Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mattias Forshage: Boxes/Art and the Death Star

Stockholm's arkitektvägen 44 is proud to present the exhibition Boxes and the novel Art and the Death Star by Mattias Forshage.

This exhibition focuses on new and old boxes, arranging unexpected meetings of found objects in confined spaces for the sole purpose of possibly emerging poetry.

The opening coincides with the launch of Mattias's new novel Tesserakt, eller Konsten och dödsstjärnan by Styx editions.

Opening Saturday 18th February 13:00-19:00.

Also open Sunday 19th 12:00-15:00.

Finissage Sunday 11th March 12:00-15:00.

All other times by appointment only.






Sunday, February 05, 2012

Farewell to Dorothea Tanning

"I'll hold a revolver up to nature."

– Dorothea Tanning

Tate Modern, which houses this soft sculpture among other wonderful pieces by Tanning, is a very unsympathetic place in which to encounter poetic objects. But Tanning's creatures are so fierce and brilliant that they can grab the viewer by the nipples, even in the middle of a shopping mall built for tourists.

A few years ago I went to the Tate to pay this object a visit. As usual, the place was full of blind-deaf modern art buffs; and as usual, the men were droning their "artistic insights" into the ears of their bored female companions. One particularly tedious twerp was standing in front of this sculpture and explaining it at great length to the woman beside him, with all of the usual obfuscations and cretinisms about the "meaning" of Surrealism, using all the weapons in his art-historical arsenal to fend off the object's appalling erotic power .... and all the while he spoke, he was helplessly, compulsively and absolutely unconsciously caressing his own chest.