The nettle, a plant predominantly regarded as a weed in our days, is within the hands of Tegnander Wenzel worked to become a durable textile. The nettles are being harvested, dried and spun manually. Through this a type of tacit knowledge is being manifested, where contact with the material and our muscular memory’s capacity to learn is pivotal.
For Tegnander Wenzel the process towards the final work expresses a resistance to our contemporary societies foundation in growth and progress. With the crafting as a point of departure the artist revitalises knowledge and ideas of the past. We are fabulated into a universe where the laboratory encounters the playground, and medicine meets magic. That which in our time can be perceived as dichotic here intersects to challenge our concept of reality. Can we in the past find the key that will bring us further?
Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel (b. 1988) is an artist and musician based in Oslo. He works intersectional with performance, video, sound, and installation. In his work he explores how technological development, market forces, science, and spiritual impulses affect our concepts of reality, nature, norms, and identity. With this as backdrop Wenzel explores tacit knowledge, often through tactile processes, in exhibitions, performance, and mediation. On Lycanthropy, Fabulation & Weaving Spells is the artist biggest solo exhibition in Oslo to date.