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Markus Hofer | Marking A Moment

Lukas Troberg's works ever so often remind me of markings. Be it that a specific place is spontaneously taken over or that there is a long-term and carefully planned exhibition of various objects – the sense of marking spaces is always palpable. By using a re-interpreted symbol in a consistently changing context, his work somehow seems to be open, it cannot be immediately captured.
It is only after taking a closer look that the ever returning movements become visible.
On the one hand, the precise exploration of space, probably stemming from Troberg's long–time engagement in "re-shaping the public space", on the other hand the careful selection of the objects which, in the course of his work, are subject to some kind of dissolution, yet always hinting at a reminiscence of their former selves.

Reason is tempted to detect a certain kind of logic disguised behind the selection of objects the artist uses, but these are mere place holders for a certain position in society, more precisely a position right in the public.
This innuendo of a relation with the present can best be felt where we would usually not expect it. The originally spontaneous marking becomes a process due to almost indefinite repetition, but in fact always remains attached to swiftly made markings.

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