Hopstreet Gallery, Sint-Jorisstraat 109, 1050 Brussel (BE)
Opening: 2017/01/14 14:00
Deflation studies (1), 2016. Archival inkjet print, 80 x 53 cm, edition 5+2ap © Sara Bjarland
A cluster of half deflated balloons hangs on an almost invisible thread. White, grey and a single black balloon. The shrivelled rubber resembles my own ageing skin, with increasingly deeper creases and wrinkles. The passage of time and the traces that it leaves behind; some people see beauty in it. I don't. Sara Bjarland isn't really interested in the romantic aesthetic of deterioration, but rather in its destructive and transformative power. Bjarland collects, assembles and photographs objects that fall apart, decay, lose their original shape and begin to resemble something else during that process. According to her, that's what makes it interesting. It opens the mind to imagination and personal associations.
Nina Folkersma, independent curator, editor and advisor, based in Amsterdam.