On Balance

Jacob Dahlgren

Archive Exhibitions (5 April to 26 May 2014)
On Balance is a co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014. The exhibition brings together two works by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, which have been reconfigured for Fabrica’s unique space.
Heaven is a Place on Earth is a large floor work comprising 713 polished bathroom scales in candy-pop colours, ranging from turquoise and lime to cerise and black.

The Wonderful World of Abstraction takes its sculptural form from 1000’s of metres of multi-coloured ribbon, which are suspended uniformly from a metal frame – to kaleidoscopic effect.

Visitors are invited by Dahlgren to step into his pictorial and sculptural world by walking across and through his artworks.

He says, “It’s very important to be part of the work, to walk on it and to make that decision to. At first you don’t know if this is ok, if you are allowed to or not. Then once you see that you can, have permission to, it’s a magical moment.”

Acknowledging the sensual pleasure of the material world, and taking delight in the moments of physical and social interaction are recurrent themes in Dahlgren’s work.

About The Artist

Based in Stockholm, Jacob Dahlgren originally trained as an abstract painter. Much of his current practice is concerned with making three-dimensional works using quantities of cheaply manufactured goods such as clothes hangers, yogurt cups, dartboards or packets of dried food, in ways that create a powerful visual impact.

Jacob Dahlgren has exhibited widely across Europe and North America. Amongst others he has shown at KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2013, 2011, 2010), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2010, 2013), Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2013), Galleri Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2013, 2009), Galerie Anhava, Helsinki (2013, 2009, 2002), Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago (2012), Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (2012, 2011), Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2010), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011), Daimler Art Collection, Berlin (2010), Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), Momentum, Galleri F 15 Moss (2009), 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), PS1 Contemporary Art Centre/MoMA, New York (2007), Kunsthalle, Budapest (2006), October Salon, Belgrade (2006), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006), Malmo Konsthalle (2005), Tramway, Glasgow (2002).
“He (Dahlgren) strips his chosen objects of their functional properties and brings out their aesthetic aspects”. Timo Valjakka

Jacob is represented by Galleri Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.

Arts council england
Brighton festival
Brighton and hove city council
Time and place project
Interreg eu
South east dance
JD On Balance 05
JD On Balance 23 2
JD On Balance 09

Related Projects & Events


Sign up for updates about events, news and special offers.