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Jacob Dahlgren -- Forward, Back, Right, Left

East Gallery

January 10, 2009June 28, 2009


Image 1 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren. Demonstration.

Image 2 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view).

Image 3 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view).

Image 4 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view).

Image 5 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view).

Image 6 / 6: Jacob Dahlgren -- Forward, Back, Right, Left. (installation view).

Jacob Dahlgren is a painter, sculptor, and conceptual artist who works to a large extent with unconventional materials. The artist finds abstraction in everyday objects, which he employs to create dynamic interactive installations and performances. When arranged, the individual objects lose their intended function, their original value, and become part of something completely new.

The centerpiece of this exhibition is a wall of yellow-and-black dartboards from the collection of Leslie and Dale Chihuly, which viewers are encouraged to use. Dahlgren first realized the dartboard installation I, the world, things, life in 2004 for the Norrköpings Konstmuseum in Sweden. Since then it was also shown in the Nordic Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Along with experimenting with such artistic styles of the twentieth century as Constructivism, Minimal Art, and Pop Art, Dahlgren also quotes from the Op Art movement. At a distance, the wall of dartboards dissolves into a surface that resembles a giant rotational field.

Jacob Dalhgren — Forward, Back, Right, Left is organized for the Henry by Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Patrons of the Henry Art Gallery. In-kind support provided by Hotel Max.
Featured artists: Jacob Dahlgren
Image 1: Jacob Dahlgren. Demonstration. December 5, 2007. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Moderna Museet.
Image 2: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view). 2008. Photo: Richard Nicol.
Image 3: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view). 2008. Photo: Richard Nicol.
Image 4: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view). 2008. Photo: Richard Nicol.
Image 5: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view). 2008. Photo: Richard Nicol.
Image 6: Jacob Dahlgren -- Forward, Back, Right, Left. (installation view). 2009. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: Richard Nicol