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White is science, black is magic

Jim Thorell-detail

Jim Thorell
2009.04.17- 2009.04.26

Detroit presents White is science, black is magic, the first solo exhibition by Jim Thorell in Stockholm. The drawings shown are made on rice paper which Thorell brought back home with him after an exchange course on Japanese painting at Kanazawa University, Japan. Through the typically fine fibres of the rice paper, and its ability to make the ink bleed, Thorell tries to release the classically controlled line. The drawings share a recurring feature in narrative and contemplation, a witnessing of something. The continuously present characters often appear as limping, damaged socially or physically and as carriers of as little as possible.

Jonatan Ahlm Brenander about the exhibition:

“In the drawings peculiarly known fragments of stories appear, liberated from their original context. Tales of lost sons and martyrs live side by side along images from mass medias continuously growing archive of moments. The diffuse shapelessness of the figures complicates any kind of definitive fixation, struggles against every attempt to conform them into finished stories. The suggestive presence of the bodies drowns, almost suffocates their unclear voices, what they say subordinates their mere presence.

They seem to draw another history, a history essentially different from our common, linear history of compromise between abstract interests of power. This second history is a private history made up by perceptions and assumption, rather than a series of documented events lain down in systems of cause and effect. It is a history which is attainable in a mid-human level, without detours over compromises, translations and reductions.”

Jim Thorell was born 1981 in Stockholm. After taking his Bachelor’s degree, he is now studying for a Master’s at Valand School of Fine Arts. He has previously exhibited at Museo dé la ciudad Querétaro, Mexico and Garden Gallery in Gothenburg and is currently participating in the group show Dialogue at Gothenburg’s Citymuseum.