Sverre Bjertnes/ David LaChapelle/ Tung Lu-Hung/ Ole Martin Lund Bø/ Marilyn Minter/ Marc Quinn/ Torbjørn Rødland/ Elise Storsveen.
This exhibition in the Art Hall's 2nd floor dealt with works, which in various ways problematised the popular culture 's seductive surface aesthetics. While some of the pieces looked like pure tribute to physical beauty and celebrity status, others questioned the contemporary icon worship and the forces of entertainment's manipulative rhetoric.
The artists expressed themselves through a naïve imagery with references to advertising and fashion photography. Thus, the pictures commented on the entertainment industry's aesthetics by deliberately faking it. Many of the works specifically mimicked familiar myths; everyday and popular beliefs related to gender, sexuality, race and nationality mediated through charged symbols.
Curator: Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum
Thore Heramb - The color composer
The summer of 2008, Kistefos-Museet showed, in collaboration with the artist Thore Heramb, a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of paintings.
Pablo Picasso, Juan Braque and cubism are associations one easily acknowledge when it comes to Heramb's art from the 1940s and 50s. As a pupil of Jean Heiberg by The State's Craft - and Art School (1935-37), he was also well aware of Henri Matisse's works and theories. In Heramb artistic development, you can easily see his propensity towards the French; tracks of Matisse's color theory and impressionism brushstrokes.
The liberation of color came quickly. In the second half of the 1950s, we see a blooming in Heramb's art. The use of color explodes, the denominations are many, and he manages something very few artists can do, to get light into the solid black color. Thore Heramb is a large and at times daring colourist.
At the basis of Heramb's art, is always a live model; nature or human. He has three main subjects - act, landscape and window views - and the finished paintings are degrees of abstractions. Heramb constantly seeks to draw out what he thinks is most essential in the subject.