Georg Nordmark at NSFW/SVILOVA, Gothenburg, SE

Georg Nordmark / From Being Jealous of a Dog’s Dream
 
Mar 26- Apr 30, 2022
 
NSFW/ SVILOVA
Vasa kyrkogata 5

411 27
Gothenburg

Georg Nordmark, installationsvy _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA

Georg Nordmark, installationsvy _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA


Georg Nordmark, _Blind Dog Browser_ 2022 i utställningen _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA

Georg Nordmark, _Scent Box_ 2022 i utställningen _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA

Georg Nordmark, _Untitled (Feed Chair)_ i utställningen _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA

Georg Nordmark, installationsvy _From Being Jealous of a Blind Dog_s Dreams_.
Foto_ NSFW_SVILOVA


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM BEING JEALOUS OF A
BLIND DOG’S DREAMS

Text by: Nora Arrhenius Hagdahl


“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy
dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a
gigantic insect.” I awoke one morning from uneasy dreams
and found myself transformed into a dog? CBT – LSD!
Change my way and change my perception. Pet me; feed
me, I can sit – I’m a good dog!


In many ways, Georg’s work plays a brazen game with minimalist
tradition, at times embracing its aesthetics and ideas, then bluntly
rejecting its premises, even mocking it. Looking at the three
neurotically symmetric gray monochromes or at the carpet on the
floor, the black and white paintings of Frank Stella immediately
come to mind – lines creating optical illusions. The minimalist
idea that “what you see is what you see” is however not the case
in Georg’s works; his pieces are not without referents. In Untitled
(Thicket) the gridded pattern is woven out of firehose, Untitled
(Pasture/Training Pad)
is a piece of plastic lawn and in Blind Dog
Browser
tennis balls with small bells inside, objects usually used for
playing fetch with blind dogs, are put in neat rows.

Use your garden hose to clean me. Spray me! Spray me
again! I’m running in circles and I can’t catch my tail. Get
me out of my loop, see me, feed me, love me. I’m helpless.
If I roll around will you pet my belly? Please? Throw that
ball and I will get it. Do it again. Do it again. Do it again.
All I want to do with my life is to play fetch with you my
master. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love food.

Nordmark has continuously worked with objects appropriating
environmental enrichment: items normally used for providing
stimuli to captivated animals in understimulated environments.
In zoos you see stones and cliffs made out of plastic to resemble
an ape’s natural, rocky environment or fake cardboard 1:1 cutouts
looking just like (and serving as company for) the leopards inside
the enclosure – the toilet paper tubes in hamster cages also come
to mind. These environmental enrichers are used to soothe the
animals, otherwise anxious because of the restraints captivity
entails. The gray
Untitled (Pasture / Training Pad) looks nothing like
real grass to me. I wonder if it does to a blind dog? In hyperreality,
everything is a copy without origin. According to Baudrillard, that’s
the modern condition. Would I notice if I kissed a copy of my
boyfriend? Would I stroke my hand against rubber and not flesh?
Would I realize if they exchanged the sun for an enormous light
bulb?

Robert Morris claimed that minimalist sculpture was meant to
create awareness of the body of the viewer; the artwork becomes
an object of comparison. With
Untitled (Feed Chair) I become
embarrassingly reminded of my corporeality. Not only do I have a
body, I am a body and my body has needs. Again and again, Georg
points to the viewer being a primal, biological being. He demands
us to be.

Sniff, sniff. Lick, lick. Peeing in the corner.

The modernist art critic Michel Fried wrote that the lack of framing
in minimalist art resulted in blurring the line between the beholder
and work. Hence, the work of art becomes the situation it creates. In
George Nordmark’s
Blind Dog Browser one of the balls has literally
jumped off the frame and landed on the floor in front of it, creating
a condition where the beholder and work are not at arm’s length,
the work invites interaction. The exhibition becomes a playroom.

The relationship between work and viewer isn’t passive, as with two
bodies orbiting each other. When looking at Georg Nordmark’s art
I feel as if he dominates me. First, he takes my vision. The artificial
grass ain’t greener on the other side, it’s gray, and I’m color blind
just like a dog. B.F Skinner said that changes in behavior are the
results of an individual’s response to stimuli in its environment.
Existence precedes essence and in contrast to what Sartre thought
that meant, in this Pavlovian manner, unwillingly I enter the role
of the animal. Like a mouse released in a new cage, I’m sniffing,
feeling, gazing, and trying to find ways of interacting with the
objects around me. Georg Nordmark is the zookeeper, engineering
my actions and catching my attention.

Am I supposed to put that ball back into its hole? What
happens if I do? Will I get a treat? I’m a good dog.

I feel as if I’m watched. Like a guinea pig, I’m hypnotized by the
optical illusion created with
Snake Charmed – Achromatic. I
understand the circles aren’t supposed to be moving, but they do it
anyway. Rational truth is defeated by my biological functioning.




Woff, woff


Is art itself not just stimuli, distracting us from our own
imprisonment? As Debord said in his book
The Society of the
Spectacle
: “…in modern society life has been replaced with its
representation”. Culture is our drug, our distraction. We are so
occupied with the spectacular images that we can’t see our own
cage.


Zzzzzzz…


Nora Arrhenius Hagdahl


Nora Arrhenius Hagdahl is an art writer, critic, and curator based
in Berlin and Stockholm. She writes regularly in Dagens Nyheter,
Office Magazine, Numero, King Kong Magazine, to name a few.
She is editor-in-chief of Nuda Paper and the library curator of
Voo Store in Berlin.


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