News : 2012/12

2012/12/20

December 2012 Newsletter

With the final newsletter of 2012, OCA extends its warmest wishes for the holiday season and the very best for the year 2013. Our office and project space is closed from 22 December to 2 January 2013.

2012/12/12

Matias Faldbakken at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

Installation of Matias Faldbakken's WAVE WAVE, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, December 2012.

Matias Faldbakken: PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION

Curated by Marta Kuzma

15 December 2012–3 March 2013
Press Preview: Friday 14 December / 18:00
Opening Reception: Friday 14 December / 20:00

WIELS Contemporary Art Centre
Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
1190 Brussels

www.wiels.org

PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION, an exhibition organised and initiated by OCA in Spring 2012, opens at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium on Friday 14 December. This exhibition, originally curated by OCA's Director Marta Kuzma, reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in transforming the existing languages of form that emerge from particular periods in modernism. For this project, Faldbakken has sourced iconic sculptures created in the 20th century to carry out condoned acts of vandalism. Essentially, Faldbakken transforms modernist sculpture’s aspirations toward the aerodynamically abstract and the utopially minimal by converting iconic works of ‘art’ into vessels for intoxication. At every level of his practice as artist and writer, Faldbakken displaces and reconfigures cultural signifiers in order to create a field of agitated idleness. He imposes a turbulence on the original sequences of reading and interpretation, thus underscoring the eradication of cause and effect by heightening the symptoms of an alienated and self-obsessed society.

The title of the project draws from the work of the Norwegian sculptor Arnold Haukeland, Portrait of a Generation (1969–70), originally exhibited within the Venice Biennale in 1970. Faldbakken doubles the title as a way of abstracting or obscuring the text by repeating the same information. According to the artist, ‘It falls in line with my absenting, editing, censoring aspects and fragments of original sequences, a stuttering of the original meaning. It also reflects my interest in seriality as a critical and artistic device’.

Matias Faldbakken's work around 'bureaucratic vandalism' aims at altering the original material in order to arrive to a new meaning. This process of deconstruction as a seemingly destructive gesture seeks for a process of rehabilitation and perhaps even of regeneration of meaning. In the words of Arnold Haukeland, ‘to fill up forms with new content’. Faldbakken refers to iconic sculptures that have a personal relation to the artist’s own notion of art history as relevant to his native Norway.

For press inquiries and more information on the exhibition, please contact Micha Pycke, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre’s Press & Communications Officer.

About the artist
Matias Faldbakken (b.1973, Hobro, Denmark, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has exhibited widely internationally and within Norway. His recent solo exhibitions include The Power Station, Dallas, TX, USA; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Belgium; Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland and The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo. He participated in the Nordic Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy in 2005 and dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012. As an author, his publications include Search (2011), Unfun (2008), Snort Stories (2006), Cold Product (2006), Macht und Rebel (2002) and The Cocka Hola Company (2001). Faldbakken received his education from the Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Office for Contemporary Art Norway 


The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

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2012/12/11

Leander Djønne Open Studio at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica

Leander Djønne, live and let die; sovereignties or territorial organization, The Swedish Institute in Paris, 2010. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

Leander Djønne Film Screenings
and Artist Talk
Friday, 14 December / 18:00–21:00

18th Street Arts Center, Studio 3
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
USA

18thstreet.org

As part of his three-month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center, artist Leander Djønne holds an open studio and artist talk on Friday, 14 December at 19:00. Djønne is investigating the relations of politics, history and knowledge production through multiple media such as film, video, text, performance, installation, photography and teaching. To this aim, he employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as film, poetry, theatre, linguistics and journalism. At the open studio the artist plans to present the projects developed during his residency at 18th Street, including a new film featuring the city of Trona in southwestern Death Valley alongside several European cities, which holds the working title Symbols of Denial. In addition the artist will screen his two films Magnified to Zero (2009), which was shot deep inside mountain caverns on the west coast of Norway containing contaminated waste from a nearby factory, and Internal Displacement (2009), shot on locations in Odda and Ullensvang, Norway.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Sara Schnadt, 18th Street Arts Center's Director of Communications and Outreach.

About the artist
Leander Djønne (b.1981 in Odda, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) is a sculptor, performer, writer and filmmaker. He was educated at the Art Academies in Oslo and Bergen (Norway), Malmö (Sweden) and at the Staedelschüle, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Djønne has had solo exhibitions at UKS (Oslo); Gallery Rekord (Oslo); Landings (Vestfossen, Norway) and EL Parche Residency Gallery (Bogotá, Colombia). He has taken part in group exhibitions at CCS Paris (Paris, France); Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo); Al Mahatta Gallery (Ramallah, Palestine); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo); 0047 (Oslo), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockhom, Sweden); Documenta 12 (Kassel, Germany) and Hannover Kunstverein (Hannover, Germany) among others. He is one of the founders of the collaborative project The Parallel Action and the artist-run initiative Dortmund Bodega in Oslo.

About OCA’s artist's residency at 18th Street Art Center
Leander Djønne holds a fellowship from OCA as part of its studio residency at the International Artists in Residency programme at 18th Street Art Center in the Santa Monica neighbourhood in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Founded in 1988, 18th Street Art Center is a community-based, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organisation housed on a campus of buildings, which includes artists' studios, exhibition spaces, an artist residency programme and other resident organisations, such as a performance space, a film/video production facility and Otis College of Art & Design's MFA programme in Public Practice, among others. Through 18th Street's exhibitions, workshops and festivals, the organisation encourages and supports the creation of experimental contemporary art, and fosters collaboration and interaction between artists and arts organisations locally, nationally and internationally. OCA's next application deadline for this programme is 1 May 2013.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

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