Jacob Dahl Jürgensen – “Fruit of the Loom” at Croy Nielsen

installation view

installation view,image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

In Fruit of the Loom, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen has presented some fresh pictures, and a large minimalist sculpture device. Specifically a device; the sculpture Machine, centrally installed in the gallery simultaneously serves to transport and reframe. Evocative of the industrial Jacquard Loom (noted in the write-up as “the first apparatus which could be programmed to carry out an automated task”), the sculpture at its scale should be an imposing monolith. Instead, it stands as a form we can pass through and use to reframe our viewing of Jürgensen’s  images; a system to produce and arrange pictures…

Machine, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, 2012, image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

Machine, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, 2012,
image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

The fruits arranged around Jürgensen’s loom are best described as canvas stretchers with t-shirt material applied onto them instead, all the better to catch the stark, punchy images the artist applied to them. Jürgensen’s images are caught between gestural and spontaneous, and heavily manipulated and concerted.
Distinctly resembling screen-prints with dot matrix rendering and (near) multiple prints, each work functions somewhat like a forgery; a digitally produced, unique version of a mass-produced item. Some pictures have Fruit of the Loom’s trademark winking cheekily over the top edge “Made in El Salvador” pointing to the cost-cutting trend of off sourcing labour offshore.
Layers, 2012, Textile ink on t-shirt

Layers, 2012, Textile ink on t-shirt. Image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

We Are Abstract, M, detail

We Are Abstract, M, detail. Image taken by Joachim Schulz, courtesy of Croy Nielsen

We see Jürgensen working to both conflate history and pull a thread through it. Design, production, economic and semantic systems criss-cross playfully over the grid Jürgensen has plotted.

Croy Nielsen has been running since 2008, located in Mitte on Weydinger Straße, opposite the Volksbühne. The gallery represents a young set of established artists from across the globe, and has participated in Art Fairs such as Sunday London, Art Berlin Contemporary, Liste Basel, Nada New York and Art Cologne.

Fruit of the Loom runs from October 27 to December 8 at Croy Nielsen,
Weydinger Straße 10,
D-10178 Berlin
Croy Nielson Berlin

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