Michael Johansson container installation | Yellowtrace

Self Contained, 2010.
Containers, caravan, tractor, Volvo, pallets, refrigerators, etc.
Dimensions: 8,2 x 10.8 x 2,4 m.
Installation view: Umedalen Skulptur, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå (SE).


Michael Johansson | Yellowtrace

Tetris – Vigeland-museet, 2013.
Objects from the storage room at the Vigeland Museum.
Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.2 m.
Installation view: Familiar Abstractions, Vigeland-museet, Oslo (NO)


Michael Johansson rubiks cube installation | Yellowtrace

Rubik’s Curve, 2010.
Various objects, metal boxes, wooden wall.
Dimensions: 15 x 3,5 m.
Installation view: Svartlamon, Trondheim (NO).


Michael Johansson is a Swedish installation artist who takes OCD tendencies to the next level with his real-life Tetris sculptures. His passion for ordinary and useless things organised into exceptionally good-looking piles makes most neat-freaks look like the biggest slobs. Johansson is obsessed with irregularities and coincidences between to disparate objects which may only be linked by a common colour or a shape. On a more practical level, I bet this guy is excellent at stacking dishwashers, packing car boots and fridges. Yes!


Michael Johansson blue vintage suitcases | Yellowtrace

Dawn (Light), 2013. Mixed media.
Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 80 cm.


Michael Johansson vintage suitcases | Yellowtrace

Echoing Shades, 2011.
Armchair, books, bags, boxes, record player, etc.
Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 x 0,5 m.


“I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market. Despite the fact that I did not have any use for them even the first time, the desire to own two of these objects becomes too strong to resist. The unique and unknown origin of the object increases my desire to want the double – the unlikelihood of this sensation repeating itself produces an attraction that is too strong to resist.”


Michael Johansson all white tetris installation| Yellowtrace

Ghost V, 2011 – White objects.
Dimensions: 2,2 x 2,2 m x 2.
Installation view: The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan (IT).


Michael Johansson blue and white tetris installation| Yellowtrace

Michael Johansson all white tetris installation| Yellowtrace

Shade, 2013 – Ordinary items.
Dimensions: 3.8 x 5.6 m.
Installation view: Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm (SE).


“I am intrigued by irregularities in daily life. Not those that appear when something extraordinary occurs, but those that are created by an exaggerated form of regularity. Colours or patterns from two separate objects or environments concur, like when two people pass each other dressed in the exact same outfit. Or when you are switching channels on your TV and realise that the same actor is playing two different roles on two different channels at the same time. Or that one day the parking lot contained only red cars.”

Yep, the dude’s kinda got problems. But man does he know how to makes that look good.


[Images courtesy of the artist.]


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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

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