The first comprehensive survey of Marte Eknæs’ practice, Formal Economy presents her sculptural works, drawings, and collages as visual narratives and fictional landscapes. In the different chapters the works take on new roles and become both characters, backdrops, research centres and tools for visual investigation into topics of Public Sphere, Surface, Flexibility, Waste, and waterworld hedonism. Selected texts by, amongst others, Charlotte Posenenske, Sam Jacob, Lina Bo Bardi, Alexander Kluge/Joseph Vogl, Suburban Lawns, and the artist’s own writing provide further depth into the topics and contextualize Eknæs’ practice.
Included is also a rendering for the class rooms of the new department for disruptive innovation at University of Southern California, a wall text from a Frank Gehry building and infographics on current figures of global waste. And through this combination of facts, analysis and fiction, Eknæs creates a graphic landscape that both looks back at her work so far and is a starting point for a new direction. Formal Economy is developed with Karl Kolbitz and designed by HIT studio in Berlin