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When the last story is told #27

by Allan Haverholm

Monotype, acrylic, appr. 21×30 cm.
Published in Allan Haverholm: "When the Last Story is Told" (C'est Bon Kultur, 2015).

"Like the clap of thunder when the air rushes to fill the vacuum from a supersonic plane, Allan Haverholm poses the question: When the last story is told, what fills the space it leaves?

In the latest book by visual artist Allan Haverholm, narrative gives way to another order of meaning. Although the pages are divided into comic book grids there is nothing to constitute a tr...



Allan Haverholm

Allan Haverholm

I started out in comics a couple of decades ago and, to my mind, that is the practice that I continue still. Although I have long abandoned the cultural genre aspect of comics, their formal basis persist in my work: montage and accumulative juxtaposition of visual elements. In my work, that juxtaposition serves as a visual model of abstract concepts such as the combinatory nature of creative processes, and the sometimes fraught means of conveying subjective experience between people.

Through reduction of motive and narrative, I have arrived at the non-figurative collages that I work with today. I see that development as a freedom to express myself in a form unfettered by story or linearity – a reading experience more like that of maps than of text, and as an exploration rather than finding the quickest way from A to B. In effect, I create worlds for a reader to get lost and find their own way in.

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