Gallery Steinsland Berliner so pass by if you get the chance.
He just moved back to Norway after having studied art in London for six years, which left him broke, and for some reason he seems to manage just fine making a living as an artist in the most expensive country on planet earth. His pubertal and insane—we mean this in a good way—art is heavily influenced by trash culture, extreme subcultures, weird loners, Matthew Barney and taxidermy, of course. Oh and his dead dog Chico is part of the exhibition too as he missed his old doggy-buddy so much that he turned him into a portable gravestone and put the ashes in a purse around his stuffed dog waste—taxidermy is seen as a way of resurrection in Norway. Anyway, let’s put Chico aside and have a little peek at some of his other pieces.
Photo by Lars Holan.
This is a documentation of the sculpture Animal Check List I did back in 2006. It’s a cocoon made out of eight deers, a roe deer, a wolf, a black bear, a coyote, nine red foxes, two squirrels, a mink, four racoons, two wolverines, two badgers and a beaver. The cocoon absorbs the souls of the dead animals it’s made out of, while you wear it on your head like an extended head that becomes your new head. As it’s far too big to move around with, you’re trapped in your head while wearing it. I love this piece even though it’s a bitch to transport and store because, for some reason, no one wants to own an animal brain machine.
This painting is called Michael Jacks Head Trax and it radically changed the way I paint. Before making it, I only made serious aesthetic paintings looking all academic and well crafted instead of choosing images with humour and naivety. Then I suddenly felt the urge to paint this Michael-Jackson-transvestite-shiva-mass-murderer-performer wearing a 50 cent t-shirt. I finished it in a few hours and liked that intense process so much that all my paintings look like this ever since. As if they were made by some un-academic loner who still lives at his mum’s. I really like the way my paintings mix with my big taxidermy sculptures.
BY MILÈNE LARSSON