By depriving everyday objects – plastic coffee cups, dartboards, yoghurt packets and other things – of their functions, instead of emphasising their aesthetic aspects, Jacob Dahlgren not only creates art, he also shares with us as observers his special view of existence. Once we have experienced some of his installations, it becomes impossible not to see traces of his art in the world around us.
Jacob Dahlgren is probably best known for his stripes, in particular the striped jerseys which he has worn every day since 2001, which he has documented on Instagram @jacob_dahlgren.
The work he presents here takes shape in the course of the exhibition and builds on the presence and interactivity of other people. Jacob Dahlgren himself makes the framework, a wall where he has carefully set the rules in the form of a pattern comprising geometric figures. Then it is up to the visitors to drill a hole and press in a plug of their choice. In that way the work will emerge while the exhibition is going on.
The sound of the different drills used complements the work, as does the dust from all the holes that are drilled.
Jacob Dahlgren was born in 1970 and lives in Stockholm. He was educated at The Royal Institute of Art and the College of Printmaking Arts in Stockholm. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, for example at Nationalmuseum, Bonniers Konsthall, Moderna museet and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York.
In 2007 he represented Sweden at the Venice Biennial.