If you happen to be a obsessed with cleanliness and have a passion for objects that line up perfectly, then you will fall in love with Michael Johansson.

Taken directly from his website:

I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. Despite the fact that I did not have any use for them even the first time, the desire to own two of these objects becomes too strong to resist. The unique and unknown origin of the object increases my desire to want the double – the unlikelihood of this sensation repeating itself produces an attraction that is too strong to resist.

This combination of the now-familiar and the new-unknown are among the various factors that come together to create the irresistible pull of these objects. This re-iterated fascination and the overwhelming desire that follows is central to my art practice.

I am intrigued by irregularities in daily life. Not those that appear when something extraordinary occurs, but those that are created by an exaggerated form of regularity. Colours or patterns from two separate objects or environments concur, like when two people pass each other dressed in the exact same outfit. Or when you are switching channels on your TV and realize that the same actor is playing two different roles on two different channels at the same time. Or that one day the parking lot contained only red cars.

These irregularities, these coincidences, are another focus of my artwork.

Here is only a fraction of his work. If you want the full library, please check out his website.

TOYS’R’US – Dingy scale 1:1, 2006

Ghost II, 2009

Tetris – Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, 2011

Tetris – Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, 2011

Recapturing a Contemporary Past, 2011

Ghost V, 2011

Ghost V, 2011

27m3, 2010

Tetris – NIMk, 2010

Self Contained, 2010

Self Contained, 2010

Domestic Kitchen Planning, 2010

Tetris – FACT Liverpool, 2009

Cake Lift, 2009

Cake Lift, 2009

Bleka Minnen, 2009

Packa Pappas Kappsäck, 2006


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