Magnetic Diagonal. Maple, metal, leash, magnet. 30 x 30 x 11 cm. 2011
Selfie. Oak, walnut, magnets, leash, putty. 105 x 95 x 12 cm. 2015
Selfie is an oval wooden object consisting of two shells. Embedded magnets pull the two shells towards each other, while strings fastened to a round wooden frame keep them suspended in mid-air, preventing them from connecting. The pairs are carved from a single piece of wood and split with a cut that runs across the growth rings of the wood. The suspended objects rotate and vibrate with the influence of a breeze or a breath. These movements break up the form temporarily before the original shape is re-established. The gap between the two parts forms both the bond and the separation, as this is where the invisible but palpable magnetic force exerts its influence. Selfie derives from earlier the work ‘Divided Self’, which is a series of split oval objects resembling stylized human heads. These objects reflect the sense we may sometimes have of being divided or fragmented, only momentarily achieving a sense of being whole and undivided. The constant tension is always threatening to exert just that tiny bit of extra pull that will sever the bond completely. This tension illustrates the fragile nature of life – and the delicate position of the soul that animates our body. Here, the ‘divided self’ presents itself as a ‘selfie’ – the self-perceived centre of the universe, framed and placed centre stage.
Instalation view MINDCRAFT15, Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano, Milan. Photocredit: Jule Heering/mindcraft
Space Meter is an instrument that spans and measures the space between two walls in a room. The key to this project lies in the in-between. Both the immediate space between the two exhibition walls. And a more subtle in-between-space that occur in a magnetic field. A string is stretched by magnetic force, but is at the same time held back by its length - precisely so that the magnet and the wall do not to touch each other. At the end of the string is a turned wood funnel. The funnel ‘floats’ in space a few millimetres from the opposite wall. This creates an intense field of tension where gravity seems overruled. The work springs from Eske Rex’ exploration of the ability of magnets to float, carried by their own pull. The work was created at the Danish Art Workshops.
Spacemeter. Ash, metal, leash, magnets, dimensions variable (spanning 6 meters across the space) 2011