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Gift (Stavenger, Norway 2007)

As artist in residence at Touscene in Norway, Greenwood explored the industrial sea passage that connects Norway to his hometown of Newcastle. Plotting co-ordinates on a map Greenwood initiated a three hour action and stared precisiely across the North Sea towards his origin.

Gift in English means a present, the bestowing of a donation or a virtue from heaven. However, in Norwegian the same word means poisonous and extremely unwelcome.

HUNDREDS OF BLACK GREY BITS OF RUBBLE GNAWLED BY BLACK NORTHERN SEA GALES/GULLS AND SMASHED INTO TINGTANG FABRIC CIRCLES EVER BACKWARDS HOPE TO CREATE SOMEKIND OF FLUX OR WHIRLPOOL THAT WILL DANCE AND THRILL NOSTALGIC AS PISS SPATTERS ON THE STEPS NEXT TO WARE HOUSE ETERNAL ETERNAL WIND HOWLING LIKE A DOG OR BABY IN DISGUST AT PALM OF HAND THEY CLAIMED IT WOULDN’T BE COLD BUT IT WAS BLOODY IS LOOKING AT MIRROR LIKE MIRROR AGAIN AND AGAIN THE PLASTIC FIGURE LICKED THE POISONED SPOON AND HAULED OVER THE COALS TO MISDEAL BUT MAKE KNOWN YOU BET YOUR BOOTS

GIFTIG
GASS
GIFT/FRI

GIFTE/SIC

GIFTE/GIFT



pix by Helge Olav Øksedal




(c) Mark Greenwood 2oo8