He ain't heavy, he's my brother - Michael Johansson
He ain't heavy, he's my brother, 2005
Bathroom scales.
Dimensions: 1,6 x 0,4 x 0,4 m.
Installation view: "...one more time", CirkulationsCentralen, Malmö (S)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother
, 2005

A pile of bathroom scales are placed on top of one other. Their original purpose, to measure weight, is placed in connection to their own weight, their own relationship with gravity. The scales gives rise to a 1.6 meter high tower; the weights shown on the scales gradually rise to 55 kilos as one reads down the pile.

The scales aren’t attached to one another, but are simply balancing on top of each other. In Swedish the word “våghals” (daredevil, lit. trans. “scale-neck”) is in this case perfectly literal.


Exhibited at:
Örnsköldsviks Konsthall, Örnsköldsvik (S) 2007
Nollställt, Konsthallen Trollhättan, Trollhättan (S) 2007
Galleri 1:18, Gerlesborg (S) 2006
Diesel New Art Award, Catalogue, finalist in the cathegory Action (S) 2006
Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup (S) 2006
"...one more time", CirkulationsCentralen, Malmö (S) 2005

Installation view: Arnstedt & Kullgren, Östra Karup (S) 2006