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On Thursday May 28th, spring exhibitions opened at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. During the last weeks of the spring term, a sometimes heated debate has been going on – mainly between the Royal Institute of Art and the likewise Royal Academy of Art – considering the future development of art education, internationalization and theoretical impact… so, EVERYTHING IS FINE (and you can spot artist Ehab Aljaby running to prove it).

ps. For exhibition opening hours, see:
https://www.facebook.com/events/439879216180424/

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Using a plotter, I had the text cut out on a sheet of sticky plastic in order to etch it on the brass plate. But hey – what came out wasn’t only a text, and a text negative… there were also plenty of free-floating letters, mutinying and mutating all over… Have to take care of those, too.

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150519 b mässing i holländska badetBrass plate being etched

Swedish poet Mara Lee held a text seminar earlier this spring at the Royal Institute of Art. I was among the lucky handful to benefit from Mara’s exceptional mentoring skills – we were writing and reading texts of our own as well as others, having really fruitful discussions around them; and I ended up with a short text too – or, maybe, an image made up from words. And so, I decided to take it a bit further into the material, etching it on a brass plate…

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150311 1bAnd then – oh, and then my litho stone broke. Passing under the press cylinder, it gave off a tiny sound, and I knew immediately what had happened. Then it came out in two parts. And I felt so bad; because this stone was my friend, and I broke it.

And it took me some time to know what to do next. Not that there aren’t other stones (there’s a whole library of stones in the litho printshop), or other things to do with them (unlimited possibilities). But the impetus got lost somehow. And that can be a drawback, of course. It can also be the cause to re-think and re-settle. So I did.

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