‘Chewing gum that never loses its flavor’ by Jonas Holmer, Lisa Trogen Devgun, Tomas Sinkevičius and Viltė Bražiūnaitė at Platform Stockholm

Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

<tell me about the bubbles>

To just GTD, we depend on technology and machines to simplify our lives. We don’t really see these products because we are so used to them.

<awww man the bubbles are off the hook, amazing no-stick bubbles>

In the show ‘Chewing gum that never loses its flavor’ Jonas Holmer, Lisa Trogen Devgun, Tomas Sinkevičius and Viltė Bražiūnaitė explore the aesthetics of these utility products that we are so used to. Many of them are base for Western society making a move from industrialization to this current service-based economy and where labor is automatized.

<that don’t stick to your face>

To just GTD, we depend on technology and machines to simplify our lives. We don’t really see these products because we are so used to them.

<I put it in my mouth and I taste strawberry>

We all know that the transition has had consequences. Fiction, where machines take control of earth and us and replace human work force, has circulated for the last 70 years or more. A complete takeover is something entrenched in our psyche.

<and watermelon…a watermelony strawberry>

To just GTD, we depend on technology and machines to simplify our lives. We don’t really see these products because we are so used to them.

<when you bite into the liquid center it totally gushes in your mouth>

Still the objects in themselves mesmerize, as long as they are new and shiny of course. The term newtopia is a dominating mindset where we always are in search for something new and thrilling: gadgets, tv-shows, songs, clothes and people. We even search for the new in the past.

<grapeberry it’s the best tasting grape bubblegum to ever grace my lips>

To just GTD, we depend on technology and machines to simplify our lives. We don’t really see these products because we are so used to them.

<is it more grapey than berry-like?>

Making art of the mechanic objects from our everyday life becomes a form of recycling. Recycling after recycling. Art is often defined as objects that have lost their use. We recycle to reuse, but at some point some objects lose their utility.

<no it’s more like this cosmic mix that is sweet>

To just GTD, we depend on technology and machines to simplify our lives. We don’t really see these products because we are so used to them.

<the lemonade kind of reminds me of summer>

– Alida Ivanov


Jonas Holmer, born 1980 in Stockholm, lives and works in Stockholm. Studied Fine Art at Konstfack and received his MFA 2016. His artistic practice includes installations, sound, animation and video. In addition to his art-practice he makes music in projects like timbrogolem, carrie white dove and dolphins in heaven.

Recent exhibitions include:
Slow learner at Station Gallery, Offenbach (2017)
Self-harnessing Harness at Neu Now! Online (2016)
Almost there at Konstakademin Stipendiatutställning, Stockholm (2016)

http://jonasholmer.com
http://soundcloud.com/dolphinsinheaven

 

Lisa Trogen Devgun, born 1984 in Norrköping, lives and works in Stockholm. Received her BFA at Konstfack in 2015 and will begin her MFA studies at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in the fall of 2017.

Recent exhibitions include:
Standard Flow at H.Bergdal, Malmö (2016)
Refine All Pores at Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart (2016)
Swedish Art Now! at Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Stockholm (2016)
Friends in need at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm (2016)
Logistic Figures at Belenius/Nordenhake, Stockholm (2015)

http://lisatrogendevgun.com/

Tomas Sinkevičius, born 1991 in Birštonas, lives and works in Stockholm.
Viltė Bražiūnaitė, born 1991 in Vilnius, lives and works in Vienna. Studied together at the Vilnius Academy of Art, Sinkevičius received his MFA from Konstfack in 2016 and Bražiūnaitė graduates from MFA studies at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien in 2017. Their practice could be summarized by a sense of uncanniness accompanying their works: precise 3D renders, videos and spatial installations. Faithful to the nature of digital media, they emphasize the open-source nature of their work, encouraging other practitioners to reuse and interpret it in their own creative process. By observing, looping or simply stripping down situations and characters, the duo creates open-ended narratives which circle around a core idea: vision, brilliance, longing or confusion.

Recent exhibitions include:
Posthuman Complicities at xhibit und Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna (2017)
Body and Darkness at Galerija VARTAI, Vilnius (2017)
Shallow, Quick and Not Yet Titled. JCDecaux Award at Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2016)

http://tomassinkevicius.com
http://viltebraziunaite.com

June 3rd – July 2nd 2017
Thursday 11–19, Friday – Sunday 11–16
Midsummer week closed
Opening Friday June 2nd 18–22
Platform Stockholm, Lövholmsgränd 12, 11743 Stockholm

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Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

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Lisa Trogen Devgun, Euro Barrier, Flat Deck and Top Rim , 2017 ready made/installation, 1560x240x272 cm

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Lisa Trogen Devgun, Euro Barrier, Flat Deck and Top Rim , 2017 ready made/installation, 1560x240x272 cm

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Lisa Trogen Devgun, Euro Barrier, Flat Deck and Top Rim , 2017 ready made/installation, 1560x240x272 cm

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Jonas Holmer, Slow Learner , 2017, Ukulele, bells, fishing lines, 2 speakers playing tones at 15 Hz, contact microphone, guitar pedals, mixer, speaker monitor, cables, variable dimensions, 15 min

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Jonas Holmer, Slow Learner , 2017, Ukulele, bells, fishing lines, 2 speakers playing tones at 15 Hz, contact microphone, guitar pedals, mixer, speaker monitor, cables, variable dimensions, 15 min

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Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

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Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

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Viltė Bražiūnaitė and Tomas Sinkevičius, Paint Job , 2017, coloured aluminium, pigments based on synthetically dyed salmon flesh

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Chewing gum that never loses its flavor , 2017, installation view, Platform, Stockholm

Tomas Sinkevičius and Viltė Bražiūnaitė, Afterwork, 2016, HD video, color, audio, 6min loop

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June 19, 2017
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