Super Cells, 1992
Super cells are among the strongest weather phenomena on earth. When a series of thunderstorms connect, and reach an altitude where the jet stream affects their circulation, the outcome can be extremely violent storms, and in some cases even tornados. The title of the exhibition “Super Cells”, at Gallery Lars Bohman in Stockholm, refers to the different energy systems that connect like cogwheels throughout the gallery.
The sculpture “Rescue Party” is placed in the first room. It consist of six figures dressed in rescue suits with screen printed plants and flowers. A kind of inverted camouflage covering a series of biotopes: from cactus desert, over mangrove swamp, to arctic tundra. The group forms a human landscape where they stand. Stuck in concrete, as if buried by gangsters in some river, the saviors themselves placed in a tricky situation.
On the way into the second room, one passes through an automatic sluice made by thick plastic. It is the kind of curtain that separates spaces in a slaughterhouse. On the inside it becomes clear why the protective sheet is imperative. Placed on a small aluminum podium, is a white shiny rhino. Out of perforated openings in its body a thick moist steam is pumped out into the gallery space. The humidity is suffocating and the smell implies that the space might need a renovation after the show.
The content of the third room can easily be heard before one enters. A loud noise of crumbling porcelain bounces between the concrete walls. Even though the ongoing earthquake is contained inside an inflated incubator, the powerful event threatens to spread out into the gallery. Around the transparent dome are a couple of openings with plastic gloves inserted. Could they be used to arrest the escalating trauma? But there is no way to halt the rumble, and the difficulty of the human strife to tame the forces of nature becomes painfully clear seen through the semi-permeable skin that divides the catastrophe from the lukewarm gallery space.