Frankfurt am Main

A tree that will not rot

30 April – 28 May, 2017

Forgetting, death as usual, and ice cream, Christmas, childhood sensations. Yet, as getting older, to linger seems to be the most acute way of being present, to dwell into one’s own disappearance by staring at frozen time. Or feel somewhat permanent next to frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelato, eis, glass, whatever melts across borders.

All love stories should start—and end—at a bridge. Like getting back “home” for Christmas, walking some dog along the local lovers’ lane, only to find that the bridge over the frozen waters is gone! The wooden boards were rotten according to the municipality.

But hear this: He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wood that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move. Isaiah, 40,20.

Mystery means what you can see with closed eyes, and say with a closed mouth. What now, could be worshiped more than what passeth away, before our eyes, and faster than our bodies?

To linger is to watch oneself forget, oh how present, and pleasant, to almost have had that gelato somewhere within memories’ ever changing colors.

Text by Morten Langeland

Mikael Lo Presti (b. 1989 Södra Sandby, SE) lives and works between Olso, NO and Stockholm, SE. He is a graduate of the Art Academy in Oslo and a current participant of the Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon, PT. Recent exhibitions include May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way at Standard, Oslo, Tegnebiennalen at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, and Maleriets Letthet at Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo. A tree that will not rot is his first solo-exhibition, and first exhibition in Germany.

Blueberrys/Heart/Faces, 2017

silkscreen print, acrylic on cotton canvas

140 × 200 cm

Roses/Kiss, 2017

silkscreen print, acrylic on cotton canvas

100 × 200 cm

Parasol/Face/Beach, 2017

silkscreen print, acrylic on cotton canvas

100 × 200 cm

Lemons/Face/Fan, 2017

silkscreen print, acrylic on cotton canvas

100 × 200 cm

Footbridge Detail I, 2017

acrylic on canvas, brass tacks, mdf

30 × 35 cm

Footbridge Detail II, 2017

acrylic on canvas, brass tacks, mdf

30 × 35 cm

Footbridge Detail III, 2017

acrylic on canvas, brass tacks, mdf

30 × 35 cm

Footbridge Detail IV, 2017

acrylic on canvas, brass tacks, mdf

30 × 35 cm