Truls Melin, Mental Togetherness (2009), Installation view from Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Photo: Anna Eriksson.
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Frihamnen, SE – 115 56
+46 8 545 680 40
Truls Melin. Mental
Installed March 28, 2009
Truls Melin has specially created one of his evocative sculptures to stand in front of the Magasin 3 building. Measuring over 5 meters high, this large-scale piece is his first outdoor sculpture in Stockholm. The intricate system of pipes is painted a shade of green that psychologists deem to be calming and which the viewer may recognize from previous works by Melin.
Tessa Praun, the curator of the project, describes the piece as follows: ”Two figures are incorporated into this closed circuit — they seem to have abandoned their physical form in order to fuse with the fixed, static form of the pipes. They represent an alienation of sorts but keep each other company in an imagined and desired companionship.”
Truls Melin has retained his child-like imagination, which along with an interest in model building is the source of many of his motifs. His sculptures tend to be monochromatic with very few details and are evocative of memories, dreams or the subconscious. This new work will come to mark Magasin 3’s location within the Freeport area in the coming years.
Born in Malmö in 1958, Truls Melin is one of Sweden’s and indeed Scandinavia’s most esteemed artists. Amongst others he has exhibited at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum and at the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Truls Melin has been living and working in Copenhagen since the mid 1980s.