Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Gallery Niklas Belenius

The arc of Carl Michael von Hausswolff’s thirty-year career suggests that at some impressionable age, he encountered Bruce Nauman’s 1967 spiraling neon The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, took it as the gospel, and never looked back: His oeuvre is pitch-perfect ecumenical esotericism. As composer, artist, and curator, von Hausswolff uses remote sensing devices, not least radar and sonar, to explore “electricity, frequency, architectural space and paranormal electronic interference,” as he puts it. In case you’re wondering, paranormal electronic interference means detecting voices of the dead in radio static (tune into 1485.0 kHz), and von Hausswolff is an expert. His art roams so freely that even “emancipated” and “experimental” seem too restrictive as designations.

Von Hausswolff is a propulsive showman, and there is nothing wrong with that; his work is built for

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