27 October 2011 - 5 February 2012
Man and machine
”Man / Machine” is the main theme for this years` Norwegian Sculpture Biennial. The theme refers to a current trend in Norwegian contemporary art, among established artists as well as the new generation.
The Biennial includes 29 artists, expressing themselves in a wide range of three dimensional styles. The Art works can be associated with diverse subject matter, such as industry, science fiction, computer technology and technical discoveries in general. A central issue has been to compare similarities in industrial and artistic working processes.
Art History offer a variety on views regarding the relationship between human beings and machinery. Presently, Futurism from the beginning of the twentieth century receives much attention in the Art world. The Futurists were the first group of artists who included industrial elements in their works. Devoid of everyday usefulness, machinery were being presented in a new context. Another early modernist trend, kinetic sculpture, are also being regarded as an important source of inspiration today. Kinetic sculpture describes how mechanical structures can generate movement, often supported by a soundtrack.
In addition to the early stages of modernism, contemporary sculpture are related to science fiction, biological science, computer technology and changes within the post industrial society. The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2011 attempt to show how artists, in different ways, focus on these connections.
KARI ANNE HELLEBERG BAHRI • JAVIER BARRIOS • RODDY BELL • ESPEN DIETRICHSON • MARTE EKNÆS • THOMAS FALSTAD • GLEN FARLEY • JON GUNDERSEN • REINHARD HAVERKAMP • AKSEL HØGENHAUG • MICHAEL JOHANSSON • OLA JONSRUD • JØRGEN CRAIG LELLO • TOBIAS ARNELL • ISTVAN LISZTES • HANNA LJUNGH • SUSANNE KATHLEN MADER • PIERRE LIONEL MATTE • ATLE SELNES NIELSEN • JOHANNES VEMREN RYGH • KRISTINE ROALD SANDØY • BENTE SOMMERFELDT COLBERG • ANNA DANIELL • SVERRE STRANDBERG • ØYVIND SUUL • KJELL VARVIN • ÅNOND VERSTO • SVERRE WYLLER • NILS AASLAND