ISP Resident Artist Presentation:
Date: Wednesday, 7 May, 2008
ISP Oslo Studio 4
About the Artist and His Talk
London-based artist Enrico David will present an overview of his production and work, which explores the creative intellect, sexual identity, cultural inheritence, and the meaning of art objects by integrating mechanisms of irony and dark humour. By employing a conscious strategy of disjuncture, incoherence, and an overall stream of consciousness, David endows thoughts, such as "meaning is welded to understanding, yet understanding has been blown loose from creativity," with sculptural composition. David's recent critically-acclaimed solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London was described by OCA's Director Marta Kuzma in Artforum's Best of 2007: "Reflecting on the tireless efforts of artists of late to merge art with the historical traditions of theater in all too often disharmonious and disingenuous combinations of Beckett, Brecht, and Cage, David's recent exhibition divided into three acts — 'Corrupt and Crooked,' 'Molten Brown Nylon,' and 'Ultra Paste.' Motivated by a kind of unmediated pleasure principle, the artist transposed his obsession with treating 'people as objects' and his abject perversions like 'rubbing himself against the effigy of trustworthiness' into meticulously rendered illustrations, assemblages, and room-size installations."
International Studio Programme Oslo
International artists are invited by OCA to the International Studio Programme Oslo for a stay from two weeks up to six months, independently or in connection with exhibitions or other collaborations in Norway. The programme comprises four studios located in the city centre of Oslo.
Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in fall 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 profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.
This artist talk will be the last public event at the OCA ISP studios in Wergelandsveien. OCA relocates its offices and International Studios to Nedre gate 7 in Grünerløkka this summer. We look forward to seeing you at our new space!