Anthracite arches , h: 180 cm, h. 160 cm
Exhibited at Gothenburg Museum of Art, 2014
I found a piece of anthracite during a hike in Scotland in the summer 2013, while I was doing an artist residency there. It must’ve fallen of a truck. I had a purely aesthetic experience and was excited about how black and shiny it was. It looked almost alien and plastic with it’s luster. Later, when I exhibited this piece, some people thought it looked light (despite the actual weight of around 1.5 ton), and asked if I had coated styrofoam or used rotation moulded plastic. I like when materials play tricks with our preconceived ideas about reality and it’s structures.
The metamorphosis, that made this rock, is created in earth’s crust and is activated by heat and pressure over a long period of time. I wanted to talk about those extreme forces as a humble respect to our planet in this anthropocene age. The separate wedges are not joint together, but the only joining function of the construction is dependent on the pressure the wedges put on each other. It’s the most ancient bridge technique around. When you are close to the two meter tall piece you do feel that pressure.