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BJARNE MELGAARD

16 May BJARNE MELGAARD

DADDIES LIKE YOU DON’T GROW ON PALM TREES
16.05.–30.11.2015

This show is about the failure and synthesis of a sculpture I made some 15 years ago called Light Bulb Man.The genesis of the show was to take that sculpture and simply wash it out into new models of materialization, mixed together with several collaborations as random references to my fashion collection about disappointment and the pleasure attendant to that whole concept.

All the fabrics in the exhibition have been designed by Babak Radboy of Shanzai Biennal, specifically incorporating images of my boyfriend, David Oramas, me and of Light Bulb Man.The fabrics then were given to the designers to dress nine new sculptures that are remakes of the Light Bulb Man.

The show also clearly references DMT and LSD as a significant inspiration for the show and looks at the healing aspect of these substances and how they can open up consciousness and how psychedelics can be, if one is open to it, a tool to enter your inner core.

The „Bad Daddy“ aspect of the whole museum context also takes into consideration and contextualizes the fact that I am 48 and my lover is 21 and with all the different mechanics inherent in that attraction. It’s also a show based on seduction and intrigue along matters of age and time, themes that were fundamental to the original Light Bulb Man. The balance of the show will feature an improvised pop-up shop, soundtracks, and new paintings that will infiltrate the permanent collection of the SAMMLUNG FRIEDRICHSHOF.

Artist Statement

Photos © Sofia Goscinski