‘Permanent Vacation’ features a series of installation works where global systems and present pasts materialize in objects of daily use. These comfort commodities speak in intellectually ambivalent voices, with conviction. They don’t speak the same language; the shower curtain doesn’t understand the doormat; the scarf is too clever for the radical beach towel. This merchandise for the end of the world is the product of cultural mutation, substantive debris of digital production. When contemporaneity’s fragments shower down, protection is offered beneath a pile of material choice.
Anton Benois (b.1979, Moscow) lives and works in Oslo. He graduated from Kunstakademiet i Trondheim (MFA) in 2019. Past group and collaborative exhibitions include Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen, Trøndelagsutstillingen, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, First Draft Gallery (Sydney, AU), Kudos Gallery (Sydney, AU), Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, NL). He has upcoming solo shows at Babel Visningsrom (Trondheim) and Telemark Kunstsenter (Skien) in 2021.