forever & today, inc.
Magnus Thierfelder: meanwhile...
Forever & Today, Inc.
39 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, New York
September 27 – October 27, 2013
Forever & Today, Inc. presents Swedish artist Magnus Thierfelder's meanwhile..., a site-specific exhibition exploring urban space in a contemplative and playful manner. meanwhile… also marks a new chapter in Forever & Today, Inc.'s mission to create platforms for local and international artists to engage the public while continuing to curate and commission works by a single artist, collective, or collaborative entity.
For the exhibition, Thierfelder takes over a storefront in a three-story former soap factory building in the Dumbo Historic District of Brooklyn. Engaging the architectural space, Thierfelder creates cinematic vignettes in an installation that includes stop motion video animation, projection, site-specific sound, and sculptural assemblage. Using the streets of New York as his inspiration, Thierfelder acts as a flâneur, finding everyday objects and refuse and infusing them with subtle and charming personalities all their own. The resulting works are connected to his field notes from frequent walks he conducts almost daily as "records of the anatomy of a city."
meanwhile…, 2013, a 3-channel stop motion video, features small wonders. A discarded lollipop stick rotates endlessly like the hand of a clock, plastic street barriers sway back-and-forth, and a small water puddle pulsates like a tiny heart—all loops accompanied by a soundtrack of found and composed sound. A projection, State of Mind, 2013, depicts bricks balancing precariously on Thierfelder's fingertip, with simultaneous hidden sounds reverberating in the vicinity. ...perspective, 2013, a brushed linoleum tile sculpture affixed to the wall by two nails, plays with time and distance, appearing differently depending on the viewer's own position. Anxiety rises, 2013, is a printed newspaper partially revealed beneath a closed door. All sounds are funneled and intermix throughout the installation where one may pause and listen to the "inner heartbeat" of the city.
Magnus Thierfelder (b. 1976, Sweden) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. He studied at Malmö Art Academy (1996–2001) and his exhibitions, public commissions, and projects include Malmö Art Museum, Sweden (2013); Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2012); International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (2011); 1a Space, Hong Kong (2009); ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy (2008); Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary (2007); The Breeder, Athens, Greece (2006); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2006); Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden (2002); and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK (2002); among others. His work is in international collections and he has been a resident at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York; Institute for Contemporary Art and Thought (ITYS), Athens, Greece; and Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA), Tallinn, Estonia. Thierfelder is represented by Elastic Gallery, Malmö, Sweden and von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland.
Magnus Thierfelder: meanwhile... is supported by iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists, Sweden and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.
Magnus Thierfelder: meanwhile... is curated by Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton and commissioned by Forever & Today, Inc.
Special thanks to Carl Lindh for his collaboration on sound, Christopher K. Ho, Elena Tzotzi, Luis Alonzo-Barkigia, Anne Barlow and Courtenay Finn of Art in General, Lisa Kim of Two Trees Management, Lina Petrova of DUMBO Arts Festival, and Jack Warren.