Thursday, 17 December 2009
Work from his oeuvre.
“In his playful installations and sculptures Michael Johansson puts the qualities from daily life objects in opposition to their field of application. By repetition, displacement of scale and new function he questions the receivers interpretation of the unique.
In the exhibition Strings Attached at Nordin Gallery the work Some Assembly Required will be on display, a lifesize model kit of a bike. A real bike is turned back into a space of imagination and spins concepts such as size and belonging. Some Assembly Required is a common text on boxes for model kits, alerting the buyer that whats inside will differ from the image on the cover. But the title also refers to the necessity for the audience to participate in the work for it to reach its full potential.
In Engine Bought Separately everyday objects from mid-20th century housewives are taken apart, sorted, and repacked in an equally outdated boydream esthetics. These two worlds are merged together and the objects are frozen in their new shape – while the function is displayed, the functionality is taken away.
Kitchen Assembly is made of a kitchen table and two chairs that has been taken apart and assembled within a three dimensional framework which also plays the role as new table legs. Some of the tables original character and function still remains but the furnitures has taken one step in the wrong direction in the line of production. They are transformed into
a model of themselves, and their original purpose has given way to something else.” – Nordin Gallery