19 July 2012

The Archaeology of Art- Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium

White Spirit by Till Gerhard
The Archaeology of Art is the 2012 exhibition at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium(Art Laboratory). 33 artists have been carefully chosen amongst the Jack Helgesen Family Collection. A wide variety of artists and media are displayed over four stories in the charming old paper factory. 

Panic by Tom Allen

Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium's vision is to make contemporary art available for everyone and not just for the elite. You don't have to have an art degree to understand and appreciate art. It's not about what the artist thought in the making, but what the spectator makes of it.   

Monochrome #1 by Morten Viskum
The exhibition's most provocative painter is Norwegian Morten Viskum. His large canvas covered in silver paint is plain uncomfortable. Instead of a brush Viskum uses a hand from a corpse to paint. Watching Viskum's art is like watching a train wreck, I don't want to watch it but it's hard not to.

The Wig by Till Gerhard
Till Gerhard confronts mass suggestion and our need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves in The White Spirit and The Wig. His paintings portray different communities within certain frames, such as religious celebrations or cultural traditions. Even though the palette is delightfully colourful it's transparent that Gerhard has an apprehensive and ironic approach to the event played out.

Death Waits Impatiently Co-starring Clive Banks by Nicole Eisenman
Nicole Eisenman's surreal pieces have elements from American pop culture, and make a mockery out of the glorified Hollywood facade.

The Stairway to heaven by Nicola Verlato
The Archaeology of Art is an exploration of art history, connecting contemporary art with art through the ages. Italian artist Nicola Verlato combines contemporary pop surrealistic elements and  principles of the baroque period in his engaging paintings. In The Stairway to heaven it might seem like the characters are falling out of the setting and that you, the spectator, is right in the middle of it. 

If you're hungry after an intense session of art interpreting, CafĂ© Cellulose by the gallery entrance has great food. 
Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium is open every day until 7th. October.

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