Dick Hedlund - Markus Bråten
Opening 29/1 5pm - 9pm
Exhibition 30/1 - 13/2 Tuesday – Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Gallery KHM, Ystadvägen 22A, Malmö
Markus Bråten - System Blower
A man is riding a horse bareback in a mountain landscape. He rides it freely, supremely, but at the same time subtly, pliable. His actions are confronted by big, brutal flashing digits in the lower right corner. Is the rider being rated? Is there some kind of contest?
The conflict between freedom and measurement is the hub around which Markus Bråtens MFA- exhibition turns. This ancient conflict becomes updated, uncannily by Bråtens collection of authoritative requests dressed in Americanised slogans. They mesmerise, and they entice with dreams - a nightmarish language - a state between insomnia and dream. And in the midst of this stands The Great Gauge, which measure the infinite sky.
Everybody has a inherent gift to quickly recognise faces. Sometimes we see them in rocks, faces in the clouds or horses in the wind. This is contributed to a phenomena called pareidolia.
When Dick Hedlund gives his MFA Exhibition this name he considers his long time facination for something that looks like writing- maybe a language written with an unknown alphabet. His drawings are filled with these symbols. They can also be read as maps over a land lost, or maybe embossing, a frottage of an ancient sculpture, delicately removed from earth and sand
Dick Hedlund is interested by how tiny divergencies and changes in a surface gives life to a seemingly recognisable pattern. His canvases gives the appearance of painting, but is in reality tiny changes in the fabric itself, that suggests a horizon. Theres an images, and yet not, a spiritual landscape emerges, as if willed forward during a seance.
Hedlunds concrete sculptures are firm, physical. Full of cracks, as if they where remnants from a ancient dwelling. Concrete and other binders like asphalt have a very long history. The notion that water, ash and limestone once appeared to be the result of magic. Dick Hedlund shares this reverence for the transformation of material.