A high school desk with two chairs, paper maché, glue, latex and chewing gum and bubble-gum.
The forgotten and hidden gum, which resides under all high school classroom tables, grows into something more ominous beneath a desk from South San Francisco High School. The piece is made in reaction to Susan O'Malley's intervention project "The Doodle Contest" at Branson High School in Marin, California.
The Desk is part of the exhibition, The Deadpan Exchange III, which is organized by Jonn Herschend and is featuring the work of the Danish artists: Marie Kolding Lund (DK), Gudrun Hasle (DK), Jacob Borges (DK), Jesper Carlsen (DK), Jens Axel Beck (DK), Morten Kær (DK), and Heidi Hove (DK).
The work presented by the seven Copenhagen based artists of the Koh-i-noor collective is the third part in a series of international deadpan exchanges, which began in the summer of 2007 in Denmark and Berlin. In each of the shows, the artists were actively involved in a give and take of deadpan communication… a sort of classic comedy exchange. The work exhibited at the Lab by the seven Danish artists is a reaction to the work of the Bay Area artists who initially exhibited in June 2007 in Copenhagen.
The Desk, 2008.
The Desk, 2008.
Installation view, Deadpan Exchange III, The Lab, San Francisco. From the Left: Space Construction by Jens Axel Beck, Bounching Ball between the floor and the gallery wall with changing rhythm by Jesper Carlsen, and The Desk By Heidi Hove.
Special thanks to: Gumlink, Vejle (DK), The South San Francisco High School, California (US), Jonn Herschend and The Danish Arts Council - The International Commitee for supporting the exhibition.