Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
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)Fabrica 40 Duke Street Brighton UK BN1 1AG +44-1273-778 646
For more about Jacob and his work visit his website http://jacobdahlgren.com/
via On Balance | Fabrica.