Ina Blom is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, as well as visiting professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago.
Fredrik Værslev – All Around Amateur
Texts by Ina Blom, Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie and Steinar Sekkingstad
Published by Bergen Kunsthall, Le Consortium and Sternberg Press, 2016
This new artist publication, designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio, comes in two different versions, each containing a sequence of 1:1 scale images, scanned directly from the surfaces of eight of Værslev’s new paintings. Each canvas produces a total of 80 scanned images, reproduced in the book left to right, top to bottom. The two versions of the book contain scans of the first four and second four canvases respectively, complementing each other by together comprising the full series of eight paintings, reproduced across 640 full size scans
Værslev’s exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall is his largest solo show to date and consists of two distinct series of new paintings. 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.