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Bente Sætrang

Never Look Away, 2020

Ayatgali Tuleubek

Atoll, bay, beach, 2018

29.09. - 31.10.2021

Atoll, bay, beach, 2018

Medium: Single channel video with audio.
Length: 1 min, 15 sec.

Atoll, bay, beach (2018) navigates various generic landscapes by listing designations of landscape descriptions in alphabetical order. The images are stock photos - taken by professional photographers and distributed digitally. The images appear at a consistent pace following the female narrator's pronunciation of various words. The result is a condensed and suggestive sequence of images that draws the viewer in using the rhythm of the narrator's voice. The absurd alphabetical listing of a specific category, naming words describing landscapes, provides a new entrance to the well-known generic natural image, dragging it towards the unknown. All images and words are set side-by-side without hierarchy and where they lose their original meaning.

Ayatgali Tuleubek

(b.1985 in Kazakhstan, lives and works in Oslo.)

Ayatgali Tuleubek has made his mark with an exciting artistry. Despite his young age and ancestry outside of Norway,  he is widely recognized within the Norwegian art scene and the co-founder of the artist-run Podium Gallery. In his artistic practice different aspects of the present are examined. Tuleubek deals with varying perceptions of technology, power, and ideology, land, and territories in his work. 

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    Ayatgali Tuleubek, Atoll, bay, beach, 2018.

Never Look Away, 2020

Medium: Textile, Watercolor, Indigosol on damask.
Size: 330 (x2) x 150 cm.

Never Look Away (2020) is a new work exhibited at Kunstnerforbundet connected to Sætrang's solo exhibition in the autumn of 2020. The work's title can be perceived as describing the central places of our times. One cannot look away from what we associate with orienting one's surroundings or from the flooding of information that plunges over modern man in an ever-increasing stream without cessation. The work is two-sided and is mounted freely from the wall so that it reaches the floor. 

Bente Sætrang

(b. 1946) 

Sætrang is an artist operating in the field between painting and textile. Her contribution to the textile field spans four decades of artistic production and professional political engagement. Tireless testing characterizes her work while leaning on a long tradition. Sætrang has received many honors and carried out many major decoration assignments purchased by central art institutions. From 1987 to 1993, she was Norway's first professor of textile art. 

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    Bente Sætrang, Never Look Away, 2020.