[ Tillstånd ] State & permission / a comment on my exhibition at Sander gallery Linköping
Since the mid sixties, I have worked with images.
In three years, I can celebrate 50 years as an artist.
No one is more surprised above this than myself.
For it is only in retrospect that things become clearer – some are
smaller now, others disappear, some have never happened
– the importance shows up when one continues.
My themes in all these years have been few, and eventually
only one: the poetic, the indeterminable, that which unapprovable
exists in the interstices, between the physical existence and
the ability to imagine the other.
This third, which – I think – is the biggest part of our lives;
that which we can try to rewrite, using the language’s infinite
veil, doing pictures or use eloquent silence.
The driving force is a search for the essence – an essence that
we know is something indeterminate at its core.
Every time I thought – now, now I know, and also what to do
it has eluded me again. It was rare that I succeeded in my intentions –
not this time, but next time, perhaps …
Go and see my paintings and drawings of the interstices
in their present shape.