Jimmy Nelson - Before They / Part II

Jimmy Nelson was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1967. He is currently based in Amsterdam, while his work takes him all over the globe. Nelson spent five years traveling across Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific visiting 35 indigenous tribes between 2010 and 2013 before publishing the book Before They Pass Away which has become an international success.

Since the beginning of 2016, Jimmy has been on 10 new journeys. This is the start of a new book, which will be published in autumn of 2018. For this second book Jimmy plans to visit another unique 34 indigenous cultures around the globe.

From the Northern reaches of Siberia with the Khanys reindeer herders, to the deep jungles of the Papua New Guinea with the Kaluli. From the Himalayas with the Sharchop in Bhutan to the last hidden outposts of Africa with the Mundari in isolated South Sudan.

Nelson’s work seeks to provoke a discussion and dialogue around the longevity of these rural communities, with many facing the affects of climate change, global industrial expansion and conflicts. 

Before They Pass Away is presented by museums and galleries worldwide, such as Fotografiska in Stockholm, Camerawork in Berlin, and Sotheby’s in London. 

Works from the series are being collected by corporate and private collections. In Norway, corporate collections such as The Statoil Art Collection and Nordic Choice Art and Design has acquired works from Before They Pass Away.

The Before They Pass Away prints are archival prints, mounted on aluminium in wooden frames behind museum glass. Each motif is available in 4 sizes from a limited edition of 19. The prices rise within the edition. All prints are delivered with a stamp of authentication and accompanying certificate. Price range from € 3.750 and upwards depending on size and availability + 5% Art Tax.

 
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Yangshuo Cormorants, China 2005

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Jimmy Nelson's artist talk at Litteraturhuset in November 2016. 

Roger Ballen - BALLENESQUE

The World-renowned artist/photographer Roger Ballen belongs to the most recognised and innovative photographers of his generation.

13.10 - 18.11 2017

On Friday, October 13th, Roger Ballen's mesmerising universe was presented in an old circus tent for a one-night-only at Aker Brygge in Oslo. A selection of analogue photographs combined with movies, projections and a very distinctive soundscape by the Norwegian sound artist Timon Botez enabled those present to experience Ballen´s incomprehensible visionary world in an entirely new way. A Virtual Reality version of BALLENESQUE produced by OONI had its world premiére in the Circus tent that night. The event was a result of a close collaboration with Uncontaminated Oslo

In Roger Ballen's exhibition, works from the 1970s to the present is exhibited, depicting the evolution of the artist’s aesthetic which is now commonly referred to as BALLENESQUE.  The VR produced by OONI is  available on request.

Roger Ballen, who carries a PhD in Geology, was born in New York in 1950. He has worked and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa since the early 1980's. 

‘The images I create, I create not to inform. They are much rather meant to be understood as a coherent commentary on the chaos in our incomprehensible world. If I could attach any meaning to the images, they would be nothing more than simple photographs.’

Ballen increasingly brings painting, drawing, sculpture and graffiti to the foreground of his work. He distances himself from realistic representation and focuses on the image as a manifestation of a state of the mind or the soul, vision, dream or even nightmare. The figurative forms of Ballen’s expression seamlessly blend with newspaper clippings, cardboard drawings reminiscent of the Art brut-aesthetic cultivated by Jean Dubuffet or the Graffiti series of photographs by Brassaï. 

Roger Ballen’s work is shown in prestigious institutions around the world and represented in museum collections such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, Tate London, England, The Museum of Modern Art, USA and Louisiana in Denmark. Ballen’s collaboration with the rap group DIE ANTWOORD has opened his universe to the younger generation – his music video I FINK U FREEKY has received over 100 million views on youtube. He has issued 24 books since 1979, and his most recent book; BALLENESQUE - A Retrospective, published by Thames and Hudson was launched at a book signing event at WILLAS contemporary on Saturday, October 14th from 1-3 pm.
 

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The Curator is Present - Rose Wylie curated by Morten Viskum

Rose Wylie - Manor 2004 - Oil on Canvas - 183 x 188 cm - Courtesy WILLAS contemporary

ROSE WYLIE  'The Curator is Present'

Crowned as Britain’s hottest new artist by the Guardian in 2010, followed by a solo exhibition at the Tate Britain in 2013, 83 year old Rose Wylie has become an unexpected darling of the international art scene. 

In Norway, her work has been presented in solo exhibitions both at Haugar Art Museum [2013] and at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium [2015] - and we are thrilled to introduce her in Oslo with recent works on paper and paintings in an exhibition curated by her good friend and fellow artist and collector Morten Viskum. 

The exhibition presents recent lithographs, water colours and large scale paintings from private Scandinavian collections + the sculpture ‘The Collector’ by Morten Viskum, and a portrait of Viskum, painted by Wylie. 

Rose Wylie first began showing her large-scale, folkloric compositions in the 1980s. Often inspired by simple motifs including animals, insects, flowers and everyday imagery from rural Kent, Wylie also draws on a rich knowledge of art history, mass media and ancient iconography. Her work possesses an intense physicality, which often results in rough texture and raw brushstrokes — she scratches out and covers up various elements, reworking the space until her depiction suits her visual memory. Text appears in many of her pieces, tying together narratives and illuminating characters. With a unique, playful style, Wylie interweaves pattern, motif, vintage advertising, bizarre animals and historical account, transcending the aesthetics of memory. 

Her work is deeply rooted within the everyday, and as a painter who draws a lot, Wylie points at how we navigate that everyday, looking at things, picking stuff up, doing bits and pieces, watching television, reading the newspaper, pottering around the garden, painting a canvas, cooking sausages, draining pasta, and for Wylie, being an artist in 21st century Britain, those things are all tantamount.

In 2011 Rose Wylie won the Paul Hamlyn Prize for Visual arts, and in 2014 she received the John Moores Painting Prize. In 2010 Wylie became the only non-American artist in the Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., and in 2015 she became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.

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With a series of controversial projects, Morten Viskum [b. 1965] has established himself as the artist Norway’s cultural media likes to discuss most. Through his performative works he has shed light on a fear of the ephemeral and the strange that pervades our culture. Employing unconventional tools–including medical equipment, dead animals, cancer cells, and a deceased man’s hand–he challenges both the relationship between science and ethics, and what art can morally embrace. 

Viskum works with installation, performance, photography, and painting, and has been represented at various exhibitions nationally and internationally. The Italian publisher Skira published in 2016 a large monograph about Morten Viskum’s art practice.

The exhibition will present recent lithographs, water colours and oil paintings, some borrowed from Scandinavian collections.

 

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Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams in his Studio in London.

Bryan Adams in his Studio in London.

Bryan Adams at WILLAS contemporary,June 8th - till August 20th 2017
 

Most people are aware of Bryan Adams, the singer, songwriter - but did you know that he also has a successful career as a photographer? WILLAS contemporary will be presenting his works in Norway this summer.

The exhibition ‘Exposed’ presents fashion photography of the highest order, published in the world’s most renowned fashion magazines, as well as images of friends, colleagues and other personalities that Bryan Adams has photographed. People like Lana Del Ray, Morrissey, Ben Kingsley, Amy Winehouse and Louise Bourgeois.

"Wounded - The Legacy of War” is a book of young British soldiers who suffered life changing injury in Iraq and Afghanistan or during training will also be shown in Oslo. Adams’ lens bares witness to their scars, disability and disfigurement.

“Untitled" photographs that have never been exhibited before, beautiful abstract black and white prints of black sand will form a meditative space in the mid section of the Gallery. 

Adams has photographed for magazines including Interview, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, and British and German Vogue. In 2003 he founded Zoo Magazine for which he has received a Golden Federe Award. In 2006 Adams was honoured with a German Lead Award for his series of photographs of Mickey Rourke. Adams work has been exhibited at museums and galleries across the globe, such as the Saatchi Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Haus der Kunst in Munich and at Fotografiska in Stockholm, and is held by corporate and private collectors.

Bryan Adams has published 3 books with the German publishing house Steidl that will be made available for sale during the exhibition; Exposed [2012] Wounded [2013] and Untitled [2016]. The exhibition is presented in cooperation with Crossover. Curator: Anke Degenhard and Mat Humphrey.

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Nick Brandt

Inherit The Dust by Nick Brandt.

Since 2001, Nick Brandt has documented the vanishing natural world and animals of East Africa. Three years after the conclusion of the African trilogy, ‘On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across the Ravaged Land’, Brandt has returned to reveal the environmental damage striking the East-African territory.

The photographs of life-size panels of animals in locations where they used to roam, but as a result of human impact on the environment, no longer do, carry an important message.

It is a general assumption that the destruction in Africa has to do with poaching and feeding the unstoppable demand for animal parts from the Far East. However, the problem is more complicated as it is also linked to the world’s overpopulation and the limited amount of space and resources. 

The monograph Inherit the Dust, published by Edwynn Houk Editions was released in March 2016. The book’s release coincided with the roll out of accompanying exhibitions featuring large-scale prints in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm, and London, among other cities. 

 

International press about Inherit The Dust:

“The wasted lands in Inherit The Dust were once golden savannah, sprinkled with acacia trees, where elephants, big cats and rhinos roamed.  

These now dystopian landscapes - as Nick Brandt’s unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work reveals - brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself.”

- Kathryn Bigelow, Film Director, The Hurt Locker

“Nick Brandt’s astonishing panoramas are a jolting combination of beauty, decay, and admonishment ... an eloquent and complex ‘J’accuse’ ... A collision between Bruegel and an apocalypse in waiting.”

— Vicki Goldberg, art critic, author


“Nick Brandt’s latest work is both gorgeous and disturbing… Brandt has deftly turned his art into a call for action.”

— Jack Crager, American Photo, 10 Best New Photobooks Spring 2016

 

“Brandt’s new collection is his most powerful and heart-wrenching to date.”
— The Daily Beast

“Nick Brandt’s epic panoramas serve as a heart breaking epitaph to a paradise lost.”
— Sunday Times UK

 “An evocative portrait of change and loss”.
— Wall Street Journal

 

Big Life Foundation

In 2010, Brandt co-founded Big Life Foundation, a non-profit organization protecting 2 million acres of ecosystem in East Africa. With nearly 300 rangers, poaching has been dramatically reduced in the region, and is one of the few conservation success stories currently in East Africa.

For more information: www.biglife.org

The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Fotografiska in Stockholm.

For more information: www.fotografiska.eu

 

Steinar Christensen

Click to play video from the installation and preview at WILLAS contemporary´s inaugural exhibition Still Lifes by Steinar Christensen. 

Steinar Christensen - Still Lifes

“Look. And then look again. The first you notice might be the aesthetics. And if you look again, you might discover the other side.”

In a sense, Steinar Christensen’s work demonstrates his ability to open up discussions across genres and may be interpreted as comments on the current state of civilization. He demonstrates a unique ability to renew his artistic expression, yet his work primarily displays traditional still-lifes, incorporating both contemporary elements and art historical references.


The artist collaborates with experts in specific disciplines and embraces new techniques and materials, in constant search to visualize his social engagement. A common characteristic in Christensen’s work is the absence of people, however his art clearly expresses the human condition. Christensen is well known for his photographic work with reference to The Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, as well as his monumental steel sculptures, star installations and international performances. In his most recent work he envisions the subject of death, through Kerberos, the dog of Hades, who guards the entrance to hell and devours the flesh of those who pass.

Steinar Christensen, born 1946 in Kristiansund, is predominantly self-taught, with a short stay at Vestlandets Art Academy in 1970. Christensen has been a professor at Vestlandets Art Academy (1978 – 1983) and Valand Academy in Gothenburg, as well as visiting professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He also served as a professor (1989 – 1996) and acting principal (1991 – 1992) at the National Art Academy in Norway.

Christensen’s work has been exhibited at renowned galleries in Norway and abroad. He has represented Norway at La Biennial di Venezia, and his work is included in numerous private and museum collections, including the National Gallery, the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo Municipality’s Art Collection, Statoil Art Collection and the Norwegian Cultural Council.

 

Steinar Christensen - Formuesforvaltning

It is with great pleasure we, in close collaboration with Formuesforvaltning, invite you to celebrate Steinar Christensen's 70’ birthday.

Steinar Christensen [1946] has always been an artist in progress, offering many surprises in his unpredictable oeuvre. He has no clear signature and moves effortlessly and freely between various medias. He has done performance, worked with sound and music, created huge installations and objects such as Stella Maris in Artscape Nordland. In recent years he has chosen to express himself mainly through photography.

Just as poetry represents densification of an expression, Christensen has developed a unique visual language. His recent works are condensed, layers on layers becoming almost impenetrable. The various symbols may seem detached and casual at first glance, however Christensen invites us to look again. His work opens for both paradoxical constellations and existential situations and serves as silent warnings of the state of our civilisation.

Christensen is a professor at Western Norway Academy of Fine Arts, Valand Academy in Gothenburg and the National Art Academy, and guest professor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.

His work has been exhibited in renowned galleries in Norway and abroad. Christensen has represented Norway at La Biennale di Venezia, his works are included in numerous private and museum collections, including the National Gallery, the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo Municipality Collection, The Statoil Art Collection and Norwegian Cultural Council.

 
 

Jeff Cowen

Click to play video from opening reception of 'Recent Works' by Jeff Cowen at WILLAS contemporary.

Recent Works by Jeff Cowen

"Silence can not be elucidated by what it is, only by what it is not.
This is what I am after - Silence"

During nearly 30 years now, black-and-white film photography has been at the centre of Jeff Cowen’s art practice. His work incorporates subject matter such as the human figure, landscapes, still life and abstractions. He is captivated by what he calls the non-moment — the point in time just before or after something has happened. In his continual search for the unseen, Cowen’s imagery confronts our habits as visual voyagers and does not conform to any genre. Cowen challenges the boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture. The artist works on thick silver based paper and adds a sense of form and depth by ripping the prints to pieces before re-assembling them to make something even more beautiful. Furthermore, he experiments with various chemical treatments, specialised darkroom techniques or painted colour.

Jeff Cowen was born in New York City in 1966 and has been based in Europe since 2001. As a graduate in Oriental Studies from New York University and Waseda University in Tokyo (1985 – 1988) he photographed intensively on the streets of New York while working as an assistant to Larry Clark (1988 – 1990) and Ralph Gibson (1990 – 1992). Cowen later studied drawing and anatomy (1994 – 1996) at the Art Students League of New York and the New York Studio School. Published and exhibited worldwide and represented by galleries such as Michael Werner Gallery in Cologne, Cowen’s work is held in prominent private and institutional collections.

 
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Jean-Michel Fauquet

Jean-Michel Fauquet - Traces of Being

Jean Michel Fauquet was  born in 1950 in France. He lives and works in Paris. Over the past 30 years, the artist has created his own complex and fascinating universe consisting of photography, painting, drawings and sculpture. Fauquet collects cardboard boxes and basic materials which he processes into timeless objects with a surface resembling worn leather. The artist paints on the silver gelatin print with thin layers of dark oil paint, making each photograph a unique and organic piece. Jean-Michel Fauquets work has  references to baroque paintings and Film Noir. In the Merz series he pays homage to Kurt Schwitters.  

In addition to his fascinating still-lifes, he photographs landscapes and staged portraits with a similar aesthetics. When mounted together in Fauquet´s characteristic polyptychs,  the viewer is invited to visit his universe, and perhaps triggered to construct a tale from his or her own memory and imagination. Jean-Michel Fauquet’s work is found in major public collections such as Fonds National d’art Contemporain, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie and Musée National d’Art Moderne.  Fauquet has published more than twenty books and catalogues. 
 

 
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LOOK AGAIN

WILLAS contemporary is pleased to present its first group show - LOOK AGAIN. 

Look. Then look again. The first you might notice is the aesthetic. Then you might discover the other side. The artists technique and aesthetic differ, but they all have one thing in common. They strive to create art that makes us question ourselves. Art that makes us look at the world from a different perspective.

Photographs by Roger Ballen, Nick Brandt, Steinar Christensen, Jeff Cowen, Arno Rafael Minkkinen and drawings by Kjell Torriset.

Our opening hours this summer are Tuesday - Saturday 12-5 pm and by appointment via www.willas.com

NICK BRANDT [1966]

Elephant with Wasteland - Inherit the Dust - 2015 - Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt is an English photographer who photographs exclusively in the African continent, one of his goals being to record a last testament to the wild animals and places there before they are destroyed by the hands of man. Three years after the conclusion of his trilogy, “On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land”, Nick Brandt returns to East Africa to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world.

In a series of epic panoramas, Brandt records the impact of man in places where animals used to roam, but can no longer do. In each location, Brandt erects a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wastelands and quarries.

Works from ‘Inherit the Dust’ by Nick Brandt will be presented as a solo show at WILLAS contemporary opening on September 15th, 2016.

ROGER BALLEN [1950]

Eugene on the Phone - 2000 - by Roger Ballen

Over the past thirty years Roger Ballen’s distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear, but through the 1990’s he developed a style that he describes as documentary fiction. After 2000 the people he first discovered and documented living on the margins of South African society increasingly became a cast of actors working with Ballen in the series “Outland and Shadow Chamber” collaborating to create disturbing psychodramas.

The line between fantasy and reality in his more recent series “Boarding House and Asylum of the Birds” has become increasingly blurred and in these series he has employed drawings, paintings, collages and sculptural techniques to create elaborated sets. People are now often absent altogether; replaced by photographs of people used as props, by doll or dummy parts. Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography. His collaboration with the South African rap group Die Antwoord in directing the music video ‘I Fink you Freaky’ has so far been seen by over 80 million people.

STEINAR CHRISTENSEN [1946]

Old Masters - 2016 - by Steinar Christensen

 

In a sense, Christensen’s work demonstrates his ability to open up discussions across genres and may be interpreted as comments on the current state of civilization. He demonstrates a unique ability to renew his artistic expression, yet his work primarily displays traditional still-lifes, incorporating both contemporary elements and art historical references.

The artist collaborates with experts in specific disciplines and embraces new techniques and materials, in constant search to visualize his social engagement. A common characteristic in Christensen’s work is the absence of people, however his art clearly expresses the Human condition. Christensen is well known for his photographic work with reference to the 17th century Dutch Golden Age as well as his monumental steel sculptures, star installations and international performances. In his most recent work he envisions the subject of death, through Kerberos, the dog of Hades, who guards the entrance to hell and devours the flesh of those who pass.

JEFF COWEN [1966] 

MOANA - 2007 - by Jeff Cowen

Jeff Cowen is recognized by his painterly and sculptural mural-sized compositions. During nearly 30 years now, black-and-white film photography has been at the center of Jeff Cowen’s art practice. His work incorporates subject (matter) such as the human figure, landscapes, still life and abstractions. He is captivated by what he calls the non-moment, the point in time just before or after something has happened. In his continual search for the unseen, Cowen’s imagery confronts our habits as visual voyagers and does not conform to any genre.

Cowen challenges the boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture. The artist works on thick silver based paper and adds a sense of form and depth by ripping the prints to pieces before re-assembling them to make something even more beautiful. Furthermore he experiments with various chemical treatments, specialized darkroom techniques or painted color.

ARNO RAFAEL MINKKINEN [1945]

Laurence Ta Cenc - 2002 - by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

For nearly 45 years now, Minkkinen has devoted his work exclusively to the nude self-portrait as a primary vehicle to express the human condition through images made in natural and urban landscapes. His photographs encompass several other genres, such as art performance, the male with female nude, and landscape photography, resulting in a body of work that challenges classification. Inviting the viewer to become a voyeur of sorts, he captures the beauty of being part of something bigger and more permanent than one’s own naked self.

KJELL TORRISET [1950]

Torriset´s interest in Art History, languages, literature and philosophical themes is evident in his fragmentary imagery. In his drawings, the rich and distinctive repertoire of shapes, architecture and written language are significant themes and articulated in a spontaneous but nuanced expression. His diverse methods form a dialogue between recognizable symbols and abstract structures, a visual universe where an enigmatic existence often emerges. The timelines intersect with these creations that carries within themselves the past and present where the human condition is considered in a wider historical perspective. In this exhibition we present Arctic Stare - an installation consisting of 32 individually framed drawings.

'I suppose its an ambitious work and one that I worked with over some time. I think I did decide that the drawings, as the work grew,  belonged to each other in some way and that I eventually wanted them exhibited together - as one piece.

They represented my many interests, my approach, all that I wanted my art to reflect, my interest in history, politics, religion, literature etc etc. and that gradually the dialogue between and across the work could come to the fore and demonstrate a coherence, or even the disjunction, in this  broad conversation - with so many voices, and that you as a viewer also became part of that conversation and made the connections that were needed. The sum of the many parts became the work, although many of the drawings could stand on their own, the chorale took on its own expression.

The title 'Arctic Stare' has been borrowed from a photo caption in W.H.Auden and Louis MacNeice's book "Journey to Iceland" from 1937 where the authors became aware of the nordic tendency to stare unrestrained, as if in a trance, at the world. Where I grew up we used to call this "Saude-stirren", the way sheep or the bovine creatures stare in almost hypnotised concentration and curiosity back at you.'

Kjell Torriset - June 2016.

Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson - Before they Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1967. He is currently based in Amsterdam, while his work takes him all over the globe. 

'In 2010, I planned to become a guest of 35 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threa­tening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.' 

Nelson spent five years traveling across Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific visiting 35 indigenous tribes between 2010 and 2015. The resulting images beautifully capture the relationships between his subjects and their surroundings, rituals and traditions. 

Nelson's work seeks to provoke a discussion and dialog around the longevity of these rural communities, with many facing the affects of climate change, global industrial expansion and conflicts. 

Before They Pass Away is presented by museums and galleries worldwide, such as Fotografiska in Stockholm, Camerawork in Berlin, and Sotheby's in London. Works from the series are being collected by corporate and private collections. In Norway, leading collections such as The Statoil Art Collection and Nordic Choice Art and Design have acquired works from Before They Pass Away. 

The Before They Pass Away prints are chromogenic prints, mounted on aluminium in nut wood frames behind museum glass. Each motif is available in 4 sizes within a limited edition of 19. The prices rise within the edition. All prints are delivered with a stamp of authentication and accompanying certificate. Price range from € 3.750 - €45.000 + 5% Art Tax.

 
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Jimmy Nelson's artist talk at Litteraturhuset in November 2016 Produced by Jeanett Økland in collaboration with Bilder Nordic School of Photography. 

Jan C Schlegel

Jan C Schlegel - Tribes of Our Generation

Ever since the origins of humanity, geography has determined which culture, nation or ethnicity we belong to. Globalisation changes this, leaving many of us with unresolved questions. How do we become part of a culture? What are the mechanisms that determine the tribe we belong to - and how we choose to present ourselves?

Jan C. Schlegel is internationally recognised for his many classic and timeless portraits of indigenous people from around the globe. He recently made a fascinating discovery. He found aesthetic elements and symbols he recognised from his many travels within our own culture. Schlegel started making contact with people from different subcultures that interested him, and invited them to his studio. His subject matter in Tribes of Our Generation are people who act as role models in their subcultures, people who are linked together on instagram and other social media.

Jan C. Schlegel [1965] was born and raised in Schwarzwald in Germany. He discovered photography at an early age. Schlegel works with a large format camera on traditional film. His images are not digitally edited - but magnified in a traditional darkroom and partially toned using an intricate technique that makes each photograph unique.

WILLAS contemporary is the first gallery to present 'Tribes of Our Generation' by Jan C. Schlegel. We invited the Norwegian Art Critic Lars Elton to write an essay on Schlegel's work. Tribes of Our Generation can be a gateway to increased understanding and respect for subcultures in our own society.

 

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The black and white photographs from Jan C. Schlegel are taken with a 4x5 field camera (Ebony SV45 Ti) on traditional film (Kodak Tmax 400). The Negatives are developed in Kodak D76 Developer 1+1 dilution.

To enhance shadow detail and the appearance of sharpness, each Negative is sandwiched with a traditionally made unsharp mask. Highlight masks are used to increase highlight details in most of his prints.

Nothing is digitally edited, and the pictures are enlarged on fiber base photographic paper (Fomabrom Variant 111).

Afterwards each photographic print is partly toned (own mixture) in order to give each picture its special inner dynamics and depth. Often this process takes several hours and turns out differently with each print. This way each print is unique.

To finish the process, each picture is Selen toned which guarantees its maximum life and enhances the depth in the shadows.

The pictures are mounted on aluminium boards.

 

 
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Helene Schmitz


Helene Schmitz - Sunken Gardens

Helene Schmitz is interested in the complicated and sometimes violent relationship between humans and Nature. Through her work she explores how Nature and its forces are portrayed in science, art and literature.

Schmitz draws inspiration from these areas of knowledge and how they influence our understanding of the natural world. Her work often makes us question our preconceptions. A subject she frequently returns to is the fragility of human made constructions in contrast to Time and Nature. 

Schmitz was born 1960 in Stockholm, and holds a BA in Film & Art Theory from Stockholm University in Sweden. Cinematography is a major source of inspiration for Schmitz in her exploration of architecture and spatiality. She is interested in spaces as carriers of meaning, memories and references. 

Helene Schmitz has exhibited her works internationally throughout Europe, Japan and the US. An important part of her oeuvre is the publication of artist books. Her publications ‘Blow Up’ [2003] and ‘Ur Regnskogens Skugga’ [2012] were both nominated to the Swedish August priset. ‘Ur Regnskogens Skugga’ was also awarded the Swedish Publishing-Prize. ‘Linnaeus and the Dream of Order in Nature’ is translated into English, French, and Japanese. 

Her work is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Public Art Council in Sweden, the Cultural Department of Stockholm County Council, and in several private collections in Sweden and internationally.

Exhibition period from 29th of April to 11th of June 2016.

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Oulunjarvi Afternoon

An artist talk with Arno Rafael Minkkinen recorded at WILLAS contemporary in April 2017.

Floating in the Air by Arno Rafael Minkkinen from March 16th - May 28th 2017

“Art is risk made visible”

For over 45 years, Arno Rafael Minkkinen has focused his work on the nude self-portrait as a primary vehicle for expressing the human condition through images made in natural and urban landscapes.

His photographs are based on the reality before the lens—photography at its purest—setting aperture and squeezing a shutter bulb or other self-timer device to fire the camera. Using himself as subject—so no one else comes in harm’s way—he captures the beauty of being part of something bigger and more permanent than one’s own naked self. Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1945 and immigrated to the United States in 1951. A Wagner College graduate, he began taking self-portraits in 1970 while working as an advertising copywriter on Madison Avenue. An MFA degree soon followed studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island School of Design. Today an Emeritus Professor of Art at UMass Lowell and Docent at Aalto Univer sity in Helsinki, Minkkinen has also served as an international curator and essayist.

Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen’s work can be found in over 75 prominent museum and institutional collections such as the Centre Pompidou and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. 

Minkkinen received the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006, the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art in 2013, and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2015.

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen´s photographs are Archival pigment prints on Museo Rag Paper, Luster surface. The prints are available as approx 51*61 cm and 102*127 cm in editions of 25 and 10 respectively. Prices range from $5000 to $40,000 - all depending on size and availability. A few of the motifs are also available in a larger size -approx 147*178 cm.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Balanced Equation
350.00
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Arno Rafael Minkkinen - SAGA
700.00
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Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Homework
600.00
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Steinar Christensen - Formuesforvaltning

Steinar Christensen at Formues Forvaltning

It is with great pleasure we, in close collaboration with Formues Forvaltning, invite you to celebrate Steinar Christensen's 70’ birthday.

Steinar Christensen [1946] has always been an artist in progress, offering many surprises in his unpredictable oeuvre. He has no clear signature and moves effortlessly and freely between various medias. He has done performance, worked with sound and music, created huge installations and objects such as Stella Maris in Artscape Nordland. In recent years he has chosen to express himself mainly through photography.

Just as poetry represents densification of an expression, Christensen has developed a unique visual language. His recent works are condensed, layers on layers becoming almost impenetrable. The various symbols may seem detached and casual at first glance, however Christensen invites us to look again. His work opens for both paradoxical constellations and existential situations and serves as silent warnings of the state of our civilisation.

Christensen is a professor at Western Norway Academy of Fine Arts, Valand Academy in Gothenburg and the National Art Academy, and guest professor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.

His work has been exhibited in renowned galleries in Norway and abroad. Christensen has represented Norway at La Biennale di Venezia, his works are included in numerous private and museum collections, including the National Gallery, the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo Municipality Collection, The Statoil Art Collection and Norwegian Cultural Council.

 

 

Kjell Torriset

Kjell Torriset - Tegninger / Drawings

Kjell Torriset was educated in London and Oslo and has since 1993 been living in East Sussex, England. Throughout his rich, poetic imagery and extensive exhibition activity, Kjell Torriset has acquired a central position on the Norwegian Art scene. In 1992 he was selected as the official exhibitor at Festspillene in Bergen and in 1999 Torriset’s work was presented in a solo exhibition at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. Torriset has executed large-scale commissions for Oslo University Library and other institutions. His works are included in collections such as the British Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and The National Gallery of Oslo, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, The Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo Municipal Collection, as well as in numerous private collections.  

Kjell Torrisets interest in Art History, languages, literature and philosophical themes is evident in his fragmentary imagery. In his drawings, the rich and distinctive repertoire of shapes, architecture and written language are significant themes and articulated in a spontaneous but nuanced expression. His diverse methods form a dialogue between recognizable symbols and abstract structures. A visual universe where an enigmatic existence often emerges. The timelines intersect with these creations which carry within themselves the past and present where the human condition is considered in a wider historical perspective.  

The book 'Tegninger – Drawings’ which is designed in close collaboration with designer Henrik Haugan from Snøhetta and published by Press Publishing, will be launched in conjunction with the exhibition.  

The exhibition ‘Tegninger – Drawings’, also designed in collaboration with Henrik Haugan from Snøhetta presents drawings, paintings and installations.

Private Preview, March 11th, 2016 from 18.00 to 21.00 [by invitation only]

Official Opening & Book Signing, March 12th, 2016 from 12.00