Press release


From Layman to Pocket Philosopher is meant partly ironic, partly pessimistic, but mostly existentialy, as the movements in life people do from one place to another. The title, however, implies that moving doesn't necessarily mean developing. Being a pocket philosopher does not preclude being a layman, and vice versa. In other words, the title suggests that life is a circuit and if you start as an amateur, you end up, at best, as a little less of an amateur.
The same characteristic can be given to the pieces in the exhibition, that all, to some degree, close in on themselves, or end up where they started. The question is; whether the circuit or repetitions in life are equal to a standstill?


The paintings show different variations of massive, geometric shapes. They are all composed according to the same tecnique. The centered abstract shape is clearly separated from the gray background, and is the whole basis for the surface motif. The shape is symmetrically cut in its external form, but inwardly colorful lines point in different directions forming new systems and patterns that add a spacious illusion to the shape. The shape however has a double effect as it seems at times to lay on top of the canvas as a object, and other times as an opening or window into the painting.


The sculptures have a totem-like or religious nature to them, with their unreadable abstract, yin-yang-like signs, as if relic from a bygone civilization. The cane adds a symbolic and romantic dimension to the piece The Lost and Found, and draws a parallel between building/creating and wandering/searching. The sculpture is site-specific in the sense that it is built to fit any given room. It runs from floor to ceiling, faking to go through the ceiling.


The sculptures all consist of the same identical units, that can be put together in different systematic variations creating a multitude of sculptural expressions.