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Thomas Hämén bodies 2014...............................Thomas Hämén bodies 2014

 

Thomas Hämén bodies 2014........................Thomas Hämén bodies 2014

 

Thomas Hämén bodies 2014...............Thomas Hämén bodies 2014

Bodies, 2014, airbrushed ink on paper, á 120 x 160 cm

 

 

Extract the vital information from a body and represent it in another form, and you have art. Then compare a dog to an iPad; the dog wins because of how engaging and visually intense it is.

Tiny ink drops create a noise on the paper like in an old photograph and instantly the tone becomes retrospective.
The history of images helps us recognize a then by coding it in different forms:

Long ago = grainy

Ages ago = painted

I’m hardwired to think in objects and systems, so if I collapse a space into a surface, another room appears where distance is illustrated by darkness. I let strings cut through the motif and cast a shadow from the moment the paper was blackened.

Dead bodies have become the best way of talking about representation since everything has become code; being both present and absolutely absent - heavy, hollow matter.

Paintings form a history of shape and its semiotic transformations, shapes of bodies echoing through time in various incarnations.

 

 

 

 

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