Colored aluminum, pigments based on synthetically dyed salmon flesh, 2017
"Paint Job'' is a sculpture series that resembles auto tuning parts. The colors of the aluminium sculptures are selected from the standardized color set ''SalmoFan'' and address the artificial coloring used in aquaculture to imitate the hue that habitat would normally provide in the wild.
The title “Paint Job” could be read as a reference to cosmetic treatment, genetic engineering and food colourants that boost efficiency and profitability. The juicy colors and streamlined design of the sculptures might even be arousing. At the same time, the slang paint job derives from the auto industry and points to low-paid jobs in harmful working conditions. The auto-tuning proves that we cannot escape representational and semiotic terms. By seeing similarities between the customized salmon coloring and auto services, we reflect on the commodification and explore the relationship that material and object have to social class.
Solo show Cold Blooded at Editorial, Vilnius, Lithuania
24 Oct – 23 Nov 2018
Exhibition views: Laurynas Skaisgiela
Solo show Skinny Dip at Studio17, Stavanger, Norway
14 Aug – 19 2018
Solo show Paint Job at Galerie Klubovna, Brno, Czech Republic
28 Feb – 25 March 2018
Group exhibition Chewing Gum That Never Loses Its Flavor at Platform, Stockholm, Sweden
2 Jun – 2 Jul 2017
Exhibition views: Jonas Österholm