Sculpturer Dan Stockholm explores the process of making an object by capturing its performative actions within the work. Just look at this work of Art. By Hand is one of several pieces by the artist. For this installation Stockholm placed negative plaster casts of his cupped hands into a series of red clay bricks.. Some objects showcase both hands and others only hint to a sliver of a finger or palm.
The work was exhibited at Künstlerhaus Bethanien last spring for his solo exhibition HOUSE. You can view more of Stockholm’s sculptural works on his website.
Dan Stockholm (b. 1982) lives and works in Copenhagen and Aarhus. He studied at the Funen Art Academy, Odense DK, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, and Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin. Dan Stockholm primarily works with sculpture and objects. His working method involves equal parts: studio work, field praxis and research. He is interested in sitespecificity and in his works he investigates if the site specific can come into existence as something new between site and object. Often different localities are physically present in the works – in a material sense or existing of references. In his latest works he has been working with what he calls Performative Process: A performative execution of his works adding a narrative layer. Activation reactivation and transformation of material is often a part of his working method. His sometimes complicated processes cannot be accessed by viewing the work; but rather through narratives that can be activated in retrospect. This mirrors another interest of Stockholm's, namely that which happens when works oscillate between the seeing act and the imagination.