Calvin Art Alumnus Bjorn Sparrman at Yve YANG Gallery, Boston

Congratulations and good wishes to Calvin College Art Alumnus Bjorn Sparrman. Sparrman’s solo exhibition Two Pieces will be on view at Boston’s Yve YANG Gallery April 7 – April 20, 2017. Sparrman received his BFA at Calvin College in 2012, and his Masters of Science, Art, and Technology from MIT in 2016. 

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Bjørn Sparrman
Two Pieces 04.07.2017–04.30.2017
Opening: 04.07.2016, 5PM–9PM

Yve YANG Gallery is pleased to announce Two Pieces, a solo exhibition by Bjørn Sparrman. Two Pieces will feature two pieces side by side at Yve YANG Gallery. Exhibition dates are from April 7th through April 30th, 2017. The opening reception will be on Friday, April 7th, 5pm to 9pm.

Yve YANG Gallery is pleased to announce Two Pieces, a solo exhibition by Bjørn Sparrman. Two Pieces will feature two pieces side by side at Yve YANG Gallery. Exhibition dates are from April 7th through April 30th, 2017. The opening reception time will be on Friday, April 7th, 5pm to 9pm.

Stability is the net zero-sum of motion. Stability is attributed to things. Instability conveys meaning. The two works presented invert the ways in which we rely on stability and expect instability.

In The Sculpture Makes the Viewer Revolve Around Itself, a handheld camera focuses on various objects. Projected on a thin sheet of stone, the image is stabilized such that the subject of the video remains fixed on the screen. The frame jumps around as is must to accommodate the filmmaker’s hand. The second piece, Image of the City, consists of construction scaffolding arranged in a grid. Low frequencytransducers animate the structure with inaudible vibrations derived from the sounds of animals and conversations. From a distance the structure is completely still and quiet. Only when touched sat on is the stone found to vibrate.

Both of the works presented in Two Pieces touch on a recurring component of Sparrman’s work. Through video and sculpture, he looks to find the link between materials and beliefs. Belief is a blanket term for ideologies, conceptual ideas, or the way we order and rank things in our minds. The ways in which we internally organize our beliefs inevitably interface with objects and materials. Sparrman’s work acknowledges the moment when ideas are thickened into a material carcass or represented by a momentary image. In the same breath, objects and their materials have the capacity to break through into our consciousness as concepts. Sparrman produces works in video and sculpture that leverage the threshold between ideas and materials. He does so in moments of hypnotic film and by specializing the experiences of objects and images. In the case of the works presented in Two Pieces, he searches for the sublime ignorant moment before perceptions become cemented as beliefs.

About the Artist 
Bjørn Sparrman (b.1989, US) lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Calvin College in 2012 and his Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. He is currently a research specialist at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. As recipient of the ArtPrize 2014 Pitchnight grant, he exhibited his large public work, The Grand River Checkpoint Project, during the citywide festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

About Yve YANG Gallery Yve YANG is a gallery that presents emerging and newly established artists from all over the world. It is committed to carefully tracking the ever emerging technological moment alongside artists who wrestle with the conditions that this moment presents. This task requires a constant reconsideration of disciplinarily, forms of knowledge and representational modes. Yve YANG is eager to see the practice of art in turngenerate its own technologies that shape the world and our perception of it. We believe great art is not just embellishment, but rather is an essential act that inspires the progression of human history.

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