"Whale in Armchair" from "Worship"
Signed certificate included in lot. Executed in 2016. Unique. Fabric, epoxy resin, silicone, wood, plasticine, wire, color, filling, pearls, metal, rotating platform 42 x 50 x 50 cm. Base included in lot, 110 x 30 x 30 cm. Total height 152 cm.
600 000 - 800 000 SEK
58 480 - 77 973 EUR
Gió Marconi, Milan.
Private collection, Stockholm.
Lena Essling (ed.), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, "Djurberg & Berg", 2018, illustrated from the film.
Nathalie Djurberg is one of Sweden’s most internationally sought-after artists. She is continuously working on new projects together with her partner of fifteen years, musician and composer Hans Berg, who makes all the music that accompanies her pieces. The relationship between humans, animals and forces of nature is the constant, vibrant theme that occupies their shared universe. Stop-motion animations using clay and silicone figures, spatial installations and sculptures form the foundation of their work.
The sculpture "Whale in Armchair" was created for Djurberg and Berg’s project "Worship". The video piece came about after a period of more abstract work by the artist duo, and represents their return to the stop-motion clay animation form. Worship has, for example, been shown at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in the summer of 2018.
In the 2017 summer edition of ArtReview Laura Smith reviewed the exhibition "Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious" at the Lisson Gallery in London:
“… Worship (2016), the most explicit of the three works, explores the stereotypes and imagery associated with porn and sexual fetishisation. The eight-minute video presents a pageant of silicone women and men, dressed in sequins, velour or silk, who perform different erotic acts: grinding against a giant banana, squeezing a pink inflatable doughnut, twerking with a Siamese cat, writhing with a giant sequined fish or a giant sequined ice-lolly or a gold and black motorbike or an aubergine on wheels… These figures strip, touch themselves and attempt to seduce the viewer, as a dark electro-pop score provides them with a rhythm to which to move.
Morality is missing, to varying degrees, across these works, which feel like an adventure within human nature’s most capricious and animalistic impulses. The creeping, climactic structure of the videos and the unapologetic transgressions of the exhibition’s opening tableau make us very aware of our own desires. But when coupled with the homemade style of the figures, the works manage to retain a sense of humanity. And while the characters might commit vulgar or sadistic acts, their violence is often presented alongside shame, and their cruelty coexists with the material tenderness of their making. Thereby asking us to provide a level of compassion, or even knowing complicity, to/with their actions – and thus reaffirming the very morality that is so lacking to begin with.”
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg have been exhibited widely together in group shows, including the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy in 2009. Their work is featured in a number of collections around the world, i.e. of Fondazione Prada, Milan; Goetz Collection, Munich; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich; and Whitechapel, London, among others.
When is the viewing and the sale
Viewing 15 – 19 April, Berzelii Park 1
Open Mon–Fri 11 AM – 6 PM, Sat–Sun kl 11 AM –5 PM
Auction Tuesday 20 April starts at 11 am Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm