Untitled #03


Screws, nails, canvas

165 x 165 cm (64 15/16 x 64 15/16 in.)

Three large white square canvases are folded along the holes of the nails that fasten them on the wall. Screws roughly glued to the paper form rows in a linear rhythm. Henrik Olesen's Untitled is the outcome of long conceptual reflection. The lines of screws take shape in a reproductive whole, a physical enumeration.

Untitled #3 belongs to a group of three canvases where the screw is the central, polysemic and minimal part. Together or alone, they take shape to form an unspeakable message for the viewer. Could it be a poem, a musical score or lines of computer code by the brilliant gay British mathematician Alan Turing, whose tragic story has already inspired Olesen’s work?

The triptych Untitled was first exhibited by the Pinault Collection at the 2015 "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.
Henrik Olesen's other artwork