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View of “Ida Ekblad: Poem Percussion,” 2010, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway. Photo: Thor Brødreskift.

IDA EKBLAD’S 2009 VIDEO In Exile from the Mineral Kingdom begins with a percussive flourish: In a tightly framed shot, we see somebody whacking pieces of scrap metal with a stick. Cut to the artist standing at the pinnacle of a giant junk heap, laboriously heaving pieces of scrap down to the bottom, presumably collecting them for one of the assemblages she has been producing since 2008. A mock-heroic bricoleur, she seems to be wryly performing her own process. On the sound track, we hear her reciting her poem “Mars Black Hues,” a meditation on restlessness, sleep, fragility, and strength.

To a great extent, Ekblad’s practice is based on her peregrinations through urban and industrial space—particularly locations that contain the discarded objects that are her materials. Often, the works in a particular show will be made from trash and junk culled from the area surrounding the

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