It had seemed that the work of Torgeir Husevaag would be a fitting way to start out the New Year. In the Freeze Out series he has created a set of map/diagrams that track the performance that is played out on a poker table. With a high degree of sensitivity and rigor he has produced an enchanting world that begins to reveal the flow of a very specific type of information; RISK.
Freeze Out II (2007)
From the exhibition Contemporary Scandinavian Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, (SMoCA), May 2007.
My works for this exhibition were based on, “Freeze out” (the poker-performance from 2004), and “Poker-drawings” from 2006.
The project was started with a poker-performance 6 weeks prior to the exhibition. Initially we wanted to arrange it in the local casino run by Native Americans. Unfortunately that didn´t work out, so the performance took place in the museum during the opening hours. All the works in the show that followed refered to the performance. Data from it were translated into drawings and a chip-sculpture. The video of the performance were shown surrounded by the players instruction sheets.
The tube-sculpture was made out of all the chips that were in play during the tournament, stacked in the same sequence the winner of the game got hold of them. Each player had uniqely coloured chips, which made it possible to follow the exchange of values in the video, before the chips found their final place in the “cronological stack”/ “core-sample”- sculpture.
I made one drawing before the performance, a mix of handwritten text and illustration, that introduced the 13 characters, and suggested an outcome of the tournament. After the performance I made 3 drawings based on the actual outcome. They are different ways of organizing the information that was generated, with different aspects emphasized in each drawing. text via torgeirhusevaag.com