1:1, styrofoam, plaster, paint, nylon strings, lamp fixtures, tripods

Christian Andersson, 1:1, 2004 © Christian Andersson. Styrofoam, plaster, paint, nylon strings, lamp fixtures, tripods. Ca 600x600 cm. Photo: Lennart Alves

Christian Andersson

In his installations Christian Andersson stages situations that are immediately recognisable from the special effects in films or various kinds of photomontage. He recreates them in physical environments which means they cannot be dismissed as fiction. The events are familiar, although on the level of logic they are physically impossible.

Components such as shadows without sources of light or chairs that change colour conflict with what we can conceive of as possible. In the disparity between what viewers actually see with their own eyes and what we consider possible, Andersson creates a sense of uncertainty around the structures that underlie our judgement of the concept of reality. Having revealed the trick, viewers have to reformulate their view of the truth and re-establish a notion of reality that works.

No one would nowadays question the idea that our experience of the world around us, as it is presented in the media, is constructed, manipulated and fragmented. Our belief in reality has been undermined as a result and the only certainty remaining appears to be belief in the individual’s physical experience of the surrounding world. Andersson destabilises even this last redoubt. In Verket 1:1 (The Work 1:1) he captures a brick in motion as it is pushed through the wall. The brick, like the splinter from the wall, find themselves in a frozen moment as they are thrown through the air.

Christian Andersson

Born 1973 in Stockholm.
Lives and works in Malmö.


Konsthögskolan i Malmö/ Malmö Art Academy, Malmö

Selected solo exhibitions

Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin [DE]
Den 1:a på Moderna, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Skånes Konstförening, Malmö

Selected group exhibitions

More than this! Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal/ Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg/Gothenburg

The invisible insurrection of a million minds. Sala Rekalde, Bilbao [ES]

OK/OKAY, Swiss Institute & Grey Art Gallery, New York [US]

Selected bibliography

Camilla Larsson, ”En dialog mellan Camilla Larsson och Christian Andersson”, More Than This!(utst.kat./exh. cat.), Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal/ Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg/Gothenburg, 2005.

Ika Kaminka, ”Christian Andersson”, Momentum(utst.kat./exh. cat.), Moss, 2004.

Mats Stjärnstedt, ”Christian Andersson”, Greyscale/CMYK (utst.kat./exh. cat.), Tramway, Glasgow, 2002.

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