BLOKK Presents

Marko Schiefelbein
Retail Therapy
20. november – 29. november, 2015


Marko Schiefelbein er billedkunstner bosatt i Berlin. Han har de siste årene utforsket reklamebransjens formspråk og fremmedgjøringen denne fører med seg gjennom en serie videoarbeider. Vi blir presentert for ulike karakterer som fremfører monologer av varierende lengde, gjerne med blikket festet rett mot kamera. Utstillingen henter tittelen sin fra verket «Retail Therapy»(2015), en serie rekonstruksjoner av gamle Kalvin Klein-reklamer, der skuespillerens replikker er byttet ut med setninger fra intervjuer med shoppingavhengige. I arbeidet «FREEDOM TO MOVE»(2013) beskriver den navnløse hovedpersonen handlingsforløpet i en reklamefilm som om det var selvopplevd, og i «I can. You can»(2012) er alle replikkene hentet direkte fra diverse reklamekampanjer.
Etterhvert som de polerte figurenes monologer skrider frem blir den litt ubehagelige undertonen i arbeidene stadig tydeligere.

www.markoschiefelbein.com

Espen Justdal.
Apokalypse Nånn Ståpp 3
- Et kaotisk, skeivt og shabby epos fra en by der sola aldri skinner
9. oktober – 19. oktober, 2015

Espen Justdal(f.1969) bor og arbeider i Oslo, og er utdannet ved animasjonslinjen ved Høgskolen i Volda, Nordland Kunst og Filmskole og Kunstakademiet i Tromsø.
Han liker etter eget utsagn «å bygge, installasjon, cool-lage, spray og sjablong, stop-motion animasjon, multi events og meir…». Han er også interessert selvinitsierte prosjekter, blant annet drift av kulturkiosk og gategallerivogn.
Av nyere utstillinger kan nevnes «Apokalypse Nånn Ståpp» på Prosjektrom Carl Berner, Oslo i 2014, Arti Kunstfestival(med Vivre Ensemble), Senja i 2013 og sommerutstillingen til Hadsel Kunstforening i 2012.
På BLOKK vil han vise stop-motion/videoinstallasjonen «Apokalypse Nånn Ståpp 3 – Et kaotisk, skeivt og shabby epos fra en by der sola aldri skinner.»

Rina Charlott Lindgren
Nattsyn
1. May – 10. May, 2015

Rina Charlott Lindgren (født 1983 i Tromsø) ble uteksaminert med Master fra Kunstakademiet i Trondheim i 2011. Hun har også hatt studieopphold ved Listahaskolinn i Reykjavik. Dette er Lindgrens andre soloutstilling. Tidligere har hun deltatt på flere gruppeutstillinger – blant annet på Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Høstutstillingen, Unge Kunstneres Samfunn, og for øyeblikket på Galleri Haaken. Hun er i tillegg innkjøpt av Troms Fylkeskommune, Sparebank-1 Nord-Norges kunststiftelse og Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum.
Hun bor og arbeider for tiden i Brussel og Lofoten.
Hennes arbeider preges av tradisjonelt akademisk håndverk i nitide tegninger, men har også innslag av det mer eksperimentelle. Ved å kombinere tegning med collage, funne gjenstander og skulpturelle elementer skaper hun arbeider som ligger i grenselandet mellom tegning, skulptur og installasjon. Arbeidene hennes har en gotisk resonans og fremstiller gjerne motiver som springer ut fra kunsthistorien, tidlige beskrivelser av nordområdene, og egne erfaringer.
De besitter ofte en melankolsk, ettertenksom stemning og reflekterer rundt universelle temaer som tid, rom, reiser, naturen og dens sårbarhet.
I utstillingen “Nattsyn” kan man se abstraksjoner over landskaper og rom. Arbeidene springer ut av det figurative, men forenklinger, abstraksjoner og uttrykk som sklir inn i hverandre, gjør at hovedvekten ligger i samspillet. Hva og hvor man ser blir da opp til den enkelte.

Utstillingen er produsert på Nordisk Kunstnersenter, og er støttet av Norsk Kulturråd, Bergen Kommune og Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond

 

Erlend Grytbakk Wold
Secondhand Daylight
20. March – 29. March, 2015

The pared-back Donald Judd-inspired interiors and the maple-and-concrete palette of the walls create a smart but homely feel for the patrons patiently awaiting.
As a lamp gets lit, she moves closer.

We sit in silence, knowing this moment to be a point in time that has been had.
-I can’t seem to get a grip of the situation.
Uncertain hands twiddling idly. Grand ideas and grander ideals, the same size as our hands but beyond our grasp.

We both slightly shift positions to keep our asses from going numb from the hard laminated wood bench. As I study the shapes mirrored in the glass of the window, the reflection from the hood of a passing Tesla hits me.
-If only you could be the same as before.
Looking up where I expect to see your face, all is light.

Erlend Grytbakk Wold (b. 1986), lives and works in Oslo. Wold studied at the Oslo Art Academy and Malmö Art Academy. Upcoming exhibitions include a group show at Galleri Arnstedt, Sweden, and a solo show at LNM, Oslo.

 

Stine Omar and Max Boss
Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me
31. October – 9. November, 2014

Stine Omar and Max Boss are Berlin based artists creating under the name of Easterjesus Productions in the fields of video art and pop music. At BLOKK they will show their 2014 serial drama Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me surrounded by new works in relation to the Sadness.
Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me premiered in September 2014 in Berlin and since then has been screened at MoMA PS1, NYC and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/AMtY7vR2sWg
Info: http://imdb.com/title/tt4028196
More info about their work as pop duo EASTER can be found on http://easterjesus.com/

The synchronization of EASTER’s work as both musicians and artists, blurs and questions the boundaries between artists’ video works and traditional music videos.

“The inherent reflection of the traditional music video as itself and the blending of genres which nourish their visual canvas, make their work an exercise of postmodernism and an aesthetic innovation at the same time. There are traces of an intricate compound of heterogeneous elements in their videos, such as pop symbolism, surrealistic films, American drama series, advertisements, performance or contemporary dance. The human body works simultaneously as vehicle of their music and as a sensual narcissistic and ambiguous way of seduction.” David Armengou

BLOKK wishes to thank BEK and Norsk Kulturråd

 

Pallas Citroen
The Universal Storage Solution Part 1
19. September – 28. September, 2014

Pallas Citroen is a British multimedia artist who lives and works in London.

Sculpture and Installation are her main areas of production; however she also works with video and painting, and is currently concerned on the combining of these strands to create a multi-faceted surface.
A predominant theme running through her work is an exploration of the façade, and how the surface can be transposes into a visual language, itself to be explored. Within this, she is also interested in the relationship between the seduction of the surface and an underlying inherent state of abjection, revealing a duality of meaning as well as the dimension of insecurity within the phenomena of original seduction.

The fold, the drape and the mirror are surface devices she utilises to create layers of image and subterfuge. Mirroring and draping have mythological implications for her that work on a conceptual as well as optical level.
She is currently working on a series of works entitled “The Universal Storage Solution” Each work is to be an examination of how implication of an infinite universe is impossible to understand in any physical sense.
Depending on ones perspective, it can be the size of a pin or too vast to imagine. Part one of this series “The Universal Storage System” is an installation echoing this theme; running along the middle of the gallery we see a long line of chairs in the manner of the child’s party game “Musical Chairs “whereby each chair faces the opposite direction from the one before it. At each end of the line of chairs is a large mirror, thus giving the impression of an infinite game of musical chairs running on forever. Musical Chairs is a game that can be seen to represent the game of life itself, cruelly it starts with many players and end up with only one, the fastest or the strongest or the most conniving.
Positioned in the corner of the gallery is an old record player and a tiny clay model of Stonehenge, this ancient Druid monument revered and visited by many it has lost its original purpose and become a type of Disneyfied camp for new pagans and tourists alike. In the model we can see the continuation of the equinox forever swirling through time at 33rbm.

BLOKK wishes to thank Norsk Kulturråd


Arne Revheim
30. May – 8. June, 2014

«Eg har malt eit bilde som eg syns er ok. Det er raudt. Eg gjorde det slik: la på raud med ein stor brei pensel, som ei lavering. Så fluffa eg til med nokre kinesiske kalligrafiske naturaktige linjer. Så la eg på nye laveringer med raudt. Så malte eg inn eit par-tre felt med brunlilla som eg la litt svart kontur på. Så la eg inn to rettvinkla stolper i to ulike grønn-variantar. Så tok eg svart tusj og malte opp nokre rette streker side ved side oppe og midt på bildet. Eg la og ein feit kontur på ein av dei brunlilla formene og lot ein lys grønn bore seg ned i dei svarte strøka – det vart ein fin volum-effekt av dette. Eg la på ein raud som var meir mot det blå, ei form som som var som Langbeins øre. Eg la og på ein svart oval som eg dytta på med ein vinballong. Eg jobba til sist oppå dei brunlilla formene med ein tynn mørk blå – litt cartoonaktige volum oppbygginger. Så snudde eg alt 90 grader mot venstre – frå liggande til stående format og så var fanden ta bildet ferdig.»

Arne Revheim(f.1965) er billedkunstner.
Han er også grunnlegger av NBK(Norske Ballkunstnere, landslaget av fotballspillende billedkunstnere), samt styreleder ved Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall.

BLOKK vil takke Norsk Kulturråd for støtte til utstillingen.

 

Mercedes Mühleisen
Lament of fruitless hen
25. April – 4. May, 2014

Mercedes Mühleisen’s works, be it sculpture, installation or video, are often presented in three-dimensional tableaus, or stage sets. A pivotal point in her practice, is the staging of situations that are acted out through their own internal and insisting logics. Mühleisen has exhibited her works at The Turku Biennial (Turku), Five Thousand Generations of Birds (Fitjar), Kunstschlager (Reykjavik) and The Armory Show, New York, among others. Besides being an artist she is the co-founder of the artist run gallery Tidens Krav in Oslo.
Mercedes, born 1983, lives and works in Oslo.

BLOKK wishes to thank Norsk Kulturråd, BEK and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.

www.mercedesmuhleisen.com

 

Unndór Egill Jónsson
It begins with an ending
22. November – 1. December, 2013

«What at first appears to be harmful becomes a beginning for something else. The new is dependent on the disappearance of the former. Finality and evolution weave together strong ties. There is something about love in this system that we live in, as it was not done for it; it should not be there, but it has been demanded. Our ever-changing world is met with conservation and care. Lights blink in the dark.»

Unndór Egill Jónsson lives and works in Reykjavík and Gothenburg.
The last couple of years he’s been exhibiting both in his homeland, Iceland, as well as internationally.

www.unndoregilljonsson.com

 

Nadine Byrne
Stories As An Opposite To Despair
6. October – 15. October, 2013

In Stories As An Opposite To Despair, a solo-exhibition by Swedish artist Nadine Byrne, mythology is broken down to its bare essentials: stories that function as an aid to understanding the incomprehensible and sometimes painful. Trough textile and ceramic sculptures, Byrne showcase an abstract and subtile narrative that is based on personal experiences transformed into mythology.

Nadine Byrne, born 1985 in Stockholm, is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice investigates hidden domains of the human psyche, ritual, and the esthetics of faith. She utilizes this trough film, objects, drawings, sound and textile-works. She is a member of the critically acclaimed duo Ectoplasm Girls (with sister Tanya Byrne). She has exhibited and performed in places like Milano, Rio de Janeiro, Bilbao and Brussels.

www.nadinebyrne.com


 

David Larsson
Our inability to accurately measure time, space and emotions
3. May – 12. May, 2013

David Larsson works with installation, objects and photography. Most of David Larsson´s works in recent years has revolved around an extensive collection of objects and materials. At first glance the collection might appear as random but upon closer scrutiny things become more specific, and you get a feeling that some qualities and materials might be more desirable than others. Looking at David Larsson´s earlier works, you notice that certain things in the collection comes from previous installations and projects. Objects reappear again and again in different shapes and formats, and the meaning of a specific work or an object seems to be under constant renegotiation.

The collection was shown in full for the first time during the spring of 2012 with the installations “Points from where the worlds unfolds” and “My Dwelling Place”.

By continuing to work with the same collection of objects over and over again, while at the same time refusing to claim any specific or stable meaning with the particular objects, David Larsson is questioning both the notion of the artwork as an autonomous and stable entity as well as the possibility for any kind of real authenticity in the relationship between the artwork and the artist. The question of who the person behind the collection really is never get a straight answer and instead it becomes the spectators who has to make up their own stories and decide for themselves what they want to believe.

The exhibition “Our inability to accurately measure time, space and emotions” presented at Blokk displays a selection of objects from the collection. Together with paintings, sculptural works and photographs the relationship between the objects and their value are both emphasized and questioned.

www.davidlarsson.net

 

Kjersti Foyn
Himmel
22. February – 3. March, 2013

Kjersti Foyn works mainly with figurative painting and drawing.

The work for this exhibition stems from a process in which the artist has immersed herself in a spatial exploration of the sky in the painting / drawing, focusing on the cloud and its massive, yet often elapsed presence.
The theme of her work is oriented around proximity and distance in a spatial and emotional aspect.

To quote the artist:

“Through the work I want to approach something that often becomes a backdrop and distant. The fact that something might be something in itself, in that it is “.

Kjersti Foyn (f.1985) has a Bachelors Degree from the Art Academy in Trondheim, and has previously exhibited at Galleri Blunk in Trondheim, and participated in group exhibitions at Bergen Kjøtt(Bergen), Tou Scene, (Stavanger) and Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo ).

www.kjerstifoyn.com