The artist duo Karl & Carl (Karl Hedin and Björn Carl Perborg) offers a generous mix of animation, sculpture, video and photography. Bizarre and uncanny situations occur as the searchlight is directed towards human beings and their relationship to the planet, the universe, life and death.
”Still No Response From The Void” (”Ännu inget svar från tystnaden”) is the title of Karl & Carl’s sincere and surprisingly accessible exhibition. On a jumpy road from science fiction to broken hearts, the artists navigate through the wetlands of poetry in a dialogue, where misunderstandings bring about unexpected meanings and where new connections constantly appear.
– It’s important to stay close to the limits of your understanding of the existence. That’s where we try to go in all our works, Karl & Carl explains. The exhibition is a tribute to the pointless, the ridiculous, the pathetic and the ungraspable. It also pays tribute to the cosmic distances. Between people. (Before this distance was measured to 1,5 metres).
A cabinet of grief with a coffin (or is it a spaceship?), images from crematoria and a video where people queue to throw themselves off a balcony, is combined with a pulpit, where a curator recites empty phrases collected from the curatorial statements of international biennials.
The nesting box is a slightly oversized wooden nesting box with a video monitor and a speaker inside. The video monitor shows a man crying. Already from a distance you can hear the soft sound of crying that might also resemble birds’ twittering. The man cries, apparently without ever stopping – even sadder than that Dutch guy who disappeared from a sailing boat.
Year: 2012 Technique: Wood, dvd-player, lcd-screen Dimensions: 69 x 39 x 39 cm (27,2 in x 15,4 in x 15,4 in)
Suitcase studies is a group of suitcases, where every suitcase hosts a miniature art exhibition space, complete with light, parquet and white walls. Among the miniature exhibitions are a series of architecture documentation, documenting airport chapels – the prayer or meditation rooms that can be found in most international airports and an animation based video installation, where the video projection is simulated by small LCD screens. The exhibitions in the suitcases reflect upon phenomena like origin, nostalgia, traveling and migration.
Sculpture with sound from the exhibition »Death – An Exhibition about Life«, an outdoor exhibition organised by Liljevalchs in Stockholm during the summer of 2016.
Year: 2016 Technique: Plywood, wood, vinyl, cloth, speakers, media player och electronics Dimensions: 122 x 302 x 45 cm Voices: Emma Jansson, Alexandra Shabo Courtesy of Alma Löv Museum, Östra Ämtervik