Leonard Forslund

Magasin 3 Projekt (Djurgårdsbrunn)

Subjekt och Dedikation MCMXC (Subject and dedication MCMXC, 1989-90) is the title of Leonard Forslund’s latest work. Though the painting is gigantic (ca. 96 by 1164 inches), I am determined not to be swept off my feet by the impressiveness of its physical dimensions. The work is painted in a cold blue-green hue. Upon this smooth ocean of color Forslund has placed a number of ocher rectangles, no less smoothly painted. To begin with, the enormous work feels as numb as it is big. But as I walk along the painting, it gradually “opens up.” On the mute surface I discover a number of traces, traces that lead into a very complex and polyvalent structure.

There is a diagram in the catalogue representing the increase of the human population between the year 0 and the year 2100. The diagram consists of 12 sectors of increasing size and the painting displays the same structure. To my amazement it

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