Fragments of a Giant
Opening: Thusday 23.3.2017
Exhibition: 25.03. - 09.04.2017
Sat + Sun 2 - 4 p.m.
The Giant liked to work
Especially work out
Big dreams, everyday
It gave a sense of meaning that the Giant
lacked control in a world or change.
But it was all in vain
It just drew the Giant back to the realms it came from Soon the Giant was gone.
I'm obsessed with the exhausting and analogue technique of wood carving. It is physical labour that sometimes feels utterly stupid when there are advanced machines to do the job. While bending my back over a piece of wood the world starts becoming. A connection between my practise and the one performed in the gym appears. Bodies are being built.
It's a space to meditate, fantasize and dream. Or maybe its just me being hopelessly naive. Thinking and hoping that there is something else in the fitness obsession than a numbing body cult.
Olof Marsja b. 1986 in Sweden is currently finishing his bachelor degree at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. During this time he spent one semester at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland. He sees himself as a sculptor and focuses on materials and objects from our everyday life. Where the labour in the workshop with different material is at the center of his practise.
Before starting higher education he spent the years between 2007-2009 learning Duodji, traditional Sami craft, in Jokkmokk a small town in swedish Lapland.