(The Logic of)
Instruments For Cycles Through A Hunter-Gatherer-Gardener

solo exhibition
Galleriet, Konstnärligt Campus, Östra Strandgatan 32, Umeå Sweden, 2013

 

vehicle back
DECAY AND ACHIEVEMENT
(in front of the gallery)
sculpture/compost built with bicycles fished up from a river and other found materials
in collaboration with Kristoffer Palmgren

 

 

All materials found or borrowed

 

(The Logic of) Instruments For Cycles Through A Hunter-Gatherer-Gardener
is a site-specific project, exhibited in the same city it was made in, Umeå, Sweden.

This location and society generated what the exhibition is made from. The Umeälv -river was the source for fishing up bicycles, one of the raw-materials refined into the works. Trash containers and junkyards provided additional ingredients alongside the equipment used in constructing the pieces.

Trash bins of the pedestrian shopping street in the city center held inside organic waste matter, leftovers of human food.
In collaboration with Kristoffer Palmgren, Matti Sumari collected and decomposed these rest-products with a sculpture acting as a compost, transforming the remnants into compact nourishment for plants.

Another site-specific feature was the use of vacant municipal land: Sumari utilized a forgotten public area through cultivating a small field of flax, fertilized with humus provided by the compost-sculpture. Flax was grown in order to produce linseed oil, to protect the compost-sculpture from rusting away.

 

 

decay and achievement
DECAY AND ACHIEVEMENT
sculpture/compost built with bicycles fished up from a river and other found materials
in collaboration with Kristoffer Palmgren

 

heart2
HEART OF GOLD
(installation view with flax-straw mattress)
projection, HD video with sound, duration 04:13, looped
in collaboration with Kristoffer Palmgren


HEART OF GOLD
duration 04:13
A sculpture built from bicycles fished up from a river and other found materials from the city of Umeå, Sweden.
Scavenging frozen food scraps from trash cans into the sculpture. Popcorn, banana peels, hot dogs and apples – anything and everything biodegradable is collected in the old oil barrel, then turned and stirred together into a brown mass.
The sculpture breaks down this material into compost, precious as a plant fertilizer.

 

manual1
MANUAL MANUAL
(installation view with flax-straw mattress)
projection, video with sound, duration 07:36, looped


MANUAL MANUAL
duration 07:36
Experimental cultivation of linen/flax (Linum usitatissimum) on a vacant piece of land in the city of Umeå, Sweden.

 

view1
exhibition view

 

view3exhibition view

 

oil squares
OIL SQUARES
plants (Linum usitatissimum), compost, soil and wood

 

tower close
TOWER OF STRENGTH
metal, flax seeds and wooden podium
Used for pressing out oil from flax seeds.

 

droppings
DROPPINGS
compost, metal, wood and plastic

arcaic detail
arcaic technique
ARCHAIC TECHNOLOGY
wood, metal and plastic stickers from fruits, the only material not decomposed in the composting process.

 

animate SNAKE
ANIMATE TECHNIQUE
wood, spray paint, electric wires
5 x 50 x 10 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The Logic of) Instruments For Cycles Through A Hunter-Gatherer-Gardener | 2013 | .