Lisa Trogen Devgun
B. 1984, Stockholm.
The organization of global distribution boils down to the never-ending effort of moving things from one place to the next. It is exceedingly important to pay attention to all forms of circulation, and remember that even seemingly frictionless systems of distribution still have high costs of attrition.
Lisa Trogen Devgun has undertaken a deep investigation into the utilitarian beauty of form materialized in modern packaging and shipping crates. Put into contrast with what idealists describe as the immateriality of digital distribution, her engagement with the proverbial materiality of shipping crates puts the toxic beauty of globalization into the limelight of the white cube.
Until we ship crates for their own sake, as objects of beauty, what Devgun does is the closest we will get to experience the overlooked aesthetics of those things that carries all other things.
The elaborate, almost architectural pieces of Devgun examines the properties of packaging on different scales. The delimited space created by any room is alluded to by unfolded crates and sheer utilitarian insulation boards. Empty boxes come to stand in for us, take us in as equals, and smooth over the failures of socialized perception.
In the exhibition at Belenius/Nordenhake we are met by lightweight transformer-like shipping crates interlocked in barriers; deconstructed boxes signaling an uncanny unraveling of space. What’s more, we are also invited and swallowed whole in slick metallic space.
When enveloped in low thermal conductivity—where circulation comes to a stop—one starts thinking soothing things. The inside of an aluminum-coated room clears a racing mind.
This, however, is no exercise in relationality, there are no tensions between spectator and Devgun’s objects of art—In a world of objects, packaging is all.
2011–2015 Konstfack, konst, Stockholm, Sweden
2010–2011 Gerlersborgsskolan, Stockholm, Sweden
2009–2010 Handarbetets vänner, Stockholm, Sweden
2005–2006 Tillskärarakademin, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Konstfacks vårutställning, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 State of being, Belenius/Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Letter of Intent postbased group show, Kurant, Tromsö, Norway
2014 Euro-Containers Ventilated, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Toms goes fishing, Galleri Sorbus, Finland
2014 Meet your maker, Galleri Isbrytaren, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Between this wish and that wish , Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 KO2, Moderna bar/ Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Continental Breakfeast, UB art, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Retreat Festival, Trädgården, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Allt ska bort, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Carter, Rönells Antikvariat, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Antagningsutställning, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Elevutställning, Gerlersborgsskolan, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Elevutställning, Handarbetets vänner, Stockholm, Sweden
With artistgroup Senoren:
2014 Senoren #14, Garfitti kingz, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013 Senoren #12, Platform, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Senoren #8, Larrys Corner, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Senoren #6, Temporära konsthallen, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Senoren #4, Konstnärshuset och Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Senoren #3, Hey It’s Erico Pallazzo, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012 Senoren #2, Wip Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2013 Senoren #5, Paletten Art journal
2013 Årskursbok, konstfack