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Rom8: 'The fact of the matter is'

Emil Keller Skousen will present a series of new works within different media including drawing, photo, text, objects and textile work. They are results of this process and in one way or other all reflect on and interpret EVERY-THING and the course of P. Skousen's life. Opening 23 April at 7pm. Emil Keller Skousen and Professor Gerd Tiinglum in conversation 24 April at 2pm.

Preben Skousen grew up under poor conditions in Western Jutland in Denmark during the 1930's and 1940's. His father died when Preben was still a young boy, and, as he was the oldest son, left him in charge of the family's hard ware store.

In 1957 the young merchant founded Skousen Household Appliances, which quickly became one of Denmark's largest retailers in the market, and eventually made P. Skousen a very wealthy man.

However, the financial crisis hit Denmark in 2008, and Skousen went bankrupt in 2011. At this point P. Skousen had been retired for 11 years after leaving the CEO position to one of his five sons.

While the value of Skousen Household appliances decreased drastically, the old merchant decided to start a new business concept in his own image.

Preben managed to dispose of a large personal fortune and pension which he had earned through a long career in business. From 2008 until his death in 2013 he spent essentially all of his assets buying everything he could get his hands on - goods from foreclosure-sales, estates of deceased persons and surplus stocks - literally everything. All aligned to his sole criteria; the pursuit of a good deal.

In the course of the next two years Preben carefully reorganized the 4000 sq. meters, which formerly housed Skousen's administration and storage with his newly acquired goods. On March 1st 2010, the opening of EVERY-THING was launched. Here, everything would be traded at the specific price decided by P. Skousen. Preben ran the shop as a full-blown loss making business until his death in January 2013, leaving it as his heritage to his descendants. EVERY-THING is now closed customers but remains a monument of Preben Skousen.

EVERY-THING denies the supply and demand-logic of the market and is not founded on an ideological basis, as a charity shop. It is a store where everything is composed and priced according to a subjective, arbitrary logic. The store only holds meaning as an entity that has severed its connection with empirical reality. It appears a hallucination of a store rather than an actual store. Every-thing becomes no-thing and it all finds itself in a rare sort of limbo.

It is from this point of departure that Emil Keller Skousen for the past few months has been working around EVERY-THING - inter alia by the means of drawing, writing and a presentation- event at the shop EVERY-THING in Vojens, Southern Jutland in Denmark.

In Rom8 Keller Skousen will present a series of new works within different media including drawing, photo, text, objects and textile work. They are results of this process and in one way or other all reflect on and interpret EVERY-THING and the course of P. Skousen's life.

Emil Keller Skousen earned his bachelor of Fine Arts from Department of Fine Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2013. The current exhibition is produced as part of the one year residency at Bergen Academy of Art and Design's studio at USF Verftet, which he was granted for the year 2013/14 after completing his bachelor education.

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday 12-18, or according agreement at 46 23 81 65.

Published: 4/9/2014 by Cecilia Gelin Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin