Mikael Hallstrøm Eriksen is concerned with the relationship between form, structure and surface – and materials.
For the past year he has worked on a variety of simple, graphic works, blue notes, made with ballpoint pen on paper.
The pen is closely related to the written language. As a cultural object, it is associated, on the one hand, with the formal, bureaucratic language of the office and, on the other, with the informal texts and scribbles of everyday life: memos, notes, birthday cards, love letters, etc.
The Blue notes drawings investigate what happens when the ballpoint pen is removed from the language – and vice versa. What is its potential as a design tool? Can the ink chisel alternative forms of paper out of the paper? What narratives arise when simple, geometric shapes and loose organic structures meet in ink surfaces of varying intensity?
Mikael Hallstrøm Eriksen is a trained anthropologist and has for many years worked with sculptural objects of wood in various degrees of cultural processing – stems, plywood, furniture, books, post-its, paper, etc. Previously, he has exhibited at Spring and the Artists Easter Exhibition in Aarhus Kunsthal, the Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in the Free Exhibition Building and the Spring Exhibition in Charlottenborg.