Catalogue Lights On – Norwegian Contemporary Art

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Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition LIGHTS ON - Norwegian Contemporary Art (01.12. – 03.23.2008).

After Astrup Fearnley Museum first directed its attention towards up and coming American artists, through the exhibition Uncertain States of America (2005), and thereafter devoted an exhibition to some of the youngest Chinese contemporary artists, the time came to look at things closer to home and to put together a presentation of Norwegian contemporary art.
Through the last decade we witnessed a steadily increasing globalization of contemporary art. Artists throughout the world focused on research problems with similar contents, forms and artistic languages, even if not exactly the same. Norwegian artists were acknowledged as being part of a larger artistic milieu – a milieu in which they, with increasing enthusiasm, became more visible and active participants.
Young Norwegian contemporary artists, most with an impressive academic education, seemed more concerned with object-based rather than process-oriented art. Most worked from post-conceptual premises and realized their artistic ideas through sculptures, architecture/installations, videos, sound works, photographs and paintings. Most artists in this exhibition worked with a narrative pictorial language, often including text references and pictograms firmly rooted in everyday memories and popular culture. Some reflected over the appropriation of pictures, objects and art-historical references, others focused on perception and the physicality of objects. Another tendency was to explore the metaphysical and mystical realm. Yet in spite of the copious variety and forms of expression, in almost all the artist one found a critical closeness to society and a will to create meaningful, socially relevant art.

Participating artists: Jesper Alvær/Isabela Grosseová, Thora Dolven Balke, Siri Berqvam, Kyrre Bjørkås/Rune Andreassen, Ole Martin Lund Bø, Bjørn Båsen, Jan Christensen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Ida Ekblad, Jan Hakon Erichsen, Matias Faldbakken, Jan Freuchen, Ivan Galuzin, Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir, Ane Mette Hol, Håvard Homstvedt, Lars Kjemphol/Espen Henningsen, Maren Juell Kristensen, Hjørdis Kurås, Ingvild Langgård, Jørgen Craig Lello/Tobias Arnell, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Martin Skauen, Eirin Støen, Stian Ådlandsvik and Øystein Aasan.
This catalogue presents the exhibition through texts and pictures. These include ‘artist statements’ and articles written by young Norwegian artists, curators and critics: Power Ekroth, Erlend Hammer, Trude Iversen, Kjetil Røed, Leif Magne Tangen and Line Ulekleiv. In addition to these authors, we present a general overview of ‘how young Norwegian artists survive’: Ingrid Pettersen elucidates the intricacies of stipends, aid schemes and subsidies in relation to young Norwegian contemporary artists, and Ida Sannes Hansen presents an overview of Norwegian contemporary art and the commercial galleries involved in it.

Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland and Grete Årbu
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Skira Editore; 01 edition (23 Feb. 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8861307922
ISBN-13: 978-8861307926
Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.5 x 24 cm