Martin Clark

  • Fredrik Værslev

    Fredrik Værslev

    All Around Amateur

    Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie, and Steinar Sekkingstad

    Fredrik Værslev's work navigates between different painterly traditions, and demonstrates the possibilities and relevance of the medium today. He treats his paintings as objects, often created through more or less laborious, serial, or deterministic processes where time itself, as well as various external factors, become active cocreators in the making of the work. In several series, he has left his paintings outdoors for long periods of time, allowing the weather and external wear to complete the work. Other works employ apparently clichéd techniques, motifs, or art-historical quotations (i.e., dripping and splattering). More recently, Værslev has been working with a tool used for marking painted lines on roads and sports fields.

    Published in conjunction with Fredrik Værselv's exhibition “All Around Amateur” at the Bergen Kunsthall and Le Consortium, Dijon, this publication, comes in two different versions, with each book comprising 320 one-to-one digital images scanned from eight of Værslev's new “sunset” paintings. Each canvas produces a total of eighty scanned images, which are reproduced in the book sequentially, left to right, top to bottom. The full-bleed scans in each “volume,” together, reproduce an entire wall of paintings from the exhibition. The paintings, based on photographs of sunsets taken by Værslev on his iPhone from airplane windows, evoke the work of art-historical figures such as J. M. W. Turner, Mark Rothko, and Edvard Munch.

    The catalogue also includes newly commissioned texts by Ina Blom (University of Oslo), Martin Clark and Steinar Sekkingstad (Bergen Kunsthall) as well as an interview with artist Anne Pontégnie.

    Copublished with Bergen Kunsthall, and Le Consortium, Dijon

    Contributors Ina Blom, Martin Clark, Anne Pontégnie, Steinar Sekkingstad

    • Paperback $54.00
  • Ane Hjort Guttu

    Ane Hjort Guttu

    eating or opening a window or just walking dully along

    Martin Clark, Steinar Sekkingstad, and Ane Hjort Guttu

    On the occasion of Ane Hjort Guttu's 2015 Festival Artist exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, presenting her latest film work, this substantial monograph gathers reflections on recent projects and offers insight into the artist's work and methodology.

    Guttu's new film Time Passes (2015), and commissioned by the institution, debates the contradictory and complex issues around the uses of and rights to public space, urban poverty and inequality, and the responsibility of the artist to produce commentary. An essay by Kim West introduces Guttu's work as portraiture filmmaking crossing the gaze of the documentarian with a decidedly subjective point of view; Pablo Lafuente situates the work in relation to the responsibility of education and critical consciousness; and Ekaterina Degot draws out questions on the egalitarian character of contemporary art, particularly in light of the ideals highly present in the social imagination of Norway, “the last welfare state.” The texts are accompanied by visual essays and an artist interview with Halvor Haugen. This publication presents a framed view on this artist's recent works, and takes a position on the role of the artist and the potential of art as a critical and political tool.

    Copublished with Bergen Kunsthall

    Contributors Martin Clark, Ekaterina Degot, Ane Hjort Guttu, Halvor Haugen, Pablo Lafuente, Steinar Sekkingstad, Kim West

    • Paperback $44.00