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Bergen Assembly is a triennial for artistic production and research. In 2016 Bergen Assembly presents a programme following three, differently timed curatorial propositions by Tarek Atoui, freethought, and PRAXES. Within this context, PRAXES presents a year of episodic events and exhibitions focusing on queries propelled by the two unassociated artistic practices of Lynda Benglis and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. The investigation of Benglis’s work is created in collaboration with numerous Bergen venues and communities – this spring and summer included an early stand-alone installation at KODE Art Museums of Bergen, a ceramics survey and conference at Bergen School of Architecture, a larger series of new paper sculptures at Kunstgarasjen, and three early video works at Entrée – while the exhibition Adhesive Products is the first to also include works by other artists.
Tracing ideas of suspended fluidity and mushrooming masses sliding off the walls and spilling over the floors, PRAXES and Bergen Kunsthall present a group show with works by Nairy Baghramian, Olga Balema, Lynda Benglis, Daiga Grantina, Sterling Ruby and Kaari Upson. Departing from ‘the frozen gesture’, a term coined by art critic Robert Pincus-Witten in connection to the early works of Lynda Benglis, this exhibition trails not only a liquid materiality, but a wide range of gestural action that is unafraid of the theatrical, the decorative, the vulgar.