Leif Elggren - Motor For An Unknown Vehicle (Opening Of The Grave) // ARTIST EDITION (Fragment Factory) fragment factory

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Special artist edition of 20 numbered copies in white gatefold sleeve.

Each copy is unique and individually designed by the artist. In addition to the standard inlay (a replica of »The Opening of the Grave« drypoint engraving by LE from 1978), this edition contains five extra items in a transparent A4 size polysleeve: Two prints, one unique hand-stamped sheet and two postcards. The back of the cover and both inside pages of the gatefold sleeve are hand-drawn, with different motifs on each copy, all signed and numbered by LE.

"Motor" is the second part in a trilogy, preceded by "Das Baank" (Fragment Factory/Rekem Records) in 2016. The Motor started a long time ago with small basic fragments used for different steps (phases) like installations and performances. Those fragments were put together over the years into a longer piece presented on this LP. Motor is now a 32 minutes long continuous piece of sounding matter. Autonomous and free in itself. Like an homunculus it can now leave its birthplace and head for the future, for something else. The initiative (the basic source) was taken already in April 1949, as an inevitable starting point.

Leif Elggren is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm. Active since the late 1970s, he is a writer, visual artist, stage performer and composer. He has many sound-works to his credit, both solo and with the Sons of God (with Kent Tankred), on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and Firework Edition Records (which he co-runs with Kent Tankred). His music usually presents carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can range from quiet electronics to harsh noise. His wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and events taking on the quality of icons.
Together with artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, he is a founder of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV) where he enjoys the title of king.