KUNSTNERE: TERJE NICOLAISEN, BJØRN BJARRE, PAUL DRING, MARTIN SKAUEN AND ULF VERNER CARLSSON
Imitation and playful repetition can be something more than the most decent form of chatter. They can be the premise for reason and an introduction to inventiveness.
Åsmund Thorkildsen – Drawings that function
Bergen Kunsthall is pleased to open the spring season in No.5 with the exhibition Tegneklubben (the drawing club).
This project presents work of the five Norwegian artists Terje Nicolaisen, Bjørn Bjarre, Paul Dring, Martin Skauen and Ulf Verner Carlsson, who all have defined themselves with their playful and often bizarre expression. Tegneklubben will consist of drawings that are produced exclusively for the exhibition, and made jointly by the five artists. Over the last year the club has had sporadic meetings where they drink coffee, chat and draw. The drawings in many ways bear evidence of this spontaneous forum for thought and opinion, and present odd observations, humorous shapes and impracticable ideas.
References to the so-called ‘slacker-phrase’ are clear in this work. The phrase was introduced in the 90’s to describe parts of the period’s artistic style, where formal aspects are replaced with a more unceremonious and fragmented approach to artistic means and techniques. The central point in this approach isn’t the craft, but the opinions and thought processes this art can create.
Tegneklubben manifests itself in this artistic landscape, by attaching importance to naive illustrations, often mixed with simple texts about life’s large and small questions. This unceremonious and partly chaotic way in which these drawings are presented, emphasizes the playful researcher role the artists portray here.