CHRIS FREMANTLE

What art have I seen? The Circle of a Square and The Effect of a Butterfly

Posted in Exhibitions, Uncategorized by chrisfremantle on March 14, 2022

Henrik Håkansson’s exhibition with The Modern Institute.

Strange exhibition including video of butterflies flying in Håkansson’s garden filmed using a very high speed camera. The huge structure holding the not very large screens is a curious installation. The wall-based works use historic Joseph Albers’ prints composed with butterflies captures and preserved by Håkansson as a young man. Donald Judd is also present in another wall based element.

https://www.themoderninstitute.com/exhibitions/the-circle-of-a-square-and-the-effect-of-a-butterfly-2022-02-11/8064/

I remember Håkansson’s piece in Radical Nature – a tree tipped over on its side. In the end whilst Håkansson engages with living things in different ways, it doesn’t feel like he draws attention to interdependence (other than perhaps ironically). As David Antin put it,

“The idea of an ecological art is the idea of an art that articulates dependencies, its own condition for existence or those of the world” (David Antin, ArtNews Nov. 1970 p. 90).

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