YveYANG is pleased to announce Two Pieces, a solo exhibition by Bjørn Sparrman. Two Pieces will feature two pieces side by side at YveYANG Gallery.
Stability is the net zero-sum of motion. Stability is attributed to things. Instability conveys meaning. The two works presented invert the ways in which we rely on stability and expect instability. In The Sculpture Makes the Viewer Revolve Around Itself, a handheld camera focuses on various objects. Projected on a thin sheet of stone, the image is stabilized such that the subject of the video remains fixed on the screen. The frame jumps around as is must to accommodate the filmmaker’s hand.
The second piece, Image of the City, consists of construction scaffolding arranged in a grid. Low frequency transducers animate the structure with inaudible vibrations derived from the sounds of animals and conversations. From a distance the structure is completely still and quiet. Only when touched sat on is the structure found to vibrate.
Both of the works presented in Two Pieces touch on a recurring component of Sparrman’s work. Through video and sculpture, he looks to find the link between materials and beliefs. Belief is a blanket term for ideologies, conceptual ideas, or the way we order and rank things in our minds. The ways in which we internally organize our beliefs inevitably interface with objects and materials. Sparrman’s work acknowledges the moment when ideas are thickened into a material carcass or represented by a momentary image. In the same breath, objects and their materials have the capacity to break through into our consciousness as concepts. Sparrman produces works in video and sculpture that leverage the threshold between ideas and materials. He does so in moments of hypnotic film and by specializing the experiences of objects and images. In the case of the works presented in Two Pieces, he searches for the sublime ignorant moment before perceptions become cemented as beliefs.
Bjørn Sparrman (b. 1989, US) lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Calvin College in 2012 and his Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. He is currently a research specialist at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. As recipient of the ArtPrize 2014 Pitchnight grant, he exhibited his large public work, The Grand River Checkpoint Project, during the citywide festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.