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Michael Johansson’s Precisely Stacked Sculptures Give Found Objects the Tetris Treatment

Posted By Lori Zimmer On March 28, 2014 @ 4:00 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

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Michael Johansson’s [5]’s stacked creations can be found taking refuge in the unnoticed empty spaces scattered throughout dense urban sprawl. Whether the works are packed between two buildings [7] or piled into abandoned closets, archways, door jambs or windows, the artist carefully organizes disused objects to fill out the spaces perfectly. No slot goes unfilled, so the completed works form a perfectly harmonious patchwork of old boxes, electronics, dressers, trunks and office supplies. Using Tetris-like moves, he flips each pieces and moves them around until they fit perfectly.

The colorful, pristine installations defy entropy and clutter by making a place for everything (and setting everything in its place). By grouping the cast=off items together, Johansson creates an accidental narrative that ties the pieces together in a fantastical story.

In the gallery, Johansson’s Tetris-like sculptures [8] are independent of supporting spaces, but just as impressive. Cubes of suitcases fit together like pieces of a Rubix Cube, forming mono-colored sculptures. Johansson translates and adapts his work from street to gallery, giving disused objects a highly organized new life.

+ Michael Johansson [5]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/michael-johanssons-precisely-stacked-sculptures-give-found-objects-the-tetris-treatment/michael-johansson-tetris2/?extend=1

[3] Tetris: http://inhabitat.com/tetris-shaped-trash-filled-street-furniture-encourages-recycling-in-argentina/

[4] catchy electro song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmCCQxVBfyM

[5] Michael Johansson’s: http://www.michaeljohansson.com/works.html

[6] suitcases: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-suitcase-chair-lets-you-travel-without-leaving-home/

[7] packed between two buildings: http://inhabitat.com/keret-house-warsaws-narrowest-home-will-be-set-within-this-tiny-alley/

[8] Tetris-like sculptures: http://inhabitat.com/more-tetris-shelves/

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