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Walls
by John Skoog

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  • Date: 2015
  • Type: Multiple
  • Medium: Mixed media
  • Edition size: Edition of 11 uniques (+ 1 AP each)
  • Dimensions: 47,6 x 28 cm
  • Signed: Signed
  • Condition: Pristine
  • Price: £600.00

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Materials: Hand-scanned wall parts, laser-printed on 120g blueback paper + white-glazed box frame of maple wood by traditional German frame-maker Halbe.       Reduit (Redoubt) 2014, the film with which the artist won the prestigious Baloise Art Prize, tells of the relationship between a personal fate and a historical situation, and between the broad scope of landscape and existential angst. It is based on the true story of a farmer who used metal scrap to transform his straw hut into a fortress in response to a warning concerning the possibility of a Soviet invasion issued by the Swedish government during the Cold War. Composed of bulky, successive layers of concrete and wooden beams over a straw hut frame and replete with all kinds of readymade materials and refuse such as bicycle parts and bed frames salvaged and repurposed, the construction was meant as a community refuge from a looming Soviet invasion. Now, in weathered condition, it stands as a monument, as a tourist attraction and monolithic eyesore. To produce his edition Walls, consisting of eleven unique pieces, Skoog and his brothers tried to document the various walls of the bunker in a cloak-and-dagger operation. Initial attempts to photograph the walls did not meet Skoog's ideas. Using a simple handscanner they scanned strip by strip the walls and laid the inclusions freely in the concrete.

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