"Hisingen", Gallery Big Love, 2005
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On the wall in the gallery's inner room three object were placed: a painting of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie as an axe-weilding giant in a schoolyard, a poster for said band's album "Killers" (1981) which was the basis for the painting and a large cut-out drawing of a head with two legs. The guitar and amplifier were moved into the inner room and, facing the objects, I performed an improvised noise-piece, "battling" Eddie. On the monitor in the outer room behind me was a video of myself in my apartment performing another improvised guitar-piece, the carpet in the gallery space continuing into the space depicted in the video. I was wearing the same clothes in the gallery as I was in the video.
After the performance of the guitar-piece the Eddie painting, poster and drawing were replaced by a large black monochrome self-portrait, done with thick black oil paint and broad, angular brushwork. The music in the gallery space was now an improvised piece I had recorded at home with guitar, pump-organ, plastic saxophone and keyharp. (The music can be heard here)
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photographs by Hampus Pettersson, Margot Jacobs and Daniel Rehn