"I don't re all y know why I changed my ticket to New York from the 9th to the
13th September 2001. But 9/11 intervened; I stayed in Sweden and started to work on The Trick ...
It was certainly not an illustration or even some comment on Bulgakov's remarkable book Master and Margarita that drove me on. I only borrowed a personality of sorts...
How the painting would look was a mystery to me, though I knew what it should not be. So I painted it again and again...
Several versions appeared and finally I carved a large relief in oak, followed by shaping a synthesis of the carving and my painting in clay. The work was completed and cast in bronze at the tradition-rich Bergmans foundry in Stockholm.
I'm surprised at the stubbornness with which I've grasped the vision now that
THE TRICK on September 11 three years later... And then my mind plays
a joke on me - suddenly, while I'm jotting down these words. I look up the word
'trick' in a thesaurus (Longman's from
1986) and read dupe, cully, gull,
cozen, defraud, cheat, bluff, fake.
But it should have been words like prank,
caper, stunt, mischief, practical
joke, spoof, antics, shenanigans,
horseplay, monkey-tricks and tomfoolery ..."
Catalogue text for an exhibition in Navet (The Hub), Lindholmen Science Park, Gothteburg 2004
Tricket — The Trick
Published to the exhibition at MARS Gallery of Contemporary Art, Moscow 2006
Text: Torsten jurell
Layout: Torsten jurell
Manifest 2006. ISBN 91 8929 22 0
Special edition: 100 num. ex with a woodcut print and a DVD