Space Meter
by Eske Rex

A string stretched by magnetic force between two walls. Floating and seemingly overruling gravity.



Space Meter is an instrument that spans and measures the space between two walls in a room. The key to this project lies in the in-between. Both the immediate space between the two exhibition walls. And a more subtle in-between-space that occur in a magnetic field. A string is stretched by magnetic force, but is at the same time held back by its length – precisely so that the magnet and the wall do not to touch each other. At the end of the string is a turned wood funnel. The funnel ‘floats’ in space a few millimetres from the opposite wall. This creates an intense field of tension where gravity seems overruled. The work springs from Eske Rex’ exploration of the ability of magnets to float, carried by their own pull. The work was created at the Danish Art Workshops.

Eske Rex’ projects spring from a fascination of a natural phenomenon. His works often have a dynamic character that interacts with the surrounding space. They are characterized by being playful interventions, which examine various factors like time, force, gravity and their spatial potential. His primary materials are wood and metal in which he designs and constructs installations. In his work he aims for simplicity and logic. This combined with an external force, is key to the works. For example the movement of pendulums, contraction, pressure or magnetic pull.

Eske Rex has exhibited in both art and design contexts, including the Danish Artists’ Autumn Exhibition in 2010, the Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg in 2010 and The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 2009. In 2010, Eske Rex received the Danish Arts Foundation’s working grant and took part in the exhibition ‘Designers Investigating’ in Øksnehallen, which won an award from the Danish Arts Foundation. In 2011, he took part in MINDCRAFT11 in Milan and exhibited at the Triennale Design Museum, also in Milan.

Eske Rex, b. 1977, designer. Graduated from the Danish Design School (now The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design) in 2008.

Space Meter - by Eske Rex
Photo credit: 2017 © Danish Crafts / jeppegudmundsen.com

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