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Fredrik Norén: crouch, 2009, wood, mdf, putty, lac colour,
48 x 40 x 20 cm
Stefan Schuster: villa muniriya, 2009, sliced book pages,
140 x 95 cm (detail)

carpets and furniture

Fredrik Norén / Stefan Schuster

Opening: Friday, September 3rd 2010, 6pm

September 4 - October 16, 2010
Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An inherent function of the works of Stefan Schuster and Fredrik Norén is to confront the viewer with everyday objects and to challenge their viewing habits.

In his three wall carpets Stefan Schuster treats his basic material, the book, literally as texture. The works allude to the American writer William S. Burroughs. During his stay in Tangier (Morocco) in the 1950s Burroughs produced a large body of text which subsequently went into producing the three cut-up novels "The Soft Machine", "The Ticket that Exploded" and "Nova Express". Stefan Schuster cut up these three books line by line and wove them into three wall carpets in an allusion to the North African culture of carpet weaving.

Removed from their usual function, Fredrik Norén's objects are similarly disconcerting. Chairs and tables assume forms that look as if the wood that they appear to be made from were as malleable as wax. The unusual curves and folds give the simple furniture a new presence, which is created precisely by their 'uselessness'.

In different ways both artists transform objects to the extent that they appear in a new context, their materiality is subjected to new laws, performs a new function, or remains functionless.

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