LIVE THERE LIFE HERE Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan (2013)
LIVE THERE LIVE HERE
LIVE THERE, LIFE HERE plays with the connotations of both "art" and "art space." Artworks usually depend on three ingredients: people, art objects, and space. Many contemporary artists create art by pointing at an object--framing it, so to speak, within the space of a gallery--and thereby redefining an everyday object as art. This act of re-framing creates a new meaning. In Torlarp's installation, however, the meaning is revealed through redefining space, not object. Furthermore, rather than giving pre-existing objects a new function as art, here Torlarp strips everyday objects of their functionality by turning them into paintings. The viewer is surrounded by non-working objects, rendered useless in this painted form: a ladder, a chair, an entire van. Rather than the well-known formula of "object becomes art," in this installation "art becomes object."