Conceptual Art and Installations by Michael Johansson


Michael Johansson definitely has a very distinctive style that's apparent in the majority of his works. I discovered him on Booooooom a few days ago, and knew this was something I had to share with you guys. I love the crazy amount of thinking that must go into making these fairly simple pieces. He makes it seem so easy with his clever concepts.

Johansson was born in Trollhättan 1975, took his MA at the Art Academy in Malmö 2005, where he still lives and works. In his playful installations and sculptures Michael Johansson puts the qualities from daily life objects in opposition to their field of application. By repetition, displacement of scale, and new function, he questions the receivers interpretations of the unique.

Head on over to Michael's portfolio for more and let me know what you think via twitter!

TOYS'R'US, 2006

A boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame. Everything is painted in a unifying plastic layer to resemble the surface of a model kit. The real boat is transformed into a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else.

Ghost II, 2009

White objects.

Engine Bought Separately, 2007

Everyday objects from mid-20th century housewives are taken apart, sorted, and repacked in an equally outdated boydream esthetics. These two worlds are merged together and the objects are frozen in their new shape - while the function is displayed, the functionality is taken away.

He had been packing all night, 2005

“He had been packing all night” is a work following simple rules of replication. Five rectangular masses, the same shape and size, sit in a row. Each structure follows the pattern of the previous structure, but each shape is made up of more and more individual boxes – the first mass is a single box, the second two boxes, and so on. The idea is similar to a Russian doll, but in this case it’s the outside format that constitutes the unifying factor throughout the series, not the fact that they actually fit inside each other.

Hair Formula 1, 2005

A Formula 1 racetrack constructed from hair dryers, hair curlers and hairpins. When the audience pushes the red button all the dryers start simultaneously, which results in a massive sound reminiscent of the roar from cars at a racetrack. The ping-pong ball follows the current of air around the track, and the guardrail of rollers helps it to survive the “hairpin bend”.

Particularly placed/Placed particularly, 2007

As the first exhibitor in the transformed tool shed at the Arnstedt & Kullgren gallery, I wanted to remind the viewer about the previous function of this space. A carpenter bench is located in the middle of the room defining the limit of the stacked objects that are beneath its shape. The everyday articles have been altered into a sculptural form that encourages the visitor to try to visualize the tool shed as it was before.

Tetris, 2009

Objects from the storage room at FACT Liverpool.