Notes (on de-classing)
Ben Cain, Nicolas Deshayes, David Douard, Katja Novitskova, Magali Reus
Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger
Mixed media installations
Galleri Opdahl presents five different artists, all showing great playfulness in working with materials in wild combinations. Each artwork has plenty of space to show its own riddle, but also the artwork all seem to belong together somehow.
I am thrilled by the combination of the surprising impact of the works, and the further insight from studying closer. For instance, only from the description in the exhibition note I become aware that inside the chair leg of "Parking (Shade)" there is a car magazine. And by a closer look I notice the installation "Holding Up a Stop" is held up only by friction and the tension between the roof and ceiling. I love such details. It is also tempting to see if that piece will still hold if it is slightly adjusted, as it is tempting to play mikado with the poles of "We are rock (revised)", try to squeeze the squids of "Flints in Gluten", sit down on "Parking (Shade)", or walk through the portal "Untitled".
Ben Cain: Holding Up a Stop
David Douard: SoSick Sunset
Ben Cain: We are rock (revised)
Magali Reus: Parking (Shade)
Nicholas Deshayes: Flints in Gluten
Katja Novitskova: Innate Dosposition + Magali Reus: Noise (Cream Yellow) + Magali Reus: A Line Up (III)
David Douard: Untitled
David Douard: True Vision 2