These Pseudo-Cats Are Such Perfect Imitations

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  • 2017

Pregnant women often dream of kittens.
On the balcony.
It takes seven seconds for the frost to go through my wet hair and into my brain.
The rewarding activity has just been performed.
For some, the euphoria translates into aggressive playfulness.
Who doesn’t want to travel to other realms and learn to use psychic powers?

In her first solo exhibition at KRETS, Malmö-based artist Ingvild Hovland Kaldal continues her delving into the psyche and subconscious of the human mind. As in many of her more recent works, she explores the in-between spaces of psychology and perception; the transient gaps bordering dream and reality, idea and representation, abstract and concrete, consciousness and subconscious, through an automatic working method traditionally tied to concepts like intuition, obsession and chaos.

Ingvild Hovland Kaldal (b. 1985) graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2015. Working across several disciplines she addresses how energy can be transformed into physical form, and how memory to a large extent incarnates as a bodily experience filtered through and stored in our bones, flesh, and organs. She often mediates what appears to be on the verge between the physical and spiritual; an intuitive and poetic flux not devoid of a humorous and absurdist twist. In drawing, sculpture, video and photography she has, over the past years, dealt with a subjective experience of spiritual emergence, while at the same time being influenced by the documented praxis of predecessors who have explored the aesthetic and visual outcome of a spiritual or induced high. Prominent among these are the texts and drawings of Henri Michaux concerning mescalin, and Carlos Castaneda’s studies on lucid dreaming, both raising questions about the human body and mind in its ambiguous states. How does the dominant structures, preconceptions and speed of our times impact our relation to the surrounding world? When information is constantly at our fingertips, do we need to turn to the irrational and unknown to make sense of it all?

“Should I perhaps add this? I keep seeing cats on the high branches of the trees in my garden even when there are none there. Sometimes pigeons. More than once I have had to pick up my binoculars – these pseudo-cats are such perfect imitations!”
– Henri Michaux, Miserable Miracle

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