This is art made of collections. This Swedish artist takes objects found at flea markets and other places of resale and positions them carefully together in a kind of ultimate packing art, a sculptural tetris, if you will. These are obsessively organized spaces with the objects seemingly available to fill exacting and intricate cavities. It is mind-boggling trying to comprehend how long it must have taken Johannson to figure out and find the objects for these snug-fitting 3-D puzzles.
Johansson says of his own work, “I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. Despite the fact that I did not have any use for them even the first time, the desire to own two of these objects becomes too strong to resist. The unique and unknown origin of the object increases my desire to want the double – the unlikelihood of this sensation repeating itself produces an attraction that is too strong to resist. This combination of the now-familiar and the new-unknown are among the various factors that come together to create the irresistible pull of these objects. This re-iterated fascination and the overwhelming desire that follows is central to my art practice. ”
His website is: http://www.michaeljohansson.com/