General & Specific

About Jacob Dahlgren

Jacob Dahlgren uses the language and imagery of the quotidian to confront the legacies of abstraction. Dahlgren filters tropes of 20th-century abstract art, such as targets, minimalist grids, and Op-art patterns, through everyday objects and imagery. One of his most enduring projects involves his visiting public spaces and photographing individuals he finds there who are wearing T-shirts with horizontal stripes. In another work, Dahlgren covered a wall with concentric circles—an allusion to both Jasper Johns’s and Kenneth Noland's iconic target paintings—stabbing the centers with a pencil, as if the totem of midcentury American abstraction were a dartboard. Such projects create an intersection between the conceptual aspirations of abstraction and the often-overlooked details of contemporary life.

Swedish, b. 1970

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
HOW LINES MOVE BEYOND GEOMETRY INTO SPACE, FELDBUSCHWIESNERRUDOLPH, Berlin
2015

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
ARCOmadrid, Galerie Anhava
2013
Kiasma Hits: 13th Collection Exhibition, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art