Institutt for Farge
Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger
Collaborations, concrete curtains, cocktails and colors
"Solo" is, disregarding the title, another exhibition at Rogaland Kunstsenter with focus on collaboration and collectives. This time we experience the works of the collective or artist group "Institutt for farge" (Institute of Color). This makes me expect works exploring the possibilities of colors.
The importance of collaboration and creative exchange is rather difficult to read in the artworks. The artist is noted on each title, and the materials are very different: Concrete, textile, building materials, paper, murals. But I do not sense how this exhibition of a collective differs from an exhibition of individual artists. That is, I do not find the spirit of the collaboration in the works. To understand this I will probably need to talk with the artists or attend an artist talk if there will be one.
I end up with my impressions of the artworks: Here is a playfulness with materials. A construction of bricks has become a bench for us to sit on. What seems to be curtains are actually made of concrete, revealed by the heavy chains they hang from. Construction bricks have become cubistic animals. Collages of drawings, quotes and poetry are patched onto the walls. And carpets with colorful threads both hang on the wall and lay on the floor. Even colorful cocktails were served. There are several different colors, but I am uncertain what role they play. Maybe there is a clue to this in the room with the sculpture called "Trapp" (Staircase): From the entrance no colors are seen, but if you enter the room and get to the inner corner, the colors on the bricks become visible.
Steffen Håndlykken: Benk / Ingrid Lønningdal:Form III-V
Elizabeth Schei med Silje R. Hogstad og Arna Lund-Johnsen: Uten tittel (chickenshit)
Silje Hogstad: Trapp / Elizabeth Schei med Silje R. Hogstad og Arna Lund-Johnsen:Vegger
Steffen Håndlykken og Ingrid Lønningdal: Gardin / Oval (grønn)/(oransje)/(brun)
Silje R. Hogstad: Dyr (puddel)