is a large floor work comprising 713 polished bathroom scales in candy-pop colours, ranging from turquoise and lime to cerise and black.


The Wonderful World of Abstraction, takes its sculptural form from 1000's of metres of multi-coloured ribbon, which are suspended uniformly from a metal frame - to kaleidoscopic effect.

Visitors are invited by Dahlgren to step into his pictorial and sculptural world by walking across and through his artworks.


He says, "It's very important to be part of the work, to walk on it and to make that decision to. At first you don't know if this is ok, if you are allowed to or not. Then once you see that you can, have permission to, it's a magical moment."


Acknowledging the sensual pleasure of the material world, and taking delight in the moments of physical and social interaction are recurrent themes in Dahgren's work. The commissioning of Heaven is a Place on Earth, has meant Fabrica purchasing hundreds of sets of bathroom scales, manufactured in China and shipped to the UK. There has been an inevitable environmental cost occurred. All Costs Considered, a debate on Tuesday 20 May, seeks to address these questions and weigh up the environmental costs of the exhibition against its educational and social benefits.


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