One group of works will be integrated into Bergen Kunsthall’s modernist gallery spaces as a meticulously planned architectural installation of painted canvases. For the other, Værslev will collaborate with several international artists, including Matias Faldbakken, Stewart Uoo, Josh Smith and Allison Katz, on his ongoing series of ‘shelf-paintings’.
The exhibition will travel to Le Consortium in Dijon, France, 18 November 2016 – 19 February 2017, where the same works will be re-presented and reconfigured in response to the very different exhibition architecture there. In this way the two exhibitions can be seen as chapters in an overall project in which Værslev explores the capacity of the work to define or engage in dialogue with well known, almost iconic exhibition spaces, as well as the long, ongoing and various histories of ‘painting’ itself.
Fredrik Værslev (b. 1979) lives and works at Vestfossen and in Drammen.
Anne Pontégnie is a curator and art critic living in Brussels. She is co-director of Le Consortium in Dijon and curator of Cranford Collection in London.