On Friday 14 October, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard is opening the exhibition vertical on my own, with entirely new works by one of Norway’s best-known contemporary artists, A K Dolven.
The exhibition will be presented in the gallery’s three large exhibition rooms, where the artist is exhibiting a large video installation, a number of small, minimalist paintings with the series title change my way of seeing, and the sound installation seven voices which openly relates to the tragedy at Utøya this summer.
The video installation with the exhibition title vertical on my own is projected onto one of the gallery’s large walls, where two vertical shadows alternately approach and move away from each other against a background of cold, crystallized snow. The soundtrack makes a simultaneously disturbing and humorous contribution to the work.
In addition to the new works in the three large rooms, the artist has also appropriated the gallery’s rear hallway for the video work self portrait, Berlin February 1989 Lofoten August 2009. The work consists of a recording in which the artist, at an interval of 20 years, has filmed her own body, firstly from a balcony overlooking the former GDR in Berlin in 1989, and in Lofoten on a midsummer’s night 20 years later.
AK Dolven tends to downplay her own interpretations of and intentions with the works themselves, and places great emphasis on the viewer’s own subjective experience and physical presence: “My work circles around how to find balance in life. Balance both personally, politically and socially. I use all kinds of tools in this process; Sound, film, painting, large site-specific installations as well as drawing and printing. The passing of time and age is another material. I believe that the importance of art can only come to life between the work itself and an onlooker. I consider growing up with art wherever you live to be a right and no luxury.”
vertical on my own is A K Dolven’s third solo exhibition at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, which held its first exhibition by her, consisting of oil paintings on metal panels, back in 2002. In Denmark, she is undoubtedly best known for her highly acclaimed exhibition ‘Moving Mountain’ at ARoS in 2005, in which, with references to art history through film, video, installation and painting, she illuminated the relationship between woman and landscape.
A K Dolven was born in 1953 and lives and works in London and Lofoten. She is also a professor at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. A K Dolven’s works are represented in many public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, KIASMA in Helsinki, Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Tate Modern in London.
The opening reception will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday 14 October
A K Dolven will be present at the opening. On the opening day a catalogue will be published with reproductions of the works, together with a text by the British curator and PhD in experimental film and video art, Max Zoller.
The exhibition A K Dolven − vertical on my own can be seen at Gallery Bo Bjerggaard until 17 December. The gallery’s next exhibition will be Adam Adach − Cease-fire, which will open on 28 October.