An Exhibition on Artists and Collecting
20 October – 25 November 2012
The American artist Charles LaBelle has always had a phobia of entering large buildings. As a means of coping with this, he has scrutinized in detail every building he has entered since 1997. He has measured them, photographed them and annotated the date, time and location in a register. He has also drawn the entrance of every building in his book. To date he has completed over 15 000 drawings, 300 of which are presented here. A series of drawings by Eva Marie Lindahl depict a phenomenon that has long fascinated her. In the USA there is a movement that studies and collects barbed wire. The group even publishes a magazine on barbed wire and its history. With this piece, the artist illustrates how something so trivial and simple as a wire can be so politically charged. Similarly, Oscar Guermouche’s piece 50 from 2003, although seemingly trivial and simple also possesses an intensive charge. It has been exhibited previously on several occasions, most recently in the exhibition ”Lust and Vice” at the National Museum in Stockholm. The piece consists of 50 small strands of hair and 50 cards in a card index. The hairs represent every woman with whom he has had an intimate sexual relationship.