Shikh Sabbir Alam - Mikael Øye Hegnar - Rhiannon Inman-Simpson - Lars Korff Lofthus - Bo Magnus - Olav Mathisen - Gijs Milius
Oh look at you!
the same you have been
here ring after ring after ring.
It has been long since I last came to see you
I hardly remember it.
Did I forget about you?
Anyway I am here now.
In his toned down paintings and drawings, Shikh Sabbir Alam explores relations between eyesight, light, colour and body. His work is based on scenes from ancient local narratives and dreams.
Working in a wide array of media including encaustic wax painting as well as oils and raw pigments, Mikael Øye Hegnar allows chance compositions to develop in strongly vibrant works on their very own terms.
Rhiannon Inman-Simpson recreates her experiences in nature through non-figurative paintings and drawings. She reflects intensively how her body perceives her surroundings, both physically and mentally.
With direct features from Lofthus, Hardanger where he lives and works, the paintings by Lars Korff Lofthus include landscapes in watery, prolific strokes. Often combined with objects or male figures he creates links deeply connected to cultural and historical configurations.
Bo Magnus creates layer upon layer of colourful gestures and motives. As if placing one filter over the next, she playfully merges these separate moments into new places and surfaces.
Continuously experimental, the painting practice of Olav Mathisen reaches out for new techniques and materials. Paint is “pushed off” the surface to be remodelled into atypical frames while rough figurative charcoal outlines remain on the smudged canvas.
Gijs Milius raises questions around events that have never happened but can exist as memories. Through painting, drawing and sculpture he operates with a visual language that is often humorously exaggerated – drastic and tender, obscene and quiet alike.
In Old Tree, subjects of place and displacement come together as stories: about being in the world, continuously altering it as well as becoming part of it. Material experiments and an ongoing search for new techniques and narratives are mutual concerns. Each of the artists have a practice that keeps looking, keeps searching for a moment that seems like a good place to wait and pause.
Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.