Jacob Dahlgren - Primary Structure, 2017. Painted steel, 880 × 800 × 270 cm.

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JACOB DAHLGREN [permanent installation] Astana, Kazakstan

Jacob Dahlgren’s work is composed of 104 parts in 18 colors on a foundation measuring 10.5 x 10.5 meters. Dahlgren started with a rectangular shape of specific dimensions – 27.5 x 27.5 x 110 cm – which he then combined. The different parts are divided into sections that are linked into upright and horizontal structures. The sculpture is created by repeating this shape, with an appearance that is simple yet complex.

Dahlgren’s titel is culled from an exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1966, Primary Structures. An exhibition where American and British artists participated and worked mainly with reductive shapes, often in series. The exhibition received great praise and the works became known as minimalist, that later became an established term. Dahlgren references minimalist tradition exploring the relationship between the body and the object. Dahlgren’s geometric abstractions are not based on the body, but instead invite the beholder to interact.

Expo 2017 Astana, Kazakstan