Monday, November 13, 2006


It’s time to move on. It’s been one year since I started Pollock’s Bollocks, and I had a lot of fun with it. But lately I’ve been neglecting it for a number of reasons, and I feel that it’s better to close the blog officially than to just let it wither away. Judging from my visitor statistics a lot of people still use the archives, and I will not take the blog down, I just won’t update it anymore.

Knowing myself, I’ll probably be back, in one form or another, and I will of course post a note here if I start another blog somewhere else.

In the meantime you can always make your own Pollock paintings (link supplied by Approx).

Now, let’s all go hit the rave party!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Texans [don’t] do it better [at all]?

This piece of information is hilarious… or maybe just sad. A Texas elementary school teacher has been suspended for taking the kids to an art museum, showing, among other things, this Rodin and this Jean Arp. Apparantly the parents complained about the nudity.

I’m guessing a field trip to Gothenburg is out of the question?

Small city - big shows

Norrköpings konstmuseum proves that not only the big institutions can pull off great shows. This fall they present a new video installation from Katarina Löfström (yet another of those children of the 1970s that are taking over the art scene more and more these days), new works from Helen Billgren (not my favourite to be perfectly honest, but she is of course very renowned artist) and a feature show with Scandinavian female modernists from 1900-1930 that includes not only the household names, like Sigrid Hjertén and Vera Nilsson, but also less well known artists, like Maj Bring (the painting featured in this post is her painting Fasttrain South from 1923).

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stripes and dartboards

Jacob Dahlgren is a genius. His latest piece - Heaven Is A Place On Earth - consists of bathroom scales and aluminium. It is currently on display in the newly opened Bonniers Konsthall.

Dahlgren's craftsmanship is so precise, yet it spans over so many media. And he isn’t afraid to use humour in his work. Here’s a series of pictures from Signes d'abstraction, a performance with 300 people dressed in striped T-shirts. This work is entitled Root Vegetable.

Much of his work circles around materials, shapes and manufactured objects – that he seems to have a rather duchampianesque relation to, but there are several deeper layers under the visible surface. But, I don’t feel like analyzing (or overanalyzing, perhaps…) today. Sometimes you just want to enjoy art. And Dahlgren’s work is perfect for that.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Raining dogs?

Dagens Nyheter reports of a strange phenomenon in Linköping, Sweden. Apparantly anonymous people are placing home made sculptors of dogs in public places around town.

It all started when this sculpture by artist Stina Opitz was vandalised last spring. The head was chopped off and the artwork consequently removed. But one morning a new dog stood in the old one's place. And all around Linköping other sculptors started to appear, mainly dogs, but also other animals, like slugs, tigers and sharks.

As it turns out, a group of you artists calling themselfs Akademi Vreta Kloster, is responsible for starting up this underground art movement. Judging by the name, and their press brief, they are pushing for a rather conservative agenda "against destruction, unsocial behaviours and occurences"

However charming this might seem, I like my dogs better alive.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Writings on the wall

I don't know what this site is all about (since most of it is not in English) but I suspect it's some sort of art project including mural paintings of buildings and cityscapes. A sort of "painting the city onto the city"-thing is probably going on here.

What really caught my attention, though, was this lovely little cityscape generator called simply Konstruktor. With it anyone can produce their own pictures in a wonderful Fritz Lang inspired style. It takes a while to figure out the buttons (again, no instructions in English...) but it's definatly worth it.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Revenge of the geeks

Is this any good? Lia Halloran exhibits her paintings in New York right now, and since that is a little bit too far away for me to pop in on my lunch break I don’t have the advantage of seeing her work first hand.

Clearly there is something a bit odd going on here. All of Halloran’s pictures seem to deal with questions that were dominant in the art world during the 1920s and -30s. At the same time the aesthetics of her work could be taken from a flashy web design, or even a cd cover.

About a year ago I tried to analyze the current role of internet aesthetics but I seemed to have missed the most important part: how the new geek taste invades other areas of public life. Halloran’s art is by no means the first example of this, but it is a very obvious one. It’s hard to believe that this was in fact painted, and not photoshopped.

But is it any good? Well, it’s not exactly my cup of tea yet, but I’ll give it a chance to grow before I make up mind…

Monday, October 09, 2006

Don't forget...

I think it’s a good habit to remind people of the things that are truely great. So, here is – once again – a link to the San Francisco based ReBar Group and their latest happening that took place last month.

And don’t forget to read Cabinet Magazine – made by pretty much the same people.