TRIBUTE – Painting and Works on Paper at Trygve Lie Gallery
- SVERRE BJERTNES
- FRANK BRUNNER
- HÅVARD HOMSTVEDT
- THOMAS PIHL
Curated by TURID MEEKER
Opening Reception Saturday Oct. 22, 1–3 pm
The Trygve Lie Gallery has the pleasure of presenting an exhibition with Norwegian artists Sverre Bjertnes, Frank Brunner, Håvard Homstvedt, and Thomas Pihl.
The exhibition, perceived of as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway – in honor of her tireless long-lasting and continuing engagement in support and promotion of Norwegian contemporary art at home and abroad, will be comprised of recent work and feature both paintings and works on paper. The exhibition is curated by Turid Meeker.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sverre Bjertnes (born, 1976, Trondheim, Norway), lives and works in Oslo and New York. He will be represented by a series of new drawings titled REFUTATIONS 1-7, 2011. Bjertnes was educated at the Dutch Academy of Fine Art Enchede Holland with professor Emo Verkerk (2002-04), and at the National Academy of Fine Arts under Professors Arvid Pettersen and Jan Sæther (1995-99). Recent one person exhibitions include: Art Brussel (2011), Happiness of Henry Darger, Galleri K. Oslo (2010), Obsolete. Gråmølna, Trondheim (2010), Obsolete. VOLTA NY 2010, New York (2010), Sentiments, Galleri K, Oslo, 2009, Malerier, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, 2009, Implosion, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, 2007.
Frank Brunner, (born, 1971, Kristiansand, Norway), recently relocated to Oslo from New York, where he lived and worked for many years, will exhibit oils on canvas from his new body of work, some of which were recently on view at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York. Frank was educated at MFA, Yale University (New Haven, CT), Statens Kunstakademi (Oslo, Norway) and Ilja Repin Statsakademi (St. Petersburg, Russia). The artist employs repetition to explore ideas of familiar iconographies, whether that is revisiting his childhood memories integrated with incongruous objects, such as suitcases or studies of the human form through reflected surfaces. Recent one person exhibitions are: Paintings, Galerie Zidoun, Paris, France, 2009, Paintings, Galleri Haaken, Oslo, Norway, 2009, New Pictures, Galleri Haaken, Oslo, Norway, 2007. He has exhibited at Stenersen Museum, and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum; as well as the Stiftung Stadtmuseum, Ephraim Palais in Berlin.
Håvard Homstvedt, (born, 1976, Trondheim, Norway), lives and works in New York but has recently also been an artist in residence at W17, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo. The artist will show a small group of works on paper that are invented portraits, taking inspiration from early 20th Century costume design, they explore a sense of theatricality while concerning formal issues of composition and mark making. Homstvedt received his MFA from Yale University School of Art, 2003, and his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 2000. Recent one person exhibitions include “I Så Fall”, Galleri Riis, Oslo, 2010, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, 2008, Art Basel-Statements 2008, Kantor-Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006.
Thomas Pihl, (born, 1964, Bergen, Norway), lives and works in New York and in Bergen, Norway. The artist will be represented by a major canvas from his new series, part of the project, Personal Structures. The name is a word play on the first major exhibition of Minimalisme, Primary Structures. Eight paintings from this project were recently exhibited in Venice, during the Venice Biennale. Other artists in the exhibition to mention just a few, were Marina Abramovic Hermann Nitsch, Joseph Kosuth, and Lawrence Weiner. After breaking off his studies of music prematurely, he attended various art schools in Norway and the USA, among others, from 1989 to 1996, the National College of Arts and Design in Oslo, from 1994 to 1995, the School of visual Arts in New York City, and from 1997 to 1999, Hunter College of the City University of New York City. Recent one person exhibitions: – Palazzo Bembo, “Personal Structures” – La Biennale Di Venezia, 2011, Kunstnerforbundet – Oslo, 2010, Kunsthuset Kabuso – “Sublime landskap”, 2010, Heiberg Cummings, New York, 2009, Galleri F 15/Punkt Ø – “Flater”. Hoverdbygingen 2.etg, 2008, Galleri S.E – Sculptures – Bergen, Norway, 2008 – Galerie De Rijk – Haag, Netherlands, 2008