Take a Day for Yourself!
Mads Lynnerup has long been interested in the everyday. Now the Brooklyn-based Danish artist, whose last installation was devoted to routines, explores what happens when people depart from those routines, or even disrupt them. In Take a Day for Yourself, Lynnerup enlists random members of the Troy and RPI communities to do just that: take the day for themselves. Whatever happens next is up to them. The rich and inventive uses Lynnerup’s subjects make of the ensuing 12 hours of stolen time are shown on short videos and oversized posters that together make up a whimsical visual guide to taking a day off in Troy—or anywhere else—and to gently subverting some of the fundamental expectations of our society.
Mads Lynnerup’s work incorporates video, printmaking, sculpture and performance in an ongoing investigation of phenomena that most of us take for granted. His subjects have included the anti-terrorist posters on the New York subways (If You See Anything Interesting, Please Let Someone Know Immediately) and the daily routines of residents of a Copenhagen neighborhood (Routines). He has shown his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, P.S. 1 in New York, and Warsaw’s Zacheta National Gallery of Art, and is represented in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art, the Miami Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Modern Art.