Per Inge Bjørlo
Per Inge Bjørlo
Vekta av lunge og kråkelyd
Exhibition duration: May 13 – June 28, 2015
“For more than thirty years, Bjørlo has been a key player on the Norwegian art scene. In his many exhibitions, he has developed a complex and highly persuasive artistic production.“ (Caroline Ugelstad, chief curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo)
Following the opening at our Berlin gallery on the occasion of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, we are pleased to announce Per Inge Bjørlo’s first exhibition with Gerhardsen Gerner at the Oslo gallery!
In the mid 1980s a series of genre-transcending presentations established Per Inge Bjørlo in the international arena, eventually including his participation in biennials in Sao Paulo and Venice. Bjørlo’s output spans graphic art, sculpture, drawing, and painting in favour of a ‘total artwork’. His series of works entitled Inner Spaces involves and envelops the public, in the sense that one could actually enter into the artwork. In many ways Per Inge Bjørlo introduced installation art to Norway’s institutions. Today, some of them can only be experienced through documentary material, while others are accessible in institutions and museums.
In Bjørlo’s art, inner as well as exterior space are emphasised. Psychological states and emotions find their form through an expressive artistic idiom. His art works function like mental condensations; highly personal stories with many layers of meaning and recollections. The dramatic installations reflect the dark gravity in the artist’s work, and succeed in creating a concentrated tension.
At Gerhardsen Gerner Oslo, Per Inge Bjørlo presents new sculptures in aluminium and rubber, a material that would mark the beginning of the artist’s consistent exploration of medium and materials.
Per Inge Bjørlo has been most active in the Scandinavian countries, where museums and institutions like Louisiana Art Museum in Denmark, the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, along with the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Astrup Fearnley Museum, both located in Oslo, have discovered the importance of his oeuvre within the nordic art scene and supported his artistic production. With this show Gerhardsen Gerner aims to reestablish this important Norwegian artist on the international art landscape.
Bjørlo was born in 1952 in Spjelkavik, Ålesund. He lives and works in Hønefoss, Norway. His work has been featured in numerous institutional exhibitions within Scandinavia and beyond, including: Vandalorum, Värnamo; Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal; Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen; Henie Onstad Artcenter, Oslo; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Lillehammer Artmuseum, Lillehammer; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; XLIII La Biennale di Venezia, Venice; Daad Galerie, Berlin; 18th International Art Biennial, Sao Paulo.
Group shows include: Bjørlo/Sandberg, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Norwegian Profiles. Bjørlo/Sandberg, Gothar Kunstforum, Cologne; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Kunsthalle Essen, Essen; Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock; Seoul International Print Biennial, Seoul; Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock; Barclay/Bjørgengen/Bjørlo. Extended Points, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
For further information please contact Marina Gerner-Mathisen, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo: email@example.com
or Maike Fries, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://www.gerhardsengerner.com
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