Bodytecture - Archaeology of today An exhibition by Dan Stockholm at M100
“Bodytecture” is a touching series of works by artist Dan Stockholm, currently on show at gallery M100. It’s quite hard for me to recommend this exhibition and not give too much away. And I shouldn’t spoil it for you. Moving around the selected works is one of those rare and beautiful experiences of discovery, of poetry jumping out of your body, when you didn’t even know there was poetry in there to begin with.
Seeing the works is an exercise in measuring yourself against an exterior you’ve learned to live with, but can’t really recall all the lessons; a sudden acknowledgement (or remembering) of the softness of your body as it navigates a world built with heavy materials, which could at any point crush it.
I see my shadow reflected in the fragile aluminum foil – a temporary trace of my presence there, among so many traces that fill the moment. In another corner, the artist has carved emptiness into bricks of clay, to make space for humanity. Up on an East-facing wall, Eva is staring me down, her clay, epoxy, and iron cast pins traces of spirituality down to Earth, the geological mother of all.
“Creative archeology” is the key-word for this part of Stockholm’s practice. It subtly reminds me of forensic architecture, a method of examining built environments (and their destruction) to access and explore memories of violence and trauma. This inversion in the scope of architecture is poetic itself – destruction, damage, absence, and loss are used to tell and preserve the stories of these spaces and the human bodies navigating them. “Bodytecture” is a similar effort of archiving humanity, the fleeting moment of human purpose, leaving intentional or inadvertent traces, or making regretful holes in hard walls. Architecture is a witness, whose interrogation is necessary, if not always pleasant.
Don’t miss the show! Allow yourself this beautiful encounter with the subtleties of embodiment as it meets the poetics of architecture.
Photo: Kirstine MengelLink to the event
Elena has an MA in American Studies from SDU, and currently works as Features Editor for arts and culture publication PETRIe. She is interested in visual culture and contemporary art, design an...