Jacob Dahlgren (Stockholm)
and Emily Stremming (St. Louis)
September 12 - November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 2014 6pm-8pm
Jacob Dahlgren and Emily Stremming both make art about analytical precision and the
neurotic mindset that goes along with such exactitude. On Duet’s floor Dahlgren lays down
a dance floor-like “infinity loop” of color coded weighing scales. On the wall he composes
a block of carpenter’s rulers into a shimmering series of scored lines. These objects are
designed to measure our cultural surfeit of consumption and production but instead become
the actual subject of contemplation and “The Measure of All Things”. Stremming, on
the other hand cuts up photographs of quotidian street and domestic scenes into a grid
where the horizontal and vertical axes of the paper strips generate a hallucinatory mosaic.
The resulting object records an ironic process: A quick snapshot photograph made to slow
down into an epic unit of manual labor. The industrial character of Dahlgren’s objects, often
designed to work with the body to help guide and measure it are contrasted with the product
of a giant machine-hand hybrid.
Jacob Dahlgren (Stockholm, makes paintings based on striped t-shirts, eats canned food and constructs happy colored works of sculpture from the empty cans. He can make a sculpture from Ikea clothes hangers or a relief from disposable plastic mugs. Saws, pencils and carpenter’s rulers turn into art in his thoughts and hands.
Emily Stremming (St Louis, USA) is a photographer currently making images based on scenes in St Louis. Her work examines the nature of surface in a photograph and also plays on the idea of the camera as a machine that shoots and destroys the subject. She spends hour upon hour weaving back together the images into a recognizable handicraft.
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