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Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas
The Institute of Art and Crime
The Institute of Art and Crime has just opened, and the newly acquired museum curator sets out to explore subversive themes with a set of sensational and critical tools.The story unfolds as a dramatized encounter between the artist, the psychopath, and the junky, who by accident meet on a park bench.The subsequent visit to the institute gradually degenerates as the curator gives a narrative representation of a wide variety of criminal elements in art. Good taste dissolves as the cold, contemptuous white cube tightens its grip on the characters convictions. The book can be seen as dirty underwear, depicting in allegorical form the art institution as a wicked world of dilapidated discourse.The Institute of Art and Crime is a journey through aesthetic shame. The repulsive kind.
The publication The Institute of Art and Crime, by Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas, is a 123 page, black and white illustrated dialog between four characters; the Artist, the Curator, the Psychopath and the Junkie. The book was launched with an Exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus May 9-11, 2014.
Torpedo Press 2014