Lights On – Norsk Samtidskunst

Following on from my last post I am reminded of an exhibition I visited of Norwegian Contemporary art in Oslo at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. A lot of the work seemed to focus on the political with very mixed results.

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You can read my full review of the exhibition here but I wanted to draw peoples attention to one of the pieces in the show Some Remarks on Discardedness by Stian Ådlandsvik. This piece was a reconstruction of a working slide machine made out of wood and as a visual image I can’t seem to shake it from my mind weeks after seeing it.

Although small and unassuming this sculpture encapsulated much about our throw away society without cynicism. And not only that the image of the slide machine, which is so central to art and art history, says a lot for arts role in the current political situation.

Art, artists and art institutions do not stand outside the world we are a part of it, no matter how much we like to pretend we are on the outside looking in.

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