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John Hansard Gallery
004 PAINT OVER - Accelerator
001 PETER CALLESEN - Wishing Pen in Denmark
003 KATHRINE ÆRTEBJERG - Rokeby
East End Display
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Frieze Art Fair
This is Not a Pen - Background
It all began back in October 2005 at a Clerkenwell pub in old London. Artist Raul Ortega, artist Kirsten Reynolds, and art historian Line Rosenvinge, met during an Artangel project. Kirsten had long played with the idea to explore the float pen, she says:
Since early childhood I have been aware of float pens, as my parents used to have one depicting the ship that sails from England to Bergen, Norway. They must have bought it as a souvenir in the 1960s when they used to go on holiday there every year. They did, in fact, take me once on my first birthday, but that was to be their last trip and I have no memory of it, just photographs of myself as a baby and the souvenir pen as the only proof that it ever happened.
Perhaps it is for this reason that I have always had a fondness for these pens, as they seem to represent a lost time, a place of non-existence, or other world. The slow, smooth movement of the object inside the pen is a motion from another era; sedate, dignified without the urgency and rushing that we associate with the modern, urban world.
Whether the image on the pen is a Cadillac outside the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, a London Bus outside the Houses of Parliament or the elevator on the Space Needle in Seattle, the motion contained within the pen is identical. Nothing can alter it or disrupt it’s sedate gliding action.
Kirsten further developed the idea together with Line, the idea matured, and one year on the first three editions were launched.
This is Not a Pen, June 2007