The complex relationship between image and reality has long been one of the most important topics in art.
In this exhibition, the National Museum shows works from the last four decades by close to forty prominent artists. Using a variety of approaches, they all address the surfeit of images we see all around us.
The visual deluge that supposedly represents our lives, our times, our world. News clips, holiday snaps, flickers from the depths of the internet. A fragmented intermediate world, half illusion, half reality. Excerpts and selections. And in the midst of it all: glimpses of truth. Images with the power to change the world.
The large-scale abstract paintings of Fredrik Værslev confront established conventions, definitions and limitations within the medium of painting. Using both traditional and industrial materials and techniques he creates compositions that draw influence from diverse sources including Abstract and Minimialist painting and graphic design. His exhibition at Bonner Kunstverein will present a series of new works that are co-commissioned with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Fondazione Giuliani, Rome.
The Norwegian artist Fredrik Værslev (*1979, lives in Drammen/No) has impressed the art public with his extensive painterly practice that is both precisely planned as well as on the lookout for coincidence. He exposes his works to the weather, for example, hangs canvases on a tree for months or integrates the painting styles of colleagues, offering them wooden panels to paint on. His paintings exemplify conceptual strategies that question painting processes but also preserve the beauty of the works. Vaersley is showing new pieces of art at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen: the artist cuts up previously worked canvases and meticulously sews them together again, experimenting with forms, colour combinations and picture media as well as exhibition possibilities. The result is a surprisingly painterly installation between abstraction and the haptic reality of materials in which canvases take on the dynamics of a sailing regatta.