Galleri Format Oslo
30 June - 7 August 2018
The glass artist Vidar Koksvik has sometimes described himself as a glassblowing purist. He has come to prominence as a glass artist by using glassblowing as his main technique for treating the material, its forms, colours and patterns. Koksvik is a ‘sampler’ of glass history. His interest in tradition, particularly the tradition of Venetian glass, has been important.
For this exhibition, Koksvik for the first time presents sculpturally-shaped works that share a unifying narrative. They are not merely individual objects. The exhibition deals with ‘human intervention in nature’ and opens for associations regarding the contrast between repulsion and attraction and between life and death.
Koksvik’s new project also explores one of the foremost qualities of glass, namely beauty. In the past he has stated that ‘perhaps beauty is enough’ and allowed it to be a significant element in his works. Now he allows himself to be challenged by the liminality and contrasts between ugliness and beauty. He also borrows references from Rembrandt’s paintings of slaughtered carcasses and Damien Hirst’s divided cadavers for this exhibition.
Vidar Koksvik (b. 1969, Sunnfjord Norway) studied glass art at the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden. He graduated in 1994 and completed further studies in three-dimensional design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in England in 1998. He has a broad experience from national and international glass studios. He also holds an MA in curatorial practices from The University in Bergen. In 1998, Vidar Koksvik took part in establishing the glass studio Egenart near Oslo, and later Klart glass in Grue in Hedmark with the artist Kari Håkonsen. Vidar Koksvik has held several solo exhibitions and participated in several international exhibitions. He has carried out various public decoration commissions and received awards for his works. Collections where his work is represented include amongst others The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, SKMU in Kristiansand, KODE Art Museum in Bergen and The Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany.
Welcome to the exhibition opening Thursday May 3rd at 6 pm.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Jarle Strømodden, director of Vigeland-Museet.
Jewellery artist Reinhold Ziegler presents works made with meteorites. The main emphasis will be on jewellery from his new small-scale production, which in both size and price can appeal to a large public. At the same time, he will show examples of his one-of-a-kind works.
Most meteorites come from the so-called asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They contain remains of the originary material from which our solar system was made and are therefore older than our own planet. Many of the jewellery pieces Ziegler will show consist of rough stones that were formed by the dramatic encounter between the meteorite and the earth’s atmosphere. They have burned surfaces and formations resulting from turbulence and explosions. For other works, he has sanded and polished the meteorites such that their inner structure of condensed stardust is easy to see.
Reinhold Ziegler makes jewellery objects with the intention of creating a connection between the wearer/viewer and the larger conditions for human existence; he wants to connect the individual with the universal. In this sense, he moves beyond the dominant trend in contemporary jewellery art, where the focus is on using jewellery to emphasize the individual.
In his debut exhibition ‘Gravity’ at Galleri Format in 2011, Ziegler presented a series of jewellery objects themed on different aspects of the phenomenon of gravity. In 2014 he held his first exhibition of meteorite-based works under the title ‘Cosmic Debris’. The exhibition was first shown at the gallery Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, then in Munich and Paris. It was accompanied by a similarly titled book published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers in Germany. Ziegler’s most recent solo exhibition, ‘Lust for Life’ (2017), was themed on early phases of life on earth and shown at Galerie Wittenbrink in Munich.