KUNSTBANKEN, Hedmark Kunstsenter i Hamar. 21 March – 10 May Alexander Grüner (1959) lecturer at HDK Steneby Textile Garment Design exhibits Courage – Yet Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves, based on Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a poetry collection that is highly critical of Victorian society’s mechanisms of oppression. Grüner’s art work comprises thousands of small coils made from newspaper with 25 different colour combinations. Using a regular system, three stanzas from Wilde’s collection are recreated. Courage is the ability to oppose and resist.

Yet each man kills the thing he loves
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

Some kill their love when they are young,
And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife, because
The dead so soon grow cold.

Some love too little, some too long,
Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
And some without a sigh:
For each man kills the thing he loves,
Yet each man does not die.

Read review in Swedish by Fibertiger here.

foto Hillevi Nagel

foto Hillevi Nagel