Michael Johansson’s sculptures are so tightly compact and organized that the individual items begin to lose their identity. At first glance I think I see and understand all of the element. But, after a longer look I find a shape I did not recognize is a chair, a coffee mug etc.
I can only imagine the time it takes to painstakingly place each object in the perfect spot.
I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. Despite the fact that I did not have any use for them even the first time, the desire to own two of these objects becomes too strong to resist. The unique and unknown origin of the object increases my desire to want the double – the unlikelihood of this sensation repeating itself produces an attraction that is too strong to resist.
This combination of the now-familiar and the new-unknown are among the various factors that come together to create the irresistible pull of these objects. This re-iterated fascination and the overwhelming desire that follows is central to my art practice.
Michael Johansson’s website is packed with more great artwork. <- sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂