Monday, 19 April 2010

NAUSEA


My next show which I've decided to name "NAUSEA" is an installation with drawings, sound, film and postcards.
Formalisticly it looks upon how movement can be materialized in 2D, on paper. The drawing of a boat's repetitive vertical movement on heavy seas seeks to be a score of movement.
Etymological speaking the English word nausea is directly linked towards seasickness as it derives from the Greek word naus meaning ship.
Linked to surrealist automatic writing, the drawings are produced directly from looking at videos from YouTube which shows vessels at sea in bad weather. The drawings carries the name of the videos.
The format of the postcards is more or less a nostalgic view on the traditional rites one does while traveling -you go away to exotic and new places and write home about your experiences and new knowledge.
In Jean-Paul Sartre's debut novel "La Nausée"/"Nausea" the main character, Antoine Roquentin, is rebelling and gets nauseated by the thought of being pushed into the secure and socially accepted life form. He clearly wants something more in life than to honour objective values of the bourgeoisie.
Only one generation ago, sailors were the ones to break with the expectations of society and headed towards the big blue to experience something else and to explore exotic places.

"NAUSEA" opens May 6th, 18.00 at Galleri 21:24 in Oslo.
Opening hours are Friday May 7th -Sunday May 9th 12.00 -16.00.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Trying to civilize nature

John Baldessari's videowork ”Teaching a Plant the Alphabet” (1972) in which is basically a response to Joseph Beuys' "How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare", shows in a quite ironic manner flash cards being shown to a common houseplant. The flash cards holds the alphabet, one letter at a time, while the person pronounce the letter several times before changing to the next card. The clip underneath is a really short one (A and B), but there's no need to watch the whole thing, thus the idea is understood quite instantly.

video

As before discussed on the post Drawing and handwriting this is yet another attempt, or actually the quite opposite, to civilize nature with the abstract construct of language. The abstract expressionists embraced the primitive nature of monkey paintings while the plant in Baldessari's video is tried, though with the ironic tone of failure, forced into civilization by the artificial system of signs.