Mans Wrange

Galleri Sten Eriksson

Both hot and cool, passionate and skeptical, sensuous and conceptual, Mans Wrange’s work creates an intense feeling of ambivalence and ambiguity. His installations include a mixture of short narratives. In his new one, Wrange introduces three fictional characters, all of them obsessed by a romantic longing for perfection, immediacy, or truth. But in one way or another, they all fail. Wrange is not, however, simply playful and ironic regarding his characters and their noble aspirations. Like any good author, he also seems to be genuinely fascinated by them. His texts, pictures, and objects, in fact, exhibit a kind of exactitude which, I think intentionally, undermines their skepticism. Wrange is a disbeliever who believes in the necessity of belief.

The fictional poet Morecraft (more-craft!) dreams of a poetry that can be read in a single moment. But his “instant poems”—written with red

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