Sussex ArtBeat

Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex

Art exhibition: On Balance ** 5 Apr – 26 May 2014 ** Fabrica, Brighton

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Jacob Dahlgren. Image courtesy of the artist

On Balance is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been completely re-configured 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.

Based in Stockholm, Jacob Dahlgren originally trained as an abstract painter. Much of his current practice is concerned with making three-dimensional works using quantities of cheaply manufactured goods such as clothes hangers, yogurt cups, dartboards or packets of dried food, in ways that create a powerful visual impact.

Dahlgren is also interested in the human and environmental cost of consumerism and his use of mass-produced, aesthetically pleasing items raises questions for us all as domestic consumers, and for Fabrica and the Festival as art commissioners. 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.

On Balance – Jacob Dahlgren

5 April – 26 May


Preview: 4 April, 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)

40 Duke Street
+44-1273-778 646

For more about Jacob and his work visit his website

via On Balance | Fabrica.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on March 4, 2014 by in April 2014, Brighton, Fabrica, May 2014 and tagged , , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: