Cat On Mat = You Throw Darts

Abstraction through Wiki – Inspired by editing hours of audio for our new Henry ArtCastJacob Dahlgren: Signs of abstraction.

Cat on Mat (picture 1)

the arrow between the agent and CAT:Elsie depicts an example of an is-a relationship, as does the arrow between the location and the MAT. The arrows between the gerund SITTINGagent and location express the diagram’s basic relationship; “agent is SITTING on location”; Elsie is an instance of CAT.

description sitting-on (graph 1) is more abstract than the graphic image of a cat sitting on a mat (picture 1), the delineation of abstract things from concrete things is somewhat ambiguous; this ambiguity or vagueness is characteristic of abstraction. Thus something as simple as a newspaper might be specified to six levels, as in Douglas R. Hofstadter‘s illustration of that ambiguity, with a progression from abstract to concrete in Gödel, Escher, Bach (1979)

Conceptual graph for A Cat sitting on the Mat (graph 1)
picture-24Image 4 / 5: Jacob Dahlgren. I, the world, things, life (installation view).
Forward, Back, Right, Left (picture 1)
throuw-dartsYou Throw Darts (graph 1)

Superabundant – Jacob Dahlgren in the UK

Jacob Dahlgren. Heaven is a place on earth, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm 2006 c. Bonniers Konsthall

Jacob Dahlgren. Heaven is a place on earth, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm 2006 c. Bonniers Konsthall

On Saturday, the exhibition Superabundant: A Celebration of Pattern at Turner Contemporary Project Space opens in Margate, UK.  Jacob Dahlgren’s Heaven is a place on earth, an interactive installation comprised of multiple Ikea scales, is featured in the show.

Check out Jacob Dahlgren: Forward, Back, Right, Left now on view at the Henry Art Gallery through April 19.

Välkomnande, Jacob Dahlgren!

Enjoy some photos from Drinks and Stripes with Jacob Dahlgren at the Hideout and photos from his sold-out lecture last week! Check out Jacob Dahlgren: Forward, Back, Right, Left on view at the Henry through April 19!

Jacob Dahlgren lecture Friday – Did you go? Why?

Friday night’s lecture with Jacob Dahlgren, was standing-room-only with very little paid advertising.

I spend a lot of time here at the Henry sending invitations, and spreading the word for programs and exhibitions. I have burning question that will only take a few seconds to answer:

How did you hear about Friday’s talk? Inquiring minds want to know!

Jacob Dahlgren Lecture @ the Henry tonight

Jacob Dahlgren | Friday, January 9 | 6:30 PM

Jacob Dahlgren finds abstraction in everyday materials, which he employs to create dynamic interactive installations and performances. The centerpiece of his first exhibition on the west coast is a wall of yellow-and-black dartboards, which viewers are encouraged to use.

Collections Search: Stripes

Jacob Dahlgren.

Signs of Abstraction. Bergen, Norway. April 14, 2008. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Jacob Dahlgren.

Jacob Dahlgren is known for his love/obsession with stripes (check out this article for more). Today, he was taking photos of office staff who were wearing striped clothing. In anticipation of the opening of Jacob Dahlgren: Forward, Back, Right, Left at the Henry this weekend, I decided to do a Collections Search on “stripes” — perhaps the artist (and you!) will enjoy and be inspired by some offerings from the Henry’s Costume and Textile Collection:

Apron | Tibeten plain weave

Blanket | Twill weave, wool, 1800

Bag | Indian plain weave and wood, 1954

Scarf | Marimekko knitted wool, 1986

Blouse for dress | Givenchy Plain weave; Braided, machine
Cotton with lurex, 1980-1983

Do your own Collections Search here!