Kristen V. Rønnevik
Documentation of green interventions in public space, part of an exhibition series, a relay from from artist to artist at Kinokino
Life becomes art, art becomes life.
Art, business, and lifestyle are all blended in this work by KVR. On his travel by bike from Haugesund to Sandnes, there are many spontaneous stops on the way. His occupation is green gardening, and when he notice something that needs to be fixed on the way, he stops to get it done. Instead of taking care of private gardens as he usually do, his attention is now on the public areas than nobody care about. The grass and shrubbery along the roads are carefully treated with love. Green plants emerging from the ground are given more space, a dumped bed on the roadside is turned into a resting place, tall grass is cut.
This slow way of travelling is not common anymore. We all want to go faster, faster, and miss the opportunity to stop and enjoy the details, especially the ordinary ones. A symbolic part of this was to do the trip including the ferry from Skudesneshavn to Mekjarvik. This line will be closed this summer, to make way for a new road that makes us go faster. There will be no more contemplating on the waves of the sea on this four-times-a-day ferry that used to be the main transport route along the west coast. Even if this transport route will be lost, we will still be able to travel slowly by bike. Rønnevik has shown us how.