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Progressive Entrapment

Øystein Wyller Odden

Åpning: 30. mars, 19:00

Åpent: 31. mars og 1. april, 12:00 – 16:00

Øystein Wyller Odden skaper scenarier hvor undersøkelse av magiske og symbolske egenskaper ved fenomener er mulig, samtidig som det hele foregår på en svært rasjonell måte gjennom å vise frem rammene som skaper opplevelsen. Maskinene han bruker danner en evigforandrende lyd- og bildekomposisjon basert på tilfeldighetsprinsipper og enkel automasjon. Det institusjonelle rammeverket, rammene for kunstproduksjonen eller rammene for selve persepsjonen avsløres, gjerne ved å gjøre virkemidlene så små, få og tydelige at verket til en hver tid står i fare for å gå i oppløsning mens virkemidlene holder funksjonen i gang.

Kontrollen over maskinene er i Wyller Oddens praksis overlatt til enkle tilfeldighetsprinsipper, noe som gjør at installasjonene alltid er i konstant forandring. Slik kan det oppstå en situasjon der publikum projiserer liv og menneskelige egenskaper inn i elementene i arbeidet, samtidig som de er klar over at det er nettopp dette som skjer.

Øystein Wyller Odden (f. 1983, Notodden) er utdannet ved Statens Kunstakademi i Oslo (2009), og bor og arbeider i Oslo. Wyller Odden arbeider hovedsaklig med objekter og installasjoner, ofte med vekt på lyd og musikk. Tidligere har han hatt separatutstillinger på Fotogalleriet (Oslo) og Kurant Visningsrom (Tromsø), og deltatt på gruppeutstillinger blant annet på Galleri Rekord (Oslo), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Ciant Gallery (Praha), Supermarket Art Fair (Stockholm) og Høstutstillingen (Oslo).

Utstillingen er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd

www.wyllerodden.com

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Lö Grån Blö

Ida Lennartsson

Opening Friday March 16th, 7pm

Open: March 17th – 18th, 12:00 – 16:00

First, oil paint was mixed to emulate the colors reflected on the water surface. The paint was then poured onto that same surface directly off the boat or shore. Being oil, it wouldn’t dissolve but instead formed a thin, translucent film over the surface. Then paper sheets were placed on top of these spills and allowed to soak up the colors. The resulting «prints» then left to dry. The most striking thing about this ephemeral printing-technique is the way it mirrors the ocean’s surface with an almost Trompe l’oeil accuracy. This unmediated transposing of surface, via the oil color onto the paper, is the ocean painting itself.

This mirroring (painting/printing) of what is itself a sort of primeval mirror (the ocean), is interesting in the context of subjecthood: Lennartsson of course instigates and gives form to the process by making the necessary preparations, mixing colors etc., but she is not in any significant way involved in the actual mark making. The ocean does the work, like a hired assistant. Here, by dissociating from the interpretative function involved in conveying sensory input, the subject sets up the process of mimesis as an automatism. She, supine – with sheets of paper floating around her little boat, becoming images – is an image also, the image of leisure.

The unsublimated subject, who results from leisure, enjoys an emotive connection to the world rather than one premised on productivity or skill. The choices made, what to do and where to do it, are made based on how they resonate with this emotional chore. The choice of location is not motivated by traits residing in the places themselves, the ocean behaving more or less the same where ever you go, but by their mnemonic significance in the artist’s biography. The specificity of these places is contrasted with the generic image of water that she brings back. These images of the sea shows imaging is incapable of capturing anything other than what is ultimately vacuous and abstract. The dissolving properties of water can also work on the self, which is what is indirectly proposed here: the subject has been erased from the surface of the work.

Ida Lennartsson has her BFA degree from the National Academy of the Art in Oslo and is currently an MFA student at Hochschule für bildende künste in Hamburg. Solo shows by Lennartsson include Hiding behind the horizon at Ringstube, Mainz, Sleep in a waking state of awakening at Galleri LundÅstrand, Stockholm, Dear unheimlich helmet (with Angela Anzi) at Foto Folgendes, Hamburg and Singular Identity at One Night Only, UKS, Oslo. She has also shown work at Friends and lovers in underground, Hamburg, Brunnenstraße 54, Berlin, Sjokoladefabrikken, Oslo and the National Museum of Art, Oslo.

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