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Burned © Joakim Allgulander

Exploring the mundane
Joakim Allgulander

Curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch

The exhibition Exploring the mundane depicts our belief in human kind and its present condition in the world. Joakim Allgulander is an observer of human behaviour, not in a pessimistic way, rather in a realistic one. The use of different materials, such as neon lights for example, make us think about advertising and big marketing strategy, but it is also a message in its own as a warning of something hazardous.

Allgulander explores “how people deal with their desires and needs, fear or optimism for the future”. In Burned, a simple sun chair with a seat as a neon light could be associated with sun bathing and a good tan, but also with danger and fear as the neon lights are electrified. The artist uses neon light instead of colour to create a stronger statement, like he does with Good Morning, in which a bomb is surrounded by a neon light which shows the beauty of this human invention, although we know the violent and disastrous consequences of nuclear bombs in real life.  

The same use of double meaning is present in Trust me, in which the message Trust me is written with kanthal thread, a high resistant thread used in high heat ovens. The thread is approximately 900 degrees hot, electrified and written mirror-wise as a sort of burning stamp. It is at the same time challenging and meaningful, but dangerous. With Mined water pool, the artist continues to explore issues related to danger and beauty, as he does with a clear blue water pool full of mines. Double meaning is also present in the painting In His Hands, in which a suite dressed man with opened hands who seems to give all or nothing, like a sort of god-like image with some aural shade in his back.
The drawing Las Vegas analyses the American dream of a glamorous life with comfort and luxury. This dream has its symbol in Las Vegas logo on top of a house in the countryside. Similarly happens with Holiday Inn, a world-wide known hotel in which people forget daily life to trespass reality for a moment of leisure, relaxation and/or calmness.

Allgulander´s works open a path to interpret a portrait of what human do in the realm of what we call 'the mundane'.

This exhibition has been supported by IAPSIS Sweden

Opening: July 4th, 2008
Exhibition: July 5th – August 2nd, 2008

Galerie IAC-Berlin

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