ET ANNET STED
4 May - 12 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.
The exhibition was officially opened by Jarle Strømodden, director of Vigeland-Museet.