The animated drawings are presented as part of a larger device that simultaneously bombards the spectator with multiple simultaneous scenes. The device infers to two absent actors — a viewer and a presenter — where the viewer statically consumes and the presenter seemingly provides the images. The artwork alludes to themes of re-education, re-telling, re-presenting, and a perceived loss of control of the meaning of truth. Two types of images are depicted in the artwork. There are drawings that represent narratives where objects move through time but are eventually returned to their original state. And there are images shown as static themes where the drawings are continually replaced with the same scene — repeating over, and over, and over again.
The drawings present scenes of migration, war, escape, hope and solitude. Although timely today, they speak to a history of displacement that has been a constant throughout evolution. The three-dimensional elements allude to the viewer/presenter as passive consumer and storyteller. We chose "moving" drawings as they both speak to a modern way of consuming information and the way in which we experience life. The impermanence of both place and time is presented in various dimensions as objects that move from places, objects that remain but their locality change, or objects and places that remain the same but the viewer’s relationship to them changes.
The short and inconstant glimpses aim to tell no real narrative and provide the viewer little in the way of contextual information — instead, the narrative is left open to discover.
About the Collaboration
Printmaker Henrik Sundqvist and sculptor David D'Orio collaborated between 2011 and 2018 under the alias Sam Arbete — a fictitious character derived from the word ‘samarbete’ in Swedish, which means collaboration. Sam enables D’Orio and Sundqvist, who work in different media, to explore ideas together, merging their distinct styles into thought-provoking installations, prints and sculptures which blend both 2D and 3D elements into a seamless experience.
Impermanence of place and time
The impermanence of both place and time is presented in various dimensions as objects that move from places, objects that remain but their locality change and objects and places that remain the same but the viewer’s relationship to them changes.
The sculpture alludes to re-education, re-telling and re-presenting.