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JACOB DAHLGREN [permanent installation] Wanås
Jacob Dahlgren’s sculpture spreads out under the branches of the surrounding beech trees, comprising 104 parts in 18 colours 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. Previously he has worked with floor made of bathroom scales, while visitors stepped cross they also weighed themselves, or a wall of dart boards which changed depending on how the visitors threw the darts. When the sculpture was inaugerated at the opening in May 2011 a performance, Our body might not acceptcentral viewpoints, took place. Close to 130 people dressed in black-and-white were part of his composition. Their black and white clothes became a contrast to the bright colours of his sculpture. As an extension of his performance the Art Gallery staff wore black-and-white stripes during the season 2011.