‘Permanent Vacation’ features a series of
installation works where global systems and
present pasts materialize in objects of daily
use. These comfort commodities speak in
intellectually ambivalent voices, with conviction.
They don’t speak the same language; the shower
curtain doesn’t understand the doormat; the
scarf is too clever for the radical beach towel.
This merchandise for the end of the world is the
product of cultural mutation, substantive debris
of digital production. When contemporaneity’s
fragments shower down, protection is offered
beneath a pile of material choice.
Anton Benois (b.1979, Moscow) lives
and works in Oslo. He graduated from
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim (MFA) in 2019.
Past group and collaborative exhibitions
include Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen,
Kunstmuseum, First Draft Gallery (Sydney, AU),
Kudos Gallery (Sydney, AU), Tetem Kunstruimte
(Enschede, NL). He has upcoming solo shows at
Babel Visningsrom (Trondheim) and Telemark
Kunstsenter (Skien) in 2021.