Rune Guneriussen, Karoline Hjort, Riitta Ikonen, Helle Mellemstrand, Atle Østrem, Eline Medbøe, Jonas Daatland, Joran Jacobsen, Maria Sundby, Svanhild Rohdin, Elisabeth Rydland Nilssen, Vibeke Rød Kjøde, Robin Frohardt
Curated by the artist collective Hugprud
Galleri Sult, Stavanger
Upcycling of found materials, garbage used in art
The idea of this exhibition was not only to show how used material or garbage could be recycled to something else, as recycling business report papers into toilet paper or soda bottles into fleece sweaters. The task was to find artists who upgrade the material to be or be part of an artwork. By this the item not only retrieves its value, it gains more value. Just as a rock, a blank canvas or clay are materials for creating art, garbage may be too. It may be garbage from someone else, or the artist's own garbage.
The artists are using materials, doors, machinery and leftovers from the garbage dump, leftovers from earlier art projects and rejected artworks, or even gathered material from individuals.
This is a surprising, entertaining and very inspiring exhibition. The danger is that this inspiration will have you gathering all kinds of items that may be of use some day, like the "Garbage Man" by Ilya Kabakov.
Elisabeth Rydland Nilssen & Vibeke
Robin Frohardt: Fitzcardboradaldo
The movie "Fitzcarraldo" by Werner Herzog recreated in cardboard in a preview of a full-length movie that will probably never be shown.
Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen: Eyes as Big as Plates # Halvar + # Astrid
In workshops the artists have taken volunteers into the nature, creating wonderful headdresses and adornments of natural elements.
Eline Medbøe & Jonas Daatland
In a relay or exchange the artists have been sending items back and forth, each time adding items they happened to have around.
Atle Østrem: Glory days + History/Mystery + Høgspenning livsfare
The personas from a wide range of weirdos are combined with text on found material. Østrem seems to find the person hiding in the material, and even add the story of the person through the textual elements.
Joran Jacobsen: Malapropos + Man måste jämföra + Unraveling
Drawings made on earlier rejected artworks.
Helle Mellemstrand: Dwellings
Bowls made of old quilts. While quilts have a strong usability, the bowls depend on their artistic value, not use value. Items fully usable, but faded and old-fashioned, are transformed into sculptures.
Rune Guneriussen: The heirs motivational speech
A mass of identical items, chairs, lamps are brought as sculptural elements into nature, creating that one magical moment that will never happen the exact same way again.
Svanhild Rohdin: Universal Key
Collected purposeless keys from various people together form a giant key sculpture.
Eline Medbøe: Chewed up and spitted out
Leftover cuttings from a previous art project of clothes, create beautiful abstract motives.
Maria Sundby: RAkett 8 + Long Island Lighman II
The artist made porcelain eyeballs and put them into old fuse holders, creating life of strange beings.