Each of the four artists is nominated on the basis of individual, strong artistic oeuvres. The materials they are working with span a broad range, stone, wood, text, photographs, films, sound. They share a willingness to explore the paradoxical destruction in the act of creating. A work of art is necessarily destruction, transformation and dissolution before synthesis. Artistic practice is the willingness to erase comfortable pictures, beautiful scenarios and safe framework. It is also bruises, friction and uncertainty. Perhaps this kind of practice is what connects the four nominated artists, a practice they operate in different ways.
Mattias Härenstam connects morbid humour with the paradoxical powerlessness and savage energy in desire and longing. He treats the ordinary, pleasant life in the suburb as a script made for David Lynch. His own films have a similar undercurrent of turmoil and possible disaster. The sculptures form disturbing tableaux, with polished surfaces in stone and wood perforated with holes where eyes, teeth and fluid leak out. Härenstam exposes gaps where the sinister passes, where imagination takes over and the sound reasoning is letting go.
Mattias Härenstam (b. 1971 in Sweden) is a graduate of Western Norway’s Art Academy in Bergen and Städelsschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main. Härenstam has held numerous solo exhibitions, including places like the Vigeland Museum in 2016, Kunstnerforbundet in 2012 and Gallery UKS in 2009. In 2013, his short film Reconstruction was nominated for an Amanda, a Norwegian film award. In November, Härenstam will participate at an exhibition at Stavanger Art Museum with new works.
Knut Henrik Henriksen works with sculptures that alternate between promising models and architectural frustrations. Henriksen submits the standards, our common matrices, to observant adaptations. With references to the dominant mind-set within modernist architecture, he builds models that play with material realism on the terms and conditions of functionalism, while exposing the distance between the brilliant utopian idea and the pragmatic solution in reality.
Knut Henrik Henriksen (b. 1970 in Oslo) studied at the art academies in Bergen and Frankfurt. He has had solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall in 2012 and 2014, Opelvillen in Russelsheim, Germany, Galerie Denise René in Paris, UKS in Oslo, Hollybush Gardens in London and Standard (Oslo) among others. He also participated at Momentum in 2013 and 2006 and group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel, South London Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Drawing Room in London, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In addition, he has produced a number of permanent public sculptures, as “Full Circle” by Kings Cross St. Pancras Station, London.
Lars Laumann assembles found material with his own subjective narratives. His installations and films break down the boundaries between documentary and fiction, between borrowed and created, and subtly distort the perception of what is factual. He is influenced by artistic expressions at the edge of the culture field, by people outside the norm, by outsiderness and the uncertain. The marginalized is found as well in his cinematic expression, which largely does not comply with what is considered good cinematic practice.
Lars Laumann (b. 1975 in Brønnøysund) graduated from the Oslo Art Academy in 2001. He is especially known for his video works which has been shown at places like the 5th Berlin Biennial, Liverpool biennial, Kunsthalle Basel, Oslo Kunsthall, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, ICA in London, the National Museum in Oslo, and New Museum and MoMA in New York. Laumann has held numerous solo exhibitions, including at Kunstnernes Hus in 2016, Grand Union in Birmingham, UK and West in The Hague, Netherlands
Vibeke Tandberg does not settle and rest content. Her practice uses different artistic expressions, all with the same meticulous care; she’s a photographer, painter, writer, and film director. A restless testing of opportunities within the arts, an investigation of how the world shapes itself and how to shape the world characterize her art practice. Ideas and works are deconstructed and reconstructed. Creating becomes violence, alteration, conversion, and dissolution. Tandberg emphasizes that the subject is an unstable point of venture, meaning is shifted all the time, and artistic freedom is without expectations.
Vibeke Tandberg (b. 1967 in Oslo) is a graduate from the Department of Photography at the Academy in Bergen and the College of Photography and Film in Gothenburg in Sweden. She has held residencies at Bethanien in Berlin and ISCP in New York. And she has had numerous solo exhibitions, among others at Osl Contemporary, Norrköping Art Museum, Haugar Kunstmuseum in Tønsberg, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Sprengel Museum Hannover and the Astrup Fearnley Museum. Of group exhibitions we can mention the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Moderna Museet in Malmø and Stockholm, Kunsthalle Bonn, 28th Biennale in Sao Paulo and the Sydney Biennale.
The Lorck Kunstpris e is a collaboration between Christian Lorck Schive and Spouse Trust and Trondheim kunstmuseum. The purpose of the Lorck Schive Art Prize is to generate debate and interest around contemporary art by honouring outstanding artists. The prize exhibition is held at Trondheim kunstmuseum every second year. The first exhibition took place in 2013. The Prize money is NOK 1 100 000 (apx. 123 000 EUR), with 150 000 NOK (about 16 700 EUR) going to each of the four nominated artists, and 500 000 NOK (apx. 56 000 EUR) to the winner. The prize is thus one of the world’s largest. The price exhibition can be seen at Trondheim Art Museum from October 1, 2017.
The Lorck Schive Art Prize is granted by the Lorck Schive and Spouse Trust, which was established in 1878 by Christian Lorck Schive and his wife Marine Sophie Wille. The revenues come from land leases in Trondheim, and the trust is therefore both commercially and politically independent. This is the third year that the prize will be awarded in its present form.
Trondheim kunstmuseum is one of Norway’s leading art institutions with a public remit to serve as a regional knowledge base for national and international developments in art. Founded in 1845, Trondheim kunstmuseum houses one of Norway’s largest public collections with key works of Norwegian 19th and 20th century art, as well as works by important international figures.