Best Laid Plans with Hannah Clarkson (BodyBuilding Collective), 2018

Dovilė Bernadišiūtė and Hannah Clarkson – Best Laid Plans

« Best Laid Plans » brings together the works of Dovilė Bernadišiūtė and Hannah Clarkson. Located in the industrial area of Årstaberg; a place in simultaneous demolition and construction, the exhibition sets out to contemplate humankind’s relationship to the built space. Using architectural materials such as roofing felt, her sculptures take on narrative properties in relation to the viewer, creating a state of flux where body becomes building and building becomes body. The title comes from an oft-quoted line from Scottish poet Robert Burns, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” The phrase has been adopted as an expression to signify the futility of making detailed plans when the ability to fully or even partially execute them is uncertain. With the artists’ conjoined interest for the setting of the exhibition, located in an industrial building with the official name Packrummet 12, built in 1962, the works reflect a moment in past and future. They take on the specificity of the site and the narratives inherent to the building.

Årsta Skolgränd 16A, 2018

Brooches, Safety glass, bronze, stainless steel

The demolition of artists’ studios around Stockholm including those in this very building and just across the street, is an issue of increasing concern. In the plans for the new apartment buildings which will be built on the footprint of the soon to be demolished Årsta Skolgränd 16A, there is a statement of what will be lost, that the area is of ‘some cultural significance’, but not enough to save it. These brooches are thus a souvenir of the building in which we are now, cast from the very floor on which we stand. They speak of traditions of souvenir jewellery, a memory of what is present yet soon to be past, yet also of a future, not-so-indestructible safety glass in waiting for demolition, paired with a modern materiality of the commercial architecture soon to be built here. Here, space and time can be worn, carried with you, place transferred and embodied.