#262 Turned Table - Dale
64x84 cm | Filler, oak frame
This work was done during my residency at Nordic Art Centre Dale in March 2020. I invited my fellow residents to participate in an art event at my studio, where I instructed them to draw one line each in the wet filler, using pre-made wooden scrapes. They had to draw the lines from one short end to the other. Otherwise, they could do them any way they wanted.
The piece can be perceived as a sort of group psychological landscape of the participants. In order of appearance - Kirsten Opstad, Ebba Bring, Torgeir Husevaag, Sebastian Larsmo, Magda, Roald Sivertsen and Arild Eriksen.
TABLES is a triparted art project. First, it is a participatory art event where I invite the public to do a mark or imprint of their choice in the wet filler inside a frame with legs attached, placed on the floor like a table. The table functions as a kind of recording device documenting any movement transcending its surface. Second, I exhibit the table and its surface-document of the event as it is. Finally, the legs are detached, I finish the work, tilt it, and turn it into a painting with the title Turned Table.
Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.
Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.